You've booked your cruise--now what?
Updated: Mar 3, 2020
This week's blog is pretty self-explanatory, I think :) It's no question that I love life on the seas...so much so that I admittedly, have dropped the ball in prepping newbie or return cruisers for their upcoming vacations. While I won't be able to rectify the past, I can pass down some of the things I remember to do when I book my cruises. As my client, I can also help you answer many of these items.
1. Check passport and visa requirements- Your passport needs to have at least 6 months before expiration on it in order to travel to many countries. If you are taking an international trip in 2020 and your passport expires in 2020, you need to start the renewal process on your passport asap. My renewal took the full 8 weeks to receive back, so make sure you are timely. Also, keep in mind which countries you will need a visa in, and apply to those as soon as you can.
2. Get an idea of tours and shore excursions- Special experiences do sell out fast, especially in certain destinations. If you don't have an idea of what you'd like to do upon booking, now is a good time to start doing your research. Not only in destination, but you can also see what special classes or tours they may be doing on sea days at your ship.
3. Join a group- I love the camaraderie that can come from these online groups. I have good friends from a Disney cruise almost 10 years ago that I still keep in touch with and follow online. Not only that, but they can help with the planning of some of your excursions and experiences. Some people will coordinate private excursions that you can take advantage of.
4. Investigate weather- You know me, I loved to be prepared. I investigate the weather to see what my conditions will be and if I need to buy special gear ex: raincoat. I also google what the annual temps are like during a certain month, so I can tailor my wardrobe to the location. For example, my upcoming surprise trip, I know I'll be in a colder climate. While all the cold weather clothing was going on sale at the end of last year, I started stocking up.
5. Start the countdown- I recently did this for my surprise trip. It's helping me stay on point, and be mindful of upcoming deadlines such as final payment and check in. Also on your countdown, you can set up payment dates, if you'd like to pay in smaller payments, than two big chunks.
Is there something that you do after booking a cruise, that I haven't mentioned here? Maybe it's do a big happy dance because you're off to your next adventure :) Whatever you do, or don't do, please do not hesitate to ask me questions. I love to assist where I can.