Cruise Tips: Make the Best of Your Onshore Experience

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.