Important Cruise Advice First-Time Cruisers Want To Know

First-Time Cruisers will want to know these Tips prior to booking a Cruise

So, you are considering taking a cruise. Where do you start with planning for and booking a cruise? You have numerous options, a wide variety of cruise lines, and many locations to choose. The business of cruises has expanded tremendously throughout the previous two decades. Going on a cruise has developed into an extremely popular event since it offers a cost-effective and safe way to spend a pleasurable week or two. Obviously, the chief reason why such voyages are so favored among vacationers is that it is an enjoyable, relaxing experience! Consequently, prior to you rushing out and placing a deposit on that excellent online deal for a seven-night cruise, you might want to consider the following six tips prior to booking your trip.

Tip # 1: Consider Booking Cruises via

This bit of advice assists vacationers with evading common trip-planning errors.

• Using travel agents is free
• Travel agents earn commissions via cruise lines
• If you believe that booking a trip directly through cruise lines helps you save some money, assuming that is because the company does not need to pay travel agencies commissions; however, this belief is false
• Commissions such companies save will reduce to their bottom line, not the consumers
• Travel agents have immediate information and knowledge of the diverse cruise lines, traveling locations and ships obtainable
• The agents can assist you with choosing the precise trip to suit your traveling wants, needs and anticipations and to suit your way of living
• Travel agents additionally know about special offers and reduced prices that are frequently obtainable to consumers

Tip # 2: Obtain a Passport

• The majority of cruises will go to ports outside of the United States. You will need to have a legit passport and show it prior to being permitted onto the ship
• Do not be surprised when cruise lines ask you to release your passport to the company, which they keep throughout the entire trip
• This is a typical occurrence
• Ships frequently reach the port during the early morning hours, prior to vacationers waking up
• After the ship is cleared via “Customs”, travelers are allowed to leave the ship and go to shore
• Your passport is generally given back to you at the end of the cruise

Tip # 3: It is Wise to Have an Extra Copy of your Passport

• Because cruise lines are keeping your original passport, it might be wise to make a photocopy of your passport
• In the event of an emergency, which seldom happens, having a copy of your passport will be helpful if you need to prove who you are and that you are legal to be outside the US – the United State Embassy in other countries usually checks such documents
• Additionally, it is wise to scan and e-mail copies of your passport prior to leaving on a cruise

VITAL: You should have an extremely strong password for your e-mail account prior to storing such vital information in your e-mail folders.

Tip # 4: Pack Luggage Lightly

• The majority of vacationers pack an overabundance of clothing when they travel. Keep in mind that cruise ship cabins are comparatively little and there is not sufficient room to store a lot of clothing
• Additionally, there is a limited amount of space, generally beneath the bed, where you usually place your empty suitcase, is the only extra space you will find in a ship’s cabin
• The majority of cruise ships have laundry rooms on them, and vacationers generally have two options – they can pay for each wash and dry cycle or they can pay the cruise line’s laundry employees to do their laundry

Tip # 5: Consider Purchasing Traveler’s Insurance

• Most people never leave for a vacation nowadays without some sort of vacation insurance policy
• Travel Guard is a popular insurance agency to obtain cruise coverage
• There are a number of good companies you can select from
• It is important to continuously be aware that if you need medical care while you are onboard a cruise ship, you might endure very high expenses for the health care, as ship’s physicians are very costly
• Medical care is not included with your cruise cost
• Additionally, the majority of medical insurance policies will not provide protection while you are vacationing outside of the United States
• It is a good idea to check that out and talk to your insurance provider prior to booking your cruise
• In any event, the price for health care evacuation while in another country can be offensively costly
• There have been instances where vacationers were one cruises and the passengers need to be taken by helicopter for medical care and the cost was more than twenty thousand dollars just for that
• Just to see a ship’s physician could cost you around $750 or more; therefore, if you spend a couple hundred on your insurance before leaving on a cruise, you definitely saved money and heartache
• If possible, try to evade cruise line insurance policies – frequently, they only safeguard you if your trip is canceled. The policy might not take care of health care costs or medical urgencies, lost or stolen luggage, medical evacuation, missed airline correlations and so forth

Jeremy Haze is a blogger and a travel enthusiast, as well as marketing consultant for CruiseAbout. For more information on on the benefits this company has to offer please visit http://www.cruiseabout.com.au/

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  1. Great list of tips here!
    Also to add…if cruisers are looking to do a Shore Excursion while in various ports, review websites (e.g. Tripadvisor.com) are invaluable for sourcing *current* information. Many of the operators listed on such sites can be contacted directly, and you will then be able to get a “feel” from the operator through your correspondences. Cruise boat ‘savvy’ tour operators [should] have adequate information on their website, present you with their return-time policy/guarantee, explain any extra costs (e.g. is lunch included?), [and if food IS included, what is their hygiene standard like!?], there may also be discounts for group bookings or even cash payment.
    Look at how many *unique experiences* you will get from your tour, rather than the price of your excursion, as prices of Shore Excursions DO vary…

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