Romantic, exciting, and thrilling, a cruise is something you should go on at least once. There are Europe cruise tours to try as well as cruises to other equally exotic locales. If you have never been on one, but are actively planning it, there are a few things to know. Follow these tips to have the experience of a lifetime. Do your research There are many cruise tours to pick from and all offer a great time. While it may be tempting to choose anyone, it pays to do your research. What ports will the line touch? Will there be guided shore excursions or do you have to find your way around yourself? How much time will you have to explore off the ship? You should know the answer to these important questions beforehand. Have documents in order Find out what documents will be required on the tour. Not all cruises that depart and return to the US ports require passengers to have passports, but it is always a good idea to take yours. Contact the cruise line for clarifications. You do not want to end up in trouble because of inadequate or incorrect documentation. Make hard copies to take along and have the soft copies on email or cloud storage for easy retrieval. Select the right cabin Ships have different cabins that range from small inside cabins to large suites. As with hotels, expensive cabins will entitle you to more amenities and rewards. Which to choose really depends on how much you are willing to spend. If you are easily seasick or are looking for peace, you may want to book a cabin that isn't on the far end and isn't located close to a source of the noise. Pick the right tour Whether you go on Europe cruise tours or one that focuses on entertainment, make sure you know what the package offers. Some tours may not have many presentations onboard but may provide better shore excursions, while others may focus on elaborate performances and organizing a variety of shows on the ship. If you are taking children along, you will want the tour to include child-friendly events. Do your homework so that you do not select the wrong tour. Get organized Book what you want beforehand, whether it is a shore excursion or a spa treatment. You will most likely be busy during embarkation day and may not have enough time. Pack essentials like power adapters, gadgetry, and chargers. Pack several sets of casual wear for daytime as well as a few formal clothing separates in case there is a dress code (which there usually is in the evenings or at dinnertime). Keep documents in an organizer and inside a carry on. It can take a while before passengers receive their luggage; so you want to have what you need close to you. A cruise can be incredibly worthwhile or an experience you would not want to relive. Make it count by being prepared. You will be able to enjoy yourself to the fullest and make memories to cherish for years to come.