So, you’re planning a cruise and it’s time to set a plan of action. No matter if you’re familiar with cruising or if it’s your first, it’s always good to do some research in advance. The last thing you need to worry about is forgetting to pack an essential item that may not be available for purchase while away. The more prepared you are, the more relaxed you will feel.
Set a Budget
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It’s important to know that the cost of the cruise only gives you access to certain things: boarding, food, and entertainment. The price of the cruise does not include additional luxuries like excursions, spa days, or alcohol. Many excursions need to be booked in advance; especially if it’s an activity you don’t want to miss out on. When browsing for cruises, remember to check out prices for drink packages and any additional activities you’d like to enjoy on your trip. Planning ahead and saving will ensure you have the time of your life at sea.
Booking Your Cruise
After you have your budget planned, it’s time to book a cruise! It’s important to keep in mind what kind of atmosphere you’re looking for: party cruise or family cruise. If you’re aiming for complete relaxation, it’s best to do some research on cruise lines and figure out your best option. If you’re a first-time cruiser, or if it’s been so long since you’ve been on a cruise you forgot everything, don’t fret. Checking out websites that list to-do lists, travel checklists, and more can help you plan ahead and narrow down your options.
Before traveling, you’ll need to create a checklist of things to bring to be better prepared for your cruise. The most important thing you will need to know is if the cruise line you chose requires a passport. If you’re porting to and from the U.S., it may not be required. However, you will need a proof of citizenship at customs, so keep this in mind. Having the appropriate documents on hand will help make things go more smoothly. Make sure to check for dress code, too. If there’s a formal night, you’ll need to pack appropriately; and ladies don’t forget your heels for photos!
Traveling out of the country is exciting, but being out of the country and having an emergency can be a scary experience. Of course, there will be a medic team on the cruise in case of emergencies, but if you need to be transferred to the hospital, that’s another story. If you are hospitalized, MedjetAssist can arrange transportation to a hospital of your choosing. If you travel often, and you’re looking for additional protection, check out the memberships that MedjetHorizon offers.
Well, there you have it! If you complete these four things before your cruise, you are golden. If you are interested in knowing more information on what to do before your cruise, keep doing some research. There are so many resources at your fingertips to help make your trip a success.