IF you're due to go on your first cruise and are not sure what to expect, then you may just want to take note.
That's because a man named Matt who works on a cruise ship has shared four things all first-timers should know.
From tips to avoid morning sickness to the first thing you should do when you get on board, here he reveals all…
In a clip shared to TikTok (@thecruiseguy), the cruise ship worker begins by noting that no matter how many times you've cruised, motion sickness is still a possibility.
Making clear that he's not a doctor and that a doctor should be consulted first, he notes: "I always pack non drowsy Dramamine or less drowsy Dramamine."
And despite contrary belief, Matt's next tip is to make sure you keep your stomach full.
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"You may think if I keep eating it's going to make me want to vomit, but it actually really helps to stabilise your stomach," he explains.
"To help with motion sickness, be sure to book a cabin that's midway front to back and midway top to bottom.
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"That's where you'll feel the least amount of motion."
BUY A LANYARD
A lanyard isn't something you automatically think of bringing away with you on holiday, but according to Matt, it's an essential.
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"If you don't already have some sort of a lanyard to put your card inside, get one as soon as you get on the shop," he advises.
"They sell out really quickly and you're going to need it."
The cruise ship worker says that people are often really hungry when they first get in the ship.
"Go up and get a quick bite to eat," he says.
"But then get your muster drill out of the way.
"You don't want everyone waiting on you before the ship can set sail."
As explained by royalcaribbean, a muster drill is a "mandatory safety exercise with the objective to familiarise all guests and crew with the location where they are to assemble in the unlikely event of an emergency.
"During this drill, additional safety information (i.e., how to don a life jacket) is presented."
Matt's last piece of advice is to put your phone on airplane mode.
"You don't want crazy fees from your mobile phone service and this may be a little controversial, but I would say don't get an internet package," he explains.
"If you really really need one, just get it for like a 24 hour time span rather than buying it for your whole cruise."
Sharing his top tip, he goes on to say how when he gets to every port, he likes to go to a Starbucks or some coffee shop with free Wifi and check what he needs to check.
"But the whole point of a cruise is being in the middle of the ocean and begin offline – so don't be tempted," he says.
"If you have an internet package it's going to feel like you're not even on holiday – it can also be super expensive and add up."
The video has since gone viral, racking up over 214k views and hundreds of comments, with many commending Matt on his useful advice.
"I love this ty! Going on my second cruise in 5 days. Still so helpful! I was clueless on my first and still feel a little bit this time too!" wrote one.
A second penned: "Thank you for all your info…going to Bermudas October 8th."
A third commented: "Have I been on many cruises before? Yes. Did I still watch it all? Also yes."
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Meanwhile, a fourth added: "The wrist bands saved my life!"
And a further chimed in: "Ok this is very helpful!"
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