Your may have booked your cruise months ago or only recently taken the plunge, what’s next? Cruising for the first time can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Contact your local personal travel manager for information on cruises and let them put your mind at ease.
The first thing to be mindful of is the length of your trip. As you’re cruising and not carrying your luggage great distances, you can afford to over pack (provided you’re able to lug your luggage around). Even if you don’t wear that big jumper, it’s better to be prepared than forced to improvise.
Research the boat you’ll be travelling on and the activities available to you. The majorities of liners have swimming pools and gyms; so pack swimwear and runners. Cruise ships often host themed parties and having a costume ready will save you having to find one, or make one, at the last minute.
Ensure you’ve stocked up on medication, including seasickness tablets, as drugs may be expensive at sea. Cruise ships have infirmaries, but self-medicating is quicker and keeps the clinics free for emergencies.
The safe in your room is perfect for keeping small amounts of money, but passports and credit cards should be kept in the ship’s main safe. When considering what to leave unsecured, decide what you can afford to lose.
Most cruises are all inclusive, which takes the pressure off having to source your own meals. Unfortunately the combination of delicious food in unlimited quantities has made cruising synonymous with weight gain. Beat the bulge by exercising in the pool or by walking off extra calories with circuits of the deck or at ports of call.
Be aware of your limits when drinking alcohol and don’t let your judgment be compromised. It might seem a good idea to recreate the famous scene from Titanic, but leaning over the railing is dangerous, furthermore, having to be rescued by the ship’s crew is embarrassing.
The secret to getting the most out of your holiday is to remain positive. As with most things in life, the more you put in the more you get out. Take part in as many activities as possible and make a conscious effort to mingle with fellow travellers.
Find out more from your local, personal travel manager. Visit http://www.travelmanagers.com.au/ptm-search/