Packing for your cruise

What you need to take on a cruise

Imagine the feeling of getting all settled on board you cruise ship, but having that nagging feeling that you have forgotten something or left something behind. This is a not a nice feeling to have, as we all know, so this post is a quick guide to some of the thing you should try and do before leaving on your cruise to make sure this doesn’t happen to you

A really good idea is to make a checklist of all the thing that’s you think that you might need, make sure you start this early on in the planning cycle, try and keep the list handy at all times, that way if something pops into your head that you really must take with you, you can write it down straight away. A quick tip is to keep the least neat, that way you won’t get confused, also make sure you have a nice neat column where you can tick things off as you start to pack your cases and hand luggage.

Another really good idea is to have a check list for every person going on the European cruise, each person may have something that are different which might make a single list you are putting together overly complicated and that might mean you will leave something out that’s very important.

To get you started, here a few essentials that you should immediately right down at the top of the list. Passport, cruise tickets, and medical documents that might be relevant. Make sure you have some other personal id and also your home telephone numbers and contact numbers. It’s a good idea to leave the contact numbers of the local doctor’s surgery that you use, that way if anything bad happens then the local doctors can easily get access to your medical records which could be vital. Also make sure you leave contact numbers for the cruise lines operator with someone back home in case they need to contact you.

If you have medications or special dietary requirements that are essential make sure you pack enough of these to last the entire cruise time, with regards to medical supplies like tablets or inhalers take extra or a spare ( especially with inhalers for asthma ) since it would be hard to get replacements.

When it comes to clothing, you should identify what kind of weather you will be expecting. Packing for a Northern European Cruise is entirely different from a Southern Mediterranean cruise, so choose wisely. Bear in mind also how long you are travelling for, 1 or 2 weeks and pack accordingly. Work out which outfits you require and try and figure out in advance what you want to wear with what, if you choose carefully you can reduce the total amount of clothes you will pack. There are limits to what you can take; you should check your itinerary paper from the tour operator to see what the limits are.

So in general pack early and pack carefully this way you will have a European cruise to remember without any worries, which is always nice.

Getting to your Cruise Ship

Having a stress free cruise departure

Once the cruise is chosen and all the bookings are in place, you are now left with the anticipation of joining your ship and having a fantastic European cruise.

By now you will know the itinerary of your cruise, but don’t forget some of the important planning that you need to do before you get to your ship to save you any anxiety.

Departing on time
A crucial part of enjoying your cruise is to make sure you actually get to the ship on time; ideally you will be there in plenty of time but if you live a fair distance from the departure ports then you will need to do some planning.

Can you Travel down in one day?
If the cruise ship is located quite close that you can travel by car, taxi or public transport then this is a good choice, just make sure that you arrive by the time specified on your boarding documents provided by the travel operator or cruise line.

Leaving the day before
You might like to leave the day before your European cruise departs and book some accommodation for an overnight stay in a hotel, this will mean that you can join your ship with plenty of time to spare and not be late or in a rush. It may seem like a bit of an extra hassle but there is no point rushing and it also allows for any unforeseen occurrences to be taken into consideration. On the day of the cruise you can book a taxi on the day from the hotel; however it would be recommended that you pre-book in advance so as to make sure you are not late for the cruise and reduce the possibility of any stressful moments.

The location is some ways away
In this scenario you may need to take an air flight, this will most likely not be included in the cruise package and you will need to organise this yourself. You will probably need overnight accommodation in this arrangement too so make sure you do your bookings well in advance, this is probably not one of the instances you want to book a late flight to get a cheaper deal in case you can’t get a flight at all!

Time zones
This may seem unimportant but make sure you know which time zone your ship is leaving from especially if you are travelling across State or perhaps from Canada for your European cruise.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you enjoy a pleasant a stress less Cruise – all down to some easy planning tactics.

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