But, there are some important things to remember before setting foot on deck. Here are five things to check off on your to-do list, before setting sail on the high seas.
As with any trip, protecting your cruise holiday with the correct travel insurance should be first on your agenda. The right travel insurance policy should cover medical emergencies, loss or theft of your belongings and cancellation of your cruise trip. However, not all policies cover cruises by default. When comparing options, be sure to purchase a travel insurance policy that covers cruise essentials, so that you have all the cover you need. Also, don’t forget to always read what your cruise travel insurance covers in full.
Get the Visa
One of the great things about taking a cruise is having the opportunity to visit so many different places on one trip. Before setting off, make sure you understand the visa requirements for all the countries you are visiting, or you may not be allowed to disembark. After all, experiencing a place in person definitely beats seeing it from afar on the boat. So be sure to check which visas are required for the countries you are visiting, and apply for them in good time.
Not all destinations are as safe as Australia. Many of the diseases we’ve managed to wipe out are still common in other areas around the world. Before leaving, check which vaccines are required for the countries you are visiting, and get vaccinations done prior to the trip. Be aware that some vaccinations need to be administered months in advance – so be prepared!
Get Dressed Up
Some cruises are more formal than others, so it’s wise to take note of the dress code for dinner before setting off. If you are required to dress smartly for dinner, it’s a good idea to pack a selection of suitable outfits, as shops on board can be somewhat more expensive than on dry land. You never know, if you dress impressively, you might just receive an invite to the Captain’s table!
When taking a cruise, it’s not enough for you to be well informed – you should also inform those around you of anything they may need to know. If appropriate, you should inform the cruise company of any special medical needs, in case they need to make specific arrangements. When it comes to your health, it’s definitely best to prepare well in advance.
Now, all that’s left to do is pack. Bring on that horizon!