Exotic destinations. Entertainment and activities. Great food and drink. Cruises are ideal vacations for these and many other reasons. To help you make the most of your upcoming cruise, below are 4 tips from experienced cruisers.
TIP #1: Lanyards
When checking in at your cruise line’s terminal, each person gets a multi-purpose card. Disney Cruise Line calls theirs the Key to the World; Royal Caribbean’s is the SeaPass. Carnival’s is the Sail & Sign Card. It’s safe to say DCL wins the card-naming game.
Either way, these cards open your stateroom door, serve as your ID to get on and off the ship, and are charge purchases to your onboard account. They’re also easy to lose, especially for kids.
We’ve learned that keeping up with them is easier using lanyards with plastic pockets. Your card is always around your neck so you don’t need to shuffle through pockets, purses, or fanny packs! Although some cruise terminals sell lanyards, save time and money by buying them beforehand.
TIP #2: Packing for Kids
Helping your kids pack for a cruise involves swimsuits, coverups, sun shirts, flip-flops, and sunglasses. However, even cruising kids need some real clothes! Depending on the season, you might wear shorts, tank tops, and T-shirts the entire cruise. Or you might wear pants and long sleeves or maybe a light jacket.
At the same time, be sure to pack outfits a little nicer than beachwear for evening meals. Our girls packed summer dresses and nice sandals. Also, since the restaurants can be chilly, pack light sweaters or jackets for cold-natured kids. These outer layers are also handy for cool, windy evenings on deck.
TIP #3: Sea-Bands
On cruises, motion sickness is part of the trip. At some point, most people get a little seasick (or even a lot). Although oral medications and medicated patches are an option, we prefer Sea-Bands (or a generic equivalent) for preventing seasickness.
For the uninitiated, these wristbands have a small bead on the inside which works on a pressure point. Our family prefers them because they don’t have side effects and are safe for the entire family. Before you leave home, buy a pair for each person at a local pharmacy or online.
TIP #4: Arrive the Night Before
We typically advise clients to arrive the day before their sailing, especially in winter. This is mainly for those who are flying to their cruise port - you never know when a flight might get delayed or canceled. Unless you're only a couple of hours drive from the port, arriving the night before is wise. Even if you have travel insurance, it would be a huge bummer to miss your cruise!
Make The Most of Your Cruise
Whether you take a weekend jaunt or choose a longer sailing, cruises are ideal vacations in many ways. You and your family can relax without worrying too much about where to eat and what to do. And by following these 4 tips, you can hopefully make the most of your cruise.
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Jamie is a travel planner who loves going new places and doing new things. And he loves roller coasters!
Jo is a travel planner who loves all things Disney! She also has food sensitivities and lots of experience with special diets while traveling.
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