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Cruise Embarkation Day

What to do on boarding your cruise ship

  • Arrive early in order to avoid long queues and be one of the first in line to board the ship. That way, you can explore your cabin and other parts of the ship before too many more people arrive.
  • Should you notice anything in your cabin that is not to your satisfaction, you should report it immediately.  That way, should you need to move to a different cabin and one is available, you can do so while the extra cabin is still free.
  • After exploring your cabin, make your way to the dining room and check with the maitre'd regarding your seating arrangements.  If there is anything you are not happy with, have a word with them immediately so that the necessary changes can be made.
  • Check the ship's alternate restaurants for any first night discounts.  It's common for prices to be lower on the first night since most guests visit the main dining room on that night.
  • A passenger safety talk and life boat drill will be conducted on the first day.  It might seem trivial and the chances of using what you've learned is highly unlikely.  That said, it is always better to be safe than sorry and, who knows, it could be a great way of mixing and mingling with fellow holiday makers.
  • If you wish to enjoy a shore tour while your kids stay behind on the ship, you should check with the Children's Programme Co-ordinator on your first day aboard.  There might be time limits and other information you need to know regarding their facilities.
  • If you took the time to pre-book shore tours with the ship, you should confirm these bookings as soon as possible.  Make sure that you have all of your paperwork with you when confirming.
  • If you are inclined to enjoy a spa treatment during your trip, do yourself a favour and book your treatment on the first day aboard.  The most popular times and treatments tend to get booked up pretty fast.

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