Get ready to set sail! A cruise is the best all-in-one vacation you can take.
Before leaving for your cruise, make sure you have your passport or picture ID. It is also good to carry a copy of your birth certificate for further identification.
Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen and any medicine you think you may need for motion sickness. If you are prone to motion sickness, make an appointment to see your primary care physician and ask him/her to give you a patch that you can wear behind your ear. This patch will help with motion sickness. If you experience motion sickness while on the ship and you have no medicine, don’t worry, the medics on the ship can give you some.
Because you’re planning to arrive at your ship’s port of call, make sure you arrive on time and at least 2 hours before the ship’s planned departure. If you’re not on the ship at the scheduled time, you will be left!
No cash is accepted on the ship. You will purchase a cash card for all your purchases on the ship. This card also serves as your identification card for leaving and re-entering the ship at your different ports of call.
Once onboard, the first and most important meeting for all guests on the ship is the safety/emergency meeting. At this meeting you will learn the proper procedure to wear your life jacket and what to do in case of an emergency. You will also learn the procedure to load the “life boats” in case the need arrives.
After this meeting, get ready for the fun! There is so much to do, there is no way you can do it all in one week. Let’s begin with the food, you can start with breakfast in bed or room service is right at your fingertips. If you’d like to take a walk to the dining hall, you can eat all you want; the dining hall is opened 24 hours. You can help yourself to a midnight buffet or the all day ice cream bar. Whatever your choice, you will certainly not go hungry. There is one night called the “Captain’s Night” where you wear your best, formal or informal but you cannot enter the formal dining room unless you are dressed your best. After dinner you have chance to take formal pictures that you can purchase at the end of your trip.
Other activities on the ship include casino, live shows, a gym, beauty/massage parlor, karaoke, basketball, rock climbing, just to name a few. When you reach your ports of call you can make reservations for offshore excursions. In any event, you will never be bored!