Cruising Tips – Bob Brightside

First thing to note down is the identification that you need when boarding as different companies have different requirements.

You may have special dietary requirements, some agents will ask this when booking but if they do not then be sure to ring up and inform them straight away. Some will ask for 60 days notice for such requirements so double check that you tell them in time.  It is a good idea to leave a copy of your passport, tickets and any credit cards or travellers cheques you are taking with you so if anything happened you have copies as a back-up.

If you are travelling far then you may need injections and immunisations to travel. Consult your booking agent for advice on this and get your appointments booked as soon as possible. With the uncertainty that can surround holidays it is always a good idea to phone up 24 hours before to make sure that everything is running on time as you do not want to have to wait around for hours and hours.

When you receive your cruise documents take time to go through them and check all the details. One of the most common mistakes made is misspelling a surname that could end up costing you a lot of money.

Leave the ships information and contact details with friends or family in case of emergency and you need to be contacted. This information will normally come with the tickets but if not they will be on the companies website. One thing people worry about is if you book and air/sea package and you miss the ship because of a delayed or cancelled flight, if this happens don’t worry as the cruise line will get you to the next port.

Make sure you get to the embarkation point at least 2 hours before you are due to set sail. There will be security methods to go through so give yourself plenty of time.  If you can complete embarkation procedures online then do so as this will save you a lot of time.  Wherever you are travelling to enjoy your cruise and take care onboard and enjoy all the activities that go on there.

Source by Bob Brightside

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