Preparing for Your Cruise
There are lots of things you can and need to do to ensure trouble-free sailing on your cruise adventure. The following is checklist you may find helpful:
1. Know your ship.
Study the deck plans on the cruise line's website, read online reviews and passenger chat boards, and scan social media sites. You want to know what to expect prior to getting onboard. Via social media, you may even be able to reach out to people are going on your cruise too.
2. Make any important requests.
Maybe you have food allergies or special food needs (for example, no carbohydrates) - inform the cruise line in advance. These are things they should be aware of early on. Go here if you want to have cruise vacation.
3. Go through your paperwork.
Make it a point that, in all of your cruise documents, your name is spelled right and it matches what's on your ID; if there are discrepancies, your cruise line or travel agent should know ASAP. As well, your birth date must be correct. And while you're at it, complete any needed documents online or in the packet provided by your agent.
4. Set a budget.
Don't forget to include souvenirs for yourself and for friends and relatives back home, and of course, gratuities for the crew. Determine how much cash you should have on hand, too.
5. List down all your medications.
Update your prescriptions and ensure you have adequate supply for the whole time you will be on the trip. And while you're at the drugstore, grab some sunscreen.
6. Prepare your passport.
The last thing you want before a trip is a misplaced passport.
7. Make arrangements for those you will leave behind.
Make sure the the dog sitter, house sitter or babysitter knows exactly when you will be away.
8. Gather very important items.
Choose a place in your home in which to deposit all items you'll need, such as phone chargers, batteries, your camera, and the rest. Each time you remember something you need to bring, you'll know where to put it.
9. Plan which credit card to bring.
If you plan to use your credit card, advise the company that you will be traveling abroad and in which specific countries. Aside from a lost passport, you'll surely hate getting your card flagged as a security risk too.
8. Double-check everything as you make your way out.
In simple terms, just check if you have everything you need: paperwork, cash, medicines, etc. Set your work email in "out of office" mode. Give instructions to everyone who needs them, whether your staff or your children. Click here if you have questions.