I am quite new to cruising.
I’ve been on a few repositioning cruises with friends and have gone on one Caribbean cruise with my family. Cruising was a great adventure for our family! It allowed us to check out places we have never visited before. It was stress-free and fun.
I was surprised at all the things I had to prepare for our cruise. Here are few things you can do before your next cruise.
What to do before leaving on a cruise:
- 1 > Check your e-docs: The cruise line will have your e-docs ready to view online or may email them to you. Once you have access to your e-docs complete your online registration.
- 2 > Research ports and book excursions. Don’t wait until you are on the ship to figure out what to do while in port. Do your research (travel forums are the way to go!) to find out what’s available to do in ports and if a paid excursion are the way to go or can be avoided.
- 3 > Start researching restaurants and menus before boarding the ship. This is a very important step. You’re going on a cruise so you want to eat the best of the best. Some restaurant menus are available online, others you have to search for on travel forums (such as Cruise Critic).
- 4 > Make specialty restaurant reservations. Some cruise lines allow you to make specialty restaurant reservations before boarding. If you know you want to eat at specific restaurants why not book your table in advance?
- 5 > Make your show reservations. I was shocked that shows onboard our last cruise got fully booked. If you are looking forward to catching a great show on board your cruise ship make sure you go online and reserve your seats.
- 6 > Print out documents for kid’s club. Many cruise lines have incredible kids clubs. It’s smart to look up what’s required to register your child in kid’s club in advance. Some cruise lines recommend printing out all documents needed for kid’s clubs and having them ready for the first day of your cruise.
- 7 > Print tags for your bags with your name and room number. Having a clear label on your bag with your name and room number makes it really easy for the porters to get your bags to your room quickly. Luggage tags are usually available in your e-docs.
- 8 > Alert the cruise line if you have special dietary requests. Most cruise lines can accommodate these requests if notified 8 weeks before your cruise.
- 9 > Check with the cruise line about what you can and can’t bring on board. Unfortunately, items like your fun new drone will most likely be banned. Water, pop, and alcohol are also usually prohibited or subject to a corkage fee.
- 10 > Check the height and weight restrictions for some onboard activities. Many cruise ships have incredible water slides, ropes courses, race tracks and more. Check with your cruise line in advance if your child will be permitted on these special attractions to avoid disappointment.
In a few weeks, I’ll be boarding the Norwegian Bliss for their inaugural cruise from Seattle. I cannot wait to experience this new ship, test out the largest racetrack at sea and eat some delicious food onboard.
Taking a cruise is a great way to experience new places. I highly recommend taking a cruise with your partner or family.
Read more about our cruising vacations here:
- An afternoon on the Norwegian Jewel
- What kids love about the Norwegian Escape
- What’s not to miss on the Norwegian Escape