7 Important Things to Know Before Going on a Cruise
Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a first-timer, there are a few important things to know before going on a cruise.
Read on for our top tips!
1. What to Wear and Pack
This is the most common question related to cruise prep. And besides the obvious pool attire, there are a few other clothes you’ll need to be prepared for your cruise.
Check your cruise itinerary for the number of formal dinners. There’s usually at least one. Anything from Sunday best to prom is acceptable at these dinners, but anything less and you may be turned away from the dining room.
On regular nights the dress code for dinner is business casual. And pretty much anything will be allowed except for sandals, tank tops, and shorts.
You’ll want to plan on bringing clothes besides your swimsuit and dinner attire for your land excursions. A good pair of walking shoes or water shoes are highly recommended.
Don’t forget your favorite swimsuits, coverups, and slides for those relaxing afternoons on the pool deck!
2. Things to Know Before Going on a Cruise; Will I Have Motion Sickness?
Some people know from past experience what to expect when it comes to motion sickness. If you’re not one of them, it’s best to be prepared.
Non-Drowsy Dramamine is the most popular option of motion sickness medication. You don’t need a prescription to buy it.
If you prefer not to take a pill, you can use Sea Bands. They’re a wristband that applies pressure to a spot on your arm that combats motion sickness.
3. Can I Take Kids on a Cruise?
The answer to this question is “absolutely!” However, there are cruises that are better suited for children than others.
Most cruise ships will offer babysitting services for smaller children and toddlers as well as a supervised kid camp for the older children. You’ll want to verify the specific details of your cruise before booking.
There are also many activities that are fun for the whole family. Many of the shows, concerts, and pool areas are suited for all ages.
4. Plan Your Shore Excursions
Shore excursions are one of the best parts of a cruise. From ziplining to wine tasting, boat tours to bike tours, there’s something for everyone.
The shore excursions are what really give you a chance to experience the region that you’re traveling through. Don’t miss these chances to see what your port city has to offer.
It’s usually less expensive to book your excursions before the cruise. That also gives you an opportunity to pack appropriate clothing.
5. What’s Included in the Price? What’s Extra?
This may vary depending on your cruise line. Most booking fees include the price of the room, regular dining options, shows, club entry, and pool access.
You may pay extra for unlimited drinks, upgraded dining options, spa services, and of course shore excursions.
6. What Is Not Allowed on Board?
Some cruise lines allow you to bring a pack of water, and a limited amount of soda or alcohol. You should check your cruise regulations to avoid confiscation upon boarding.
Your baggage will most likely be scanned as it is brought on board and weapons (or other items considered dangerous) will be confiscated.
Electric appliances like hot plates, coffee makers, and electric blankets are often confiscated.
Homemade food, pool floats, and drones are also usually prohibited.
Again, it’s always wise to check your specific cruise line regulations before setting sail.
7. In Case of Emergency
Cruise ships are equipped with evacuation equipment for all on board. But if you experience a family emergency or need to leave the cruise for another emergent reason, most will let you leave the cruise (with notice given to guest services) at any of the ports.
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to leave while at sea.
Always take your passport and photo ID so that you don’t have any trouble flying home from whichever port you’re in.
This is Your Captain Speaking!
There are a lot of important things to know before going on a cruise, but now that we’ve got that covered, it’s time to book your vacation and enjoy the ride!
Where will your next cruise take you?