We asked a few of our cruising friends to give advice to cruise travelers. According to them, they have seen it all and have many stories to tell. Following their guidance can make things a bit easier for an inexperienced cruiser. After all, good advice and great experiences help almost everyone.
First Things First.
Nothing is more annoying than rummaging through your bags at airport security or customs on the way to your cruise. Keep everything handy and in one place. Use a little carrying case, something similar to a business card holder or small pocket photo album, to contain everything.
Copy several sets of your driver’s license or photo identification, as well as your passport or visa. Also, your credit cards and traveler’s checks should be copied. Leave one set at home with a trusted, easily reachable family member or trusted friend. Lock one set up in the personal safe in your ship cabin, or lock it in the ship’s main safe. Also keep your originals and another copy with you at all times, but in separate places. This will help you in case you lose anything, or it is stolen. Better safe than sorry.
Make your time count.
If you want to avoid missing the beautiful sunrise or a particular activity, bring your travel alarm clock. Or better yet wear that smartwatch you got. Keep in mind, if you are in an inner cabin aboard the ship, there are no windows – it will be dark and virtually impossible to know what time it is.
Take a mesh laundry bag with you to keep dirty or soiled clothing. This will keep your clean clothes separated. The cabin will have plastic bags, and you can use this as well to keep your dirty clothes away from the clean ones. This is handy when it is time to pack.
An extension cord or two comes in handy with those cabins that have electric outlets in strange places. You will have to keep the camera and your phone charged at all times. Not to mention any of the other devices you have.
Ziploc’s baggies are useful when packing your suitcase. Such items as shampoo and sunscreen are safe in these. If they were to leak, the baggies would contain the leak and keep your clothing safe. Medications can also be packed into clear baggies. The Airport security or customs will want to examine what you have, and baggies allow the security officials to see the contents of your suitcase at a glance. This helps to get you moving and on your way.
Take extra batteries and memory sticks for your digital camera. Your battery charger might be useful too, depending on how much your camera will be used. And if you fly to your cruise port remember to tell customs you have the devices. .
Binoculars are a must for sightseeing. Sometimes, you will not be able to get up close and personal to things. You will be glad to have them. There are so many small and powerful binoculars you can pack with ease.
There you go!. By heeding the advice from seasoned travelers, you will save yourself some trouble in your cruising vacation. Now prepare for some fun and adventure!