There is no denying it but embarking on your first cruise is an exciting and potentially unforgettable experience. However, adequate preparation is needed, especially with so many cruise lines, ship facilities, features, and itineraries to choose from. Panning for cruise vacations is unlike on-land vacations because of unique features. Vacation facilities like restaurants, the concierge, tour providers, accommodation, and entertainment are all onboard the cruise. This makes preparation a lot less hectic as you would for land-based vacations. Nevertheless, we have compiled tips for you on how to prepare for your inaugural voyage. Read on to find out what to do.
Put Together All Your Travel Documents
After you have established your destination and researched the most appropriate cruise lines, take time to put all your travel documents together. Most ports don’t require you to have travel passports, but if your cruise has an international destination, be sure to cruise with a passport. A travel passport can come in handy in case you need to book an unexpected flight back home. That said, you should ensure your travel passport is valid and not expired before you take it with you aboard the cruise. And it doesn’t stop at that. Take time to review your destination country’s visa requirements.
Contact Your Bank For Local Currency.
If yours is an international destination, contact your banks to inform them of the state before your departure. That helps you to avoid credit and debit card freezes. Most banks have an online-based travel assistant. Here, you can input your travel dates and even select the card or account you would like to use while on your vacation. Another excellent preparation tip is to get the local currency for each of your destinations. But not all destinations will require a different form of currency, for instance, Galapagos cruises will require U.S. dollars. So if you are traveling from the U.S. to the Galapagos islands, you will be thrilled to know that your money will be good here. It’s not always the case, but in some instances like this it is. Know what currency you will need before departing, that way, you wouldn’t waste time lining up at the customs offices or ATMs looking for money exchange services.
How About A Packing List?
Unlike land-based vacations, cruises take care of your accommodation and transportation all in one. That said, packing for you would be easy because you only have to do it once, and that’s from home before you depart. Besides, minor items such as toiletries and laundry shouldn’t worry you as you will have that onboard the cruise. That helps as much because you wouldn’t have to overpack. The beauty of cruises is that regardless of your destination, you can pack swimsuits to take advantage of hot tubs and pools while aboard the ship.
Get To Know Your Ship.
Explore the ship on your handset or computer through the official website. That helps you familiarize yourself with the vessel before you set sail. Besides, most cruise lines have detailed ship plans on their websites. From pools and staterooms to lounges and restaurants, you will find no shortage of high-end cruise facilities. Moreover, you will realize that most spaces and facilities are specifically designed to accommodate gatherings.
Once you have researched and put all that together, you can go ahead and select your destination date. Before you embark, double-check to ensure that you have all the supplies you might need while onboard your inaugural voyage. If you are traveling with family members, set meetup destinations, and communication points in case of an emergency. Meet daily to check on everyone, and stay safe while you travel the open waters.