Cruising for the first time can be overwhelming. Dining times, spa treatments, shore excursions – it seems like there are tons of decisions to make. Here are six simple tips that will help make your first cruise a little less stressful.
Tip 1: Arrive one day early for your cruise. One night in a local hotel gives you time to rest prior to boarding your ship. It also enjoys you aren’t delayed getting to the ship on time. The last thing you want to do is miss the boat!
Tip 2: Make sure you have travel insurance. Although an added expense, it will give you peace of mind should something happen and you are unable to go. Heaven forbid something happens while you are cruising – most insurance plans will cover extra costs.
Tip 3: Have all your documents ready and filled out prior to boarding the cruise ship. This will help you have a smooth and quicker check-in process. Be sure that all of your documents are within easy reach in your handbag or carry-on.
Tip 4: Make sure to pack in your carry-on your bathing suit, a few toiletries and a change of clothes in case your luggage does not arrive to your stateroom in time for dinner. This also allows you to head to the pool and start your vacation as soon as you arrive on-board.
Tip 5: Use zip lock bags to store your toiletries and suntan lotions. This will prevent spills and leaks and will ensure you have plastic bags handy for any shore excursions should you need them.
Tip 6: Make as many reservations prior to leaving as possible. Whether for shore excursions, extra add-on private dining experiences or spa treatments – the best extras fill up fast and you don’t want to miss your chance. If you can book prior to sailing, do it! Don’t wait until you get on-board. Chances are your choices will be limited.
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