You’ve been planning your cruise all year, and your last-minute plans have been all booked. Now you’re finally boarding your cruise ship, and you’re quickly filled with excitement and nervousness. It’s time to start your vacation, and you’ll be going on your first cruise soon. While there are many things new cruise-goers won’t know, here are some things you should know before you set sail:
- Don’t forget to do check-in online. Now you’re finally ready to go on your first cruise, and you’re probably a little nervous. You only have one more thing to do: check-in online. It’s not hard to do, but it is important. Take a look at our checklist to remind you of all the things you should know before your first cruise.
- Make sure to be up to date with any health requirements you have, such as vaccinations and a current tetanus shot. Cruise lines have made safety a priority on all of their ships, and this includes a mandatory list of safety requirements for passengers traveling. For example, all passengers must be up to date with any health requirements they have, such as vaccinations and a current tetanus shot. If you’re not already, it’s a good idea to make sure to be up to date before you travel so you can help protect yourself from any potential medical problems.
- You will need to pack clothes suitable for a formal gathering. Before your first cruise, the first thing you should do is check your cruise itinerary to see how many formal nights you’ll have to attend dinner. If you’re traveling on a seven-night cruise, you’ll have six formal nights and three informal nights. That means you’ll have to know what you will wear
- Make sure you have enough cash on hand for the whole trip and that you know where to find the bank machine. You can’t go wrong with a cruise, but there are a few things you should know before booking your next voyage, and one of the most important is how to get your own cash out of an ATM on the ship (or at the port) while you’re away. This is especially important if you have children in tow. Many cruise lines won’t allow children to use the ship’s ATM, so if you want to get cash out, you’ll need to do so before you leave port.
- You might want to choose a room to avoid getting motion sickness. If you are prone to motion sickness, check out the sizes of the different cabins on your cruise ship. Lower and central decks usually have less motion.
- Send your messages or calls before your ship leaves the port. Since you will be out of touch with friends and family for an extended period of time (two weeks or more), make sure to spend plenty of time on board getting to know your fellow passengers and crew. Because cruise lines have a strict policy on pre-call/text messaging, if you want to get in touch with any friends or family members before you leave on your cruise, you should do so before the ship sails.
- You may or may not be allowed to bring food and beverages onboard. Cruise ships are technically private vehicles, so it’s not uncommon to see people bring their own food and beverages onboard in order to cut down on costs. However, it varies on the cruise line that you are with. Cruise Lines are also fond of saying “no” when it comes to food and beverages onboard, but you may be surprised to learn that you can bring your own as long as you have the correct credentials.
- Always bring your photo ID and passport. One of the things you might want to do before you cruise is to acquire your passport and photo ID. This might seem a little crazy, but it will make getting off the ship a lot easier if the situation arises.
If you’re searching for a vacation destination that will allow you to have a great time during your trip, cruises are a great choice for you. On a cruise, you’ll see all that there is to see, and you can take your time exploring the ports of call. These are the best places to enjoy all that the world has to offer, and the cruise lines have ensured that they’re on top of things so that travelers can have an amazing time. Although cruises may seem like a vacation for the whole family, it’s not a good idea to take children on a cruise for the first time.