Top Ten Tips
Is this your first cruise? Not to worry, Cruiseships.com is here to make sure your questions are answered. Let us share our cruising tips on what to expect before you board and along the way, so you can relax and enjoy your cruise!
Important things to know:
It is important to make sure you have a valid Passport before you leave on your cruise. Whether you are staying in the US orif your cruise travels into other countries it is always advised to have your passport with you. It is also recommended to check with the cruise line to see if any additional documents, such as Tourist Visas, are required for entry to certain countries.
Be sure to print out a copy of your airline itinerary and bring it with you on your cruise. It is always a good idea to confirm flights a few days before your departure and having this documentation with you allows you to easily confirm your return flight.
Travel insurance is something that is highly recommended whenever traveling outside of your home country. Many different types of insurance are available for purchase including cancellation insurance, medical insurance, baggage insurance, etc. Be sure to check to see what you require to make sure that you are adequately covered should anything happen.
What to pack:
When packing for your cruise it is important to consider your cruise destination. If you are visiting a warmer climate it is important to pack lightweight breathable clothes that will help keep you cool. Daytime dress on a cruise ship is quite laid back and casual so pack items that you feel most comfortable in, don’t forget to bring appropriate foot wear suitable for any activities you intend to enjoy during your trip.
Evening attire on most cruise ships tends to be more formal and generally requires women to wear a dress or cocktail dress and men in either a sport shirt or pants or a jacket and tie for more formal evenings. Tuxedos are often suggested for formal nights or specific dining occasions but are not required. If you do not own a tuxedo do not panic. Most cruise ships offer tuxedo rentals or a dark suit and tie is a perfectly acceptable alternative. Most of the shorter cruises have a causal dress code, anything longer than 10 days usually have 2 or more formal and semi-formal evening. If you do not feel like participating in the formal evenings, you can always opt out and simply visit the buffet for dinner.
Most cruise lines use a “cashless” payment system that makes it easier to make purchases onboard the ship. Often, at the start of your cruise, you will be issued a “cruise card” which is like a credit card that you can use to make purchases. You will be required to sign a receipt for each purchase which will accumulate on your account and be paid in full by either credit card or cash at the end of the trip.
All cruise lines offer an extensive variety of shore excursions and tours. Shore excursions are a great way to optimize your time at each port and generally include transportation to and from the portas well. To make sure you have time to enjoy everything you want to it is suggested to review the shore excursions ahead of time and even book your excursions in advance when possible. Many of the popular shore excursions can fill up fast, so booking ahead is a great way to ensure that you are able to see the sights that are most important to you.