Embarking upon a cruise is not like embarking upon an airplane or a ferry. While the experience as a whole is generally intensely rewarding and enjoyable, the initial stages combine the complexities of getting onto an overseas transport and checking into a hotel. As such, there’s often a lot of waiting involved. If you want to be able to deal with the initial stages of boarding a cruise as efficiently as possible, here is a short guide which may help:
Planning early can save a lot of frustration and waiting. For a start, make sure that you have all of the relevant travel documents easily to hand, to save time when asked to present them. Secondly, it is a good idea to pack essentials like a change of clothes, toiletries, and a book or something to keep you entertained in a ‘hand luggage’ container which you can carry immediately to your cabin when boarding – as it sometimes takes a while for cruise crews to sort out and send up individual trunks. Be sure to inform your cruise line of any special disability needs you may have, in order to prevent a frustrating rush around at the last minute. Finally, when heading to your cruise ship, the experts recommend that you cut down on queuing times by arriving either very early or very late. This may seem like a risky strategy, but as the longest lines tend to occur in the middle of boarding, it can really pay off.
Wait It Out
However early or late you arrive, it’s inevitable that some waiting will be involved before you get to start on your cruise. It’s probably a good idea to bring along some easily accessible money so that you can partake of the entertainments, refreshments, and services available at your port. Plenty of ports are equipped with a decent bar, so you can feel as though you’re starting your vacation while still on dry land – but be warned that those who are too drunk may be refused boarding! Alternatively, bring along some snacks and entertainments which you can enjoy yourself while waiting to board. Most importantly of all, don’t get too frustrated. All of the checks and so on are done for the benefit and safety of the passengers. Consider this a part of the vacation, and learn to enjoy it as such!
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