Things You Should Know Before You Cruise

Posted August 28th, 2012

Cruising is, without a doubt, one of the best holiday experiences available. Whether you choose to embark on an overseas adventure or are looking for short cruise that’s close to home, there are few tips that every traveller should follow.

These handy hints are simple, yet provide the all-important information needed for enjoying your cruise experience. Before embarking on your next vacation, follow our simple guide for cruising success.

Inclusions & Entertainment

What is included in your cruise?

One of the best things about a cruise holiday is the inclusions. Most cruise lines include all main meals and on board entertainment in your total price, ultimately saving you hundreds of dollars. While this is a common occurrence aboard most ocean liners, don’t simply assume that all entertainment will be included. If you have your heart set on seeing a particular on board show or dining in one of the exclusive restaurants, talk to your travel agent to be sure that this is included in your overall price.

If you’re travelling with small children, also research what on board activities are available for them. Most cruise companies offer kids club services, where some are designed specifically for family travel.

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Be Prepared for Seasickness

The one downfall of a cruising holiday can be a bad bout of seasickness. After spending your hard earned money on a cruise ticket, the last thing you want is to be ill for the entire journey. Cruise liners are equipped with the latest technology for stabilising the movements of the ocean, however being prepared can often save you a trip to the on board doctor. Home remedies are a great idea, with seasickness often prevented simply by being hydrated before you board and sipping on a warm drink if you start to feel queasy.

Do you need a Visa or Passport?

If you’re only embarking on a short journey, off the coast of New Zealand for instance, it is unlikely that you will need a valid visa or passport. If you’re journeying to different countries and disembarking along the way, always check with your travel agent about legal documentation. Preparing to disembark your ship, only to be told that you aren’t allowed to enter the country, can be devastating – so always be prepared.

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Know your Ports

One of the most popular cruises from New Zealand is a tour around the South Pacific. If you’re planning an island getaway, research the ports that are included in your travels. With so many different cruising options available, you’ll soon notice that different cruises include different ports for disembarking. Knowing your ports can help you to avoid the disappointment of not reaching your dream holiday destination.

The key thing to remember when cruising is to always be prepared. Research your cruise options and find one that will make your holiday dreams come true.


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