There is no better way to see multiple places than by taking a cruise. Getting comfortable in your cabin and letting the destinations come to you removes all the hassle of flying to different airports and checking into different hotels. Whether you want to see the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or even the Baltic sea, you can’t beat a cruise.
If you’ve never cruised before, there are a few things worth considering to make sure you make the most of your holiday. To ensure you have the best trip possible here is how to prepare for your cruise.
Arrive at your embarking point a day early
Travelling can be a stressful business. We all know the worry about missing connections and being late for flights. While the worst-case scenario of missing a plane is that you have to catch the next one, this is not the case with a cruise.
To ensure that you have the breathing room you need should there be any hiccups, arrive at your departure point a day early. This means you have plenty slack should there be any problems, and that you can embark on your cruise at your leisure.
Be picky with your cabin
The advantage of cruises is that you stay in the same room while the destinations come to you, but this means you are stuck with the room you have. With this in mind, ensure that you choose your cabin carefully.
Make a list of the facilities you need and choose a room that contains them. Not all cabins have baths for example, so if this is something you need make sure and book a room that has one.
This also goes for the location of the cabin on the ship. If you want to be close to certain amenities on the ship, make sure and book the right room. And if you are prone to seasickness try and find a cabin near the centre of the ship as this minimises the effect of the ship’s movement.
Don’t worry about packing lightly
It may go against conventional holiday wisdom, but there is no real benefit to packing lightly for a cruise. While there is always plenty of entertainment available, downtime on the high seas is inevitable.
This means having a few good books, electronic gadgets, and other things to keep you amused is the best idea to make sure you have as much fun as possible.
Also, don’t expect to be able to buy necessities while on the open water. Most cruises have shops, but there is no guarantee that your cruise liner will sell what you need, so feel free to fill your suitcases!
Plan your activities before you set sail
Cruises aren’t just for lounging and relaxing. Most cruise holidays are packed full of group activities, day trips, and other things to keep you occupied.
The cruise operator will have full itineraries available before you hit the water, so look through it and decide which ones you want to take advantage of. This means you are well prepared and won’t miss out on the best activities.