Any vacation should be meant to relax you and let you let your hair down for a bit. Going on a cruise is just like any other vacation; a ton of fun, but also a lot of work to prepare for. The rest of this article is a few tips that you can use to have more fun and worry less while you are traveling and while you are getting ready for it.
If you aren't lucky enough to live in, or very near a port city, then you will have to fly or drive a long distance to get to your departure point. Arrive at this location a day ahead of time and stay in a local hotel or motel. This will give you ample time to get to the port, check in and board the ship. If you leave it till the last minute, there is a chance that something unexpected could cause you to miss your departure, and thus your vacation.
If you will be taking valuables on board the ship with you, consider using some ordinary container to put them in. Using something that looks common place and uninteresting such as a tackle box, could deter thieves who will quickly rummage through your belongings looking for valuables.
If you will be departing the ship during a visit to a port of call, take a lunch with you from the 24 hour room service that is offered on the ship. Since you have already paid for this food as part of your trip cost, you will be able to save yourself the extra money of buying food on shore. Unless you are wanting a local eating experience.
If you are going to be boarding the ship early, pack a swimsuit into your carry on bag. Your luggage will be taken from you at check in and delivered to your room by the staff. This process can take time, and sometimes you will be without your luggage for hours. Pack any necessities you may want in this time period, such as a swimsuit so that you can enjoy the pool before others!