So you have your cruise booked and the excitement has turned to panic over what to expect. Relax; be prepared so the stress can become what to do night after night on the open waters and visits to Ports Unknown.
Legal Requirements– Make sure you have a passport and it is not expired. Most ports of call now require a passport to exit the ship. If you want the most of your cruise, this should be the number one requirement. Remember it takes time to get your passport, while they do offer expedited requests, they are not guaranteed. If you are unsure of the requirements, call the 800 number for the cruise line and ask the questions.
Plan Your Destination– Before you book and pay for your cruise, be sure to check out all options to ensure that you are able to visit the areas that you want. Often times, there are a few cruises that stop at different destinations in the same area. Do a bit of research on each port of call. There are wonderful little gems tucked into each Port of Call.
Packing Your Bags– While you are looking forward to fun in the sun or an icy and cold destination; don’t forget the activities that will be happening on the ship. Be sure to pack a formal set of clothes for at least one night. There is usually one night that you will need to be dressed to impress. For the best of times, pack a bit for each type of weather to expect at all ports of call. Maximize your fun and increase your appeal. Taking a cruise is all about letting go and having a great time.
Plan Your Activities:-Once you have booked your cruise, look into the ship that you will cruise on. There is always a diagram available as to the layout of the ship, activities to expect, dining options and all night cafes and dancing. The best I can tell you here is to make a loose agenda on your activities; there will be plenty to see without having to follow a plan. Don’t make the mistake of over-planning, you will lose out on some great times.
Taking a cruise can be a great choice and a wonderful time. Take a moment beforehand to get prepared and have knowledge about your destination. After that, you are free to dance the nights away and relax under the star in absolute bliss.