Every day, more and more people are discovering the all-inclusive pleasures of a cruise vacation. More singles, families, couples, honeymooners, second honeymooners and groups of friends are sailing away on the vacation of their lives. Last year alone approximately seven million people enjoyed a cruise vacation. To ensure you have a smooth trip, consider these cruise tips, including what to pack on a cruise, what to bring on a cruise and more. And as always, remember to consult with a travel agent for your next cruise to ensure you have the best experience possible.
- Remember that shore excursion expenses are typically not included in the cruise fare.
- Expect to pay $20-100+ for shore excursions.
- If you are elderly or have a handicap, you may not be able to go ashore at some ports. Check with the cruise line.
- Check with the cruise director or physician about where to eat onshore. Some food items and beverages, especially water, may be off limits.
- To explore a city more in depth or to see an aspect of it not included in the fare, consider traveling on your own rather than with a tour group.
- Book shore excursions as soon as possible either before you leave or immediately after boarding a ship.
- You aren’t likely to be covered under a ship’s insurance if you explore on your own. Check the details of your ship’s cruise policy beforehand.
- During a shore excursion, always carry identification, the name of your ship and its docked location. Take a photocopy of your passport with you as well.
- If you explore on your own, it up to you to get back to the departure point on time. If you miss a launch, you’ll have to meet the ship at the next port – at your expense.
- Leave valuables, excess cash and unneeded credit cards aboard.
- Guides may give you badges to wear for identification, but bear in mind these identifiers only make it easier for shop keepers and thieves to target you.