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Pre-Embarkation Cruise Tips

Things you know before you leave on a cruise

  • Reserve a cabin that best suits your budget.  Remember that your cabin is just one part of your travel expenses and you wouldn't want to spend too much of your budget here.  Whatever you save by choosing a cheaper cabin, you can enjoy elsewhere.  This could be in the form of on shore tours, shopping or even on board fun.  If, however, you are able to comfortably afford a balcony cabin, you will definitely be happy with your choice.
  • Select a cabin based on the itinerary.  If you are going to be spending plenty of time docked and able to explore different towns and cities, then paying for a fancy cabin could be a waste of money.  If, on the other hand, the trip involves several days out at sea without stopping at any ports, then you can expect to get your money's worth from a pricier cabin.  The more time you spend in your cabin, the more you should be willing to spend on your cabin.
  • Take note of where your cabin is situated in relation with other ship features.  Being close to the dining room, for instance, has its perks but if you need more peaceful nights, then try to book a cabin far away from such places as the on board nightclub.
  • If you suffer from seasickness, there is no reason to be detoured.  There are a number of effective pills on the market to help you through this and, in addition, you should select a cabin close to the middle part of the ship.  Cabins located close to either end experience more movement when the sea is rough whereas those towards the middle are less affected.
  • If you are travelling to any destination with a coral reef, you should make sure that your tetanus shots are up to date in the event of a coral cut.
  • Read through your travel insurance terms in order to determine exactly what your coverage includes.  Check with your medical insurance company and find out what they need in terms of documentation (from the shop and port) should you need to make a separate claim.  Write everything down or get it in writing from your insurance company and keep it on you at all times.
  • If you do not travel overseas often or if you do not make regular use of your credit card, you should get in touch with your credit card company and notify them of your travel arrangements.  Failing to do so could result in your card being blocked and you could be left with little or no spending money for your trip.
  • Take photographs of your luggage prior to checking it in.  This is a great back up plan should your luggage be lost or damaged and will serve as visual evidence.
  • Do whatever you can to make your luggage stand out and be easily recognisable.  If you are purchasing a new bag or set of bags, try to buy an unusual colour or design.  Another alternative is to attach something to your bag handle like a bright ribbon or large tag.

 

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