Cruise Ship Travel Advice
A cruise holiday is a great way to travel, explore, have fun and unwind, however it is extremely different to other types of holidays. Here are our top tips for avoiding a holiday disaster whilst cruising…
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- Always book your cruise and any shore excursions through a reputable company.
- Always purchase specialist cruise travel insurance, and bring an EHIC if travelling within Europe.
- If you are travelling to multiple destinations, be aware that you may need multiple visas, make sure you have these sorted and in place otherwise you may be denied entry.
- Check our ‘know before you go link’ to make sure there are no travel warnings in place for you chosen destination or destinations.
- Also research local laws and customs, to avoid offending anyone on shore. For example in some conservative countries, a woman’s body is supposed to remain covered up at all times.
- Photocopy all important travel documents before you travel, and keep the copies in a separate location to the originals.
- If you use prescribed medication, make sure you have a big enough supply for the duration of your trip.
- You should always visit your doctor for a quick check up and to see if you need any vaccinations for your chosen location, before any long haul trip.
- You still need to be careful of your personal security, even out at sea. Do not open your cabin door to strangers, keep your valuable possessions locked in a safe and keep your handbag with you at all times.
- During shore excursions, make sure you wear a bag which zips up or locks, with a strap which goes across your body. This should prevent your bag being stolen or pickpocketed.
- Be very wary of using valuables such as smart phones and cameras near the edge of the boat, every year hundreds of people lose their valuable gadgets over the side.
- Remember that sea sickness is normal, but there are things you can do. Invest in natural remedies and try to avoid the bumpiest parts of the ship.
- Always wear sun protection, even if it is cold, the sun rays will still affect your skin if you are on deck.
- Before going ashore always check the ship’s departure time, and make sure you are back in time. Write down important or emergency phone numbers, just in case.
- Remember that your mobile phone may not work out at sea, warn your relatives so that they don’t worry.