If you have finally given in to the kids and your partner, and are planning to take your very first cruise, this article was written with you in mind. There’s much to organise once the booking is confirmed, and with that in mind, here’s a checklist to ensure you don’t overlook anything important.
- Online Research – Once the booking for your first time cruise is made, you will know exactly where the ship is stopping, and armed with that information, you can begin to plan how you will spend your time at each port of call. This will ensure that you and your family get the most out of the cruise, and with so many exciting and interesting places to see and explore, you will be tired when you finally get back on board, and can relax for a few days until the next port is reached.
- Pack Sensibly – The cruise organiser can help with this and there would be a lot of information on the website regarding what to pack. If you are carrying any essential medication, it is best to divide this into two packages, and keep them in separate bags. Remember that you will essentially have two sets of luggage, the main luggage, which is kept in your cabin, and carry around bags, for when you are out and about. A thin, but warm jacket is advised, as it can get blustery on deck, but to be honest, you will be spending most of your time exploring the floating city which is taking you.
- Spending Money – Although most things are included in the price of the cruise, you will need spending money, so try to calculate a daily amount – per person – and then add a little, just to be on the safe side.
- Personal Possessions – As this is your very first cruise, you might want to include several MP3 playlists and whether you read paperbacks or in digital form, take enough reading to keep you amused. Spending time alone can be very therapeutic and a cruise can offer you this solitude, if you want it. Of course, there are a million things to do on the ship, so you have a choice.
- Domestic Preparations – You and the family are going to be away for a while, so make sure pets are catered for and leave a set of keys with a trusted neighbour, just in case. Tell the milkman and paperboy to suspend their service until you return, and ensure that everything is switched off and appliances are unplugged. If you have home security, make sure it is armed as you leave, and then you can forget about the home for a while and enjoy the unique experience of a cruise.
The cruise operator would furnish you with all the information you need, and with some research into the ports of call, you and your family will get the most out of the experience. If you haven’t yet booked for the coming year, now is the time, before the prices hit their peak.