By Guest Lecturer Sandy Cares

The more you cruise aboard Oceania Cruises, the more you get to know the ins and outs and little secrets that make life on board feel like home. Since I’ve been lecturing aboard the ships since 2010, I have a few secrets to share that I’ve picked up along the way. Whether it’s your first time sailing or your tenth, these insider tips will help make your time on board and ashore a breeze.

1. There’s a simple trick to figure out which way to turn to find your stateroom when you exit the elevator. I see it over and over again. For the first few days of a new cruise, guests emerge from the elevators and ask, “Do we go right or left to our corridor?” I have a simple tip – look for the telephone. The phone is on the side of the even room numbers.

telephone - elevator exit

2. The complimentary Bulgari amenities in your stateroom have a flip-top lid. I can’t tell you how many times I have squeezed and shaken and pleaded with them to release the contents only to end up with a big blob at my feet. One day I put my glasses on in the shower for a closer inspection. That’s something I don’t usually do in the shower but it paid off – I discovered the bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion all have wonderfully convenient flip-top lids! All you have to do is flip the lid and voila! The contents will pour out like silken honey.

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3. Plan ahead in getting small bills for your time ashore. I hear about it all the time. Guests don’t bring enough small bills for tips and tchotchkes before going ashore and the Reception desk can run out of small bills. Go to the casino the night before and ask the casino cashier to help you break big bills. They will also help toward the end of the cruise when you need small –or big – bills for tips for the fantastic crew!


Stay tuned for more insider ship tips from me in the coming months!