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Cruise News: 6 Things You Need to Know Before Your First Cruise

By    |   Monday, 08 Aug 2016 11:33 AM

Cruising has become a favorite vacation option for families looking for fun, as well as couples in need of a romantic getaway. If you’re new to taking a cruise, there are some things you should know before you first set sail.

1. Pack a small day bag — Keep your essentials like any medications or important paperwork such as your passport safely with you, advises Royal Caribbean. Once you get on board, it may take some time for your checked baggage to be delivered to your cabin. The bag will come in handy for any excursions, too.

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2. Arrive at your port of departure city the night beforeAccording to the Travel Channel, too many passengers arrive on-board hurried and stressed because they are rushed. Some even miss the boat’s departure due to flight delays or unforeseen circumstances. Traveling in the night before reduces stress and ensures you’ll be on time for departure.

3. Make an emergency planAccording to The Rebel Chick, most cruise lines will allow you to get off the ship at a port of call if you need to catch an emergency flight home. Be sure to find out the policies in advance and carry your passport and photo ID with you at all times.

4. Don’t pressure yourself to do too much — Royal Caribbean says most cruise lines offer an overwhelming array of activities, classes, and destinations. A cruise is supposed to be a vacation, so try not to overschedule yourself and plan time for pure relaxation.

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5. Consider staying on the ship during some port stops — The Travel Channel says excursions on land can be crowded and are over so quickly, you don’t get much time to explore. Instead, take advantage of the ship’s amenities during stops and you’ll have them all to yourself with so many other passengers off on excursions.

6. Book the right cabin if you experience motion sickness — The Rebel Chick says that, while the best views can be had in cabins on top floors, these aren’t the best for people who get motion sick. Instead, book a cabin mid-ship on lower or middle floors.

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Cruising has become a favorite vacation option for families looking for fun, as well as couples in need of a romantic getaway. If you’re new to taking a cruise, there are some things you should know before you first set sail.
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