October is Plan a Cruise Month! Cruising is a great way to travel and see the world, and now is a great time to start planning a cruise trip. To make the most of your trip we compiled some of the best tips to help you prepare for your next cruise trip.
Pack all first-day items in your carry-on.
Anything you might need for the first day’s activities should go in your carry-on bag. You won’t have to waste time unpacking right away when everything is easily accessible in one bag. This also helps cover you in case your baggage is lost or delayed from your flight.
Figure out if a drink package is “worth it.”
Before you opt in for a drink package, do some math to find out how many drinks per day it would be equal to. If it’s more than you would drink, it may not be “worth it.” However, a drink package means you won’t even have to think twice before ordering since it’s already paid for!
Be aware of the cultures of countries you’ll visit.
Some countries may require you to dress more conservatively than others. Your cruise line should provide this information but it can’t hurt to do your own research too.
Bring your own medication.
If you need over-the-counter medications once you’re on board, it will cost you way more than at home. Think about aspirin, motion sickness prevention, and even sunscreen.
Pack your favorite snacks from home.
Aboard the ship, snacks are overpriced. If you pack your own snacks you can save some money while guaranteeing access to your favorite foods.
Tipping isn’t necessary.
Usually there is no need to tip on board because it’s already built into the cost. There will be opportunities to tip if you would like to, but know that it’s not expected.
Know if you’re prone to motion sickness (or prepare for it).
If you think you’ll get seasick, select a room toward the middle of the ship with a view to the outside. It should be a smoother ride in the middle, and seeing the horizon can help balance you out. To be on the safe side, you can buy motion sickness wristbands that help many cruise travelers.
Pack travel insurance.
Travel doesn’t always go as planned. A third party travel insurance provider, like Travel Insured, offers more extensive coverage than insurance offered by cruise lines. To learn more, talk to your travel agent or visit www.travelinsured.com.