Things All First Time Cruisers Should Know
Cruising has gained popularity in the world of travel and tours. This is one such option that enables the traveller to visit multiple destinations while enjoying the scenery and excellent delicacies to enjoy the cuisine, all this at leisure. To enjoy the trip completely few precautions and meticulous packing is essential.
- Choosing the cabin
Selection of cabin is quite important, depending upon the personal habits and likes one should select a cabin. Are you in habit to stay in closed room without window, or you like the unending sea view for long are the points you must consider while selection of the cabin as you will be in the cabin for longer span during voyage. It is advisable to avoid the cabin below the dining room or pool.
- Choosing the itinerary
Depending on the individual liking one should carefully select the cruise with good itinerary. There are cruises which touch different ports with very short duration may be daily, or touch a port after longer sea voyage. Selection of cruise to suit the idea of ideal vacation is therefore vital. Touching ports daily may mean that there are only few hours for every port, one must not forget that ship has fixed time halt in port so learn to adhere to the time slot. It is very common for the latecomers to get stranded at a certain port and arrange on their own to join the ship at next destination.
- Plan your embarkation
As one boards the cruising ship for the first time experience the hospitality and the vibes of the cruise these hours are vital for planning for the entire duration of the cruise. There are packages like drinking package, dining package or the activities packages choosing right package right in the beginning can give you better leverage. Appointments to spa etc. should be fixed immediately as they get over busy in the course of time and you may not be able to avail the facility.
- Proper packing
Packing of the clothing and the other essential accessories is very important. You must also know if there is any dress code of the ship. Ziploc bags can pack wet bathing suits and toiletries, carrying a travel alarm clock could be advisable, though now many smartphones do contain alarm clock option also. Carrying few extra hangers is convenient.
- Crucial accessories
Every cruise is a floating hotel, only difference being that people do not come in and go out in intervals but there may be influx of large number of people at a time. Accessories like sunscreen, swimsuits, and medications if any in use and dinner dress for the occasion. If kids are accompanying diapers and toys must be properly taken along with.
- Documents and Papers
While going out in every port one needs to carry passport, visa and the other documents necessary. Certain countries insist in prior visa for entry and they need to be procured in advance while in some visa is available on arrival. These must be kept handy to be carried while disembarking. The validity of passport should be above six months from the entry date and this should be taken care. These vital documents must be kept in secure place and always carried in person while every outing.
If you are susceptible to motion sickness, one should be carrying the adequate medicine to take care of the problem. There may be anti-nausea bracelet which can be worn during the voyage. These and other medicines may certainly be available on the ship but at a premium cost. Fresh air can fix the issue or even an attempt to fix the gaze on a point on the horizon.