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20 Cruise Travel Tips You Probably Didn’t Think Of

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20 Cruise Travel Tips You Probably Didn't Think Of
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20 Cruise Travel Tips You Probably Didn't Think Of

Well good day to you my favorite travelers! Are you full of excitement as you are planning your next trip? I know the feeling! It’s so exciting, thinking of all the fun that is about to be had! Thinking about all the new things to see and do and all the special memories that you will bring home with you. Let me help your travel experience by sharing some of my favorite cruise travel tips you probably didn’t think of! Here are 20 cruise travel tips to help your next vacation go as seamlessly as possible!

1. Arrive At Least One Day Early

When cruising, arrive in your departure port city at least one day early. Airline delays and flight cancellations are more common that we would like. Don’t miss your cruise because your flight came in late. This will also give you time to explore your departure port city (can we say bonus minivacation time?!). Rest, relax and plan out any last minute details of your cruise, double checking you have your dinner reservations and shore excursions booked.

2. Luggage Tags

Luggage Tags, use them. This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many people don’t put luggage tags on their luggage. Use fun luggage tags that stand out from the crowd to easily spot your bag. Some key info to include on your luggage tags are your name, email, and phone number. Do not put your home address on your luggage tag. To read more about what to include or what not to include and for some cute and fun luggage tags, click here.

3. Inform Your Credit Card Company

Before you leave, let your credit company and bank know where you will be traveling to so they don’t deny charges or freeze accounts due to suspicious activities, especially when traveling long distances from home.

4. Contact The USPS

Contact the USPS and schedule a mail hold. Mail won’t accumulate in your mailbox, avoiding theft and people won’t know you are away from home.

5. Place Contact Info Inside Checked Luggage

If the tags on the outside come off, it’s an easy way for an airline/hotel/cruise line, etc employee to contact you in the case of lost luggage.

6. Keep A Portable Charger With You

Purchase a good portable charger to take with you. You can keep your phone charged on an airplane, while walking around a cruise ship, at a destination port, exploring a different country, or while relaxing on the beach.

It’s important to have a way to communicate with others while traveling It’s also pretty darn awesome to be able to have a charged device with you that you can capture all those memories with via photos or videos!

Don’t get stuck somewhere with a cellphone that you can’t even use. I like this one because it’s slim, has a long battery life and several input/output cords.

7. Travel Insurance

Purchase it. Just do it.

Accidents happen.
People get sick.
Flights get delayed.
Family emergencies come up.

With travel insurance you can be reimbursed for medical expenses, have your vacation refunded due to illness, cover the cost of replacement of lost or delayed luggage, coverage of emergency evacuation, reimburse your trip due to the loss of a loved one, trip interruption protection, and even trip cancellation for a variety of reasons.

Usually the amount of travel insurance is relatively low in comparison to the amount you paid for your trip. It’s better to pay a couple hundred extra bucks than to pay thousands in medical expenses or be out the entire cost of your trip if something does happen.

8. When Flying To Your Cruise Port Allow 1.5 Hours Between Connecting Flights

When possible, schedule 1.5 hours between connecting flights. Take this from a former airline employee who worked the gate and had to rebook people often for missing connecting flights. Delays happen. This way you have a nice buffer, in case your first flight is delayed. It also allows you the opportunity to get from one gate to the next without looking like you are running an airport marathon.

When all goes smoothly, I like to get off the airplane, pay a visit to the restroom, go find some food, and head to my connecting gate without rushing. This is the perfect amount of time for that.

Obviously, this won’t prevent all missed connections, but it at least gives you a buffer for small delays.

9. Make Copies

Make copies of your passport and all travel documents.
You might need to have proof of documentation, if you lose your documents or they are stolen. It’s a good idea to email a copy to yourself as well. This comes in handy if you need to file a police report or just need a copy and don’t want to risk taking your original around with you.

10. Wake Up Early

Wake up early to beat the crowds. There are fewer people and having fewer people allows you to have more opportunities for excursions or other activities before they get booked up. Also, the sunrises in different destinations can be stunning. Don’t miss the opportunity to grab that sunrise shot in a different country or longitude.

11. Photos and More Photos

Photos can be the best souvenirs. They are free to take and don’t take up any space in your luggage.

Share the stories of your travels with your friends and family near and far when you post your pictures on social media (tag me! I love to see your travels! And I may just share some of your photos too!).

When you get back home, print some out or make a photobook! Be sure to take pics of not just landmarks, but of you and your family at those destinations as well.

These photos will speak about your memories for generations to come!

12. Passport Expiration Dates

Check the expiration date of your passport as soon as you start planning a trip. Many countries require your passport to be valid 3 or even 6 months after the date of travel! If your passport will be expiring before that date, you will want to get it renewed. Processing times vary so it’s better to renew it sooner verses later.

13. Money Exchange

Cruising internationally?

Here are three tips on saving money during currency exchange.

1. The best/cheapest way to exchange currency is at your local bank or credit union before your trip.

2. Avoid currency exchange kiosks at the airport, they often don’t have the best exchange rates.

3. Some places allow you to pay in USD instead of local currency. However, when this happens they usually charge a higher exchange rate. It’s best to pay in local currency when possible. Also, if you are at a port city and using local services, sometimes the locals won’t be honest with the exchange rates and will overcharge, just because they can.

14. Reusable Water Bottles

Pack an empty reusable water bottle and fill it up once you get through security or on the plane. This will save you money on water and is better for the environment. You can refill it at locations throughout the cruise ship.

15. Bring Your Own Drinks On Board

Many cruise lines allow you to bring a limited amount of beverages (including alcohol) on board. As of the date of this article here is what is allowed on each cruise line. Please confirm accuracy with each cruise line before your individual sailing. If you don’t plan on purchasing one of the beverage packages, I suggest you familiarize yourself with each cruise lines policy on what you can bring on board so that you can bring, at least a limited amount, of your own tasty beverages. Click the link for each cruise line, it should take you directly to their individual policies on what is allowed. Royal Caribbean Carnival Disney Holland Norwegian Princess MSC Virgin Voyages

16. Preplan Transportation To and From Cruise Port

Plan your transportation to and from the cruise port in advance. When you book in advance you ensure availability and aren’t wasting time trying to find a ride. Can you imagine how much less stressful it would be to have a ride waiting for you versus finding a ride last minute? Many cruise lines offer shuttle service from the local airport to the cruise port. You can pre-book an Uber or a shuttle to a hotel among other options. Also, oftentimes, if you book in advance with Uber or Lyft, it’s cheaper than booking right when you need it.

17. Take Magnetic Wall Hooks

Cruise ship walls are actually magnetic. Take magnetic wall hooks and stick one or more to your cruise ship wall to hang things. Cruise cabins are typically on the smaller side, so this space saving hack can keep you organized and keep your state room tidy. This pack of 6 is great.

18. Know About Prohibited Items

Know what items are prohibited before you travel.

Some things to consider are: Prohibited items on airplanes, cruise ships, and in foreign countries

The easiest way is to ask your travel agent about any restricted or prohibited items. If you aren’t using a travel agent, a Google search could suffice. For flights, check the TSA website, along with your specific airline’s website. Cruising? Check with your cruise line. For foreign countries, visit their tourism site or do a Google search.

If you do try to travel with a prohibited item, the item could be confiscated or worse, you could face criminal charges.

19. Don’t Forget The Sunscreen

Pack that sunscreen and wear it. The sun is intense in the middle of the ocean and at many cruise destinations. Even if it’s cloudy out, protect your skin, so the rest of your trip isn’t ruined from a miserable sunburn.

20 Cruise Travel Tips You Probably Didn't Think Of

20. Cruise

Yep, it’s as simple as that. Take the cruise. You won’t regret it. One of the biggest cruise tips I can give you is to tell you to actually take the cruise.

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