Don’t Miss the Boat!

Happy Independence Day… 2 days early! This week, I thought I’d highlight the top 10 mistakes a cruiser can make – to help you avoid them! I hope you find it informative and helpful!

Have a great 4th of July…and let me know if I can help you with any of your upcoming cruises or vacations! Keep it fun! -Sandy

Don’t miss the boat!

Top 10 Mistakes Cruisers Can Make & How to Avoid them!

You would be AMAZED at how many people do these things. Some of them are more important than others, but in the end, I hope these tips will help YOU avoid having cruise mistakes!

#1 Not arriving at your departure port the day BEFORE your cruise

So much can go wrong with airport delays, interstate traffic, canceled flights, etc. Isn’t it worth the cost of a hotel room to know for sure that you will be boarding that ship before the crowds?

#2 A little too much Drinky-Drinky onboard

No one enjoys having an obnoxious drunk by them on the lido deck or at their dinner table. Just because you CAN drink a bucket of beer before lunch doesn’t mean you SHOULD. New beverage packages make it even more tempting to over-drink. Pace yourself! Your body will thank you later!

#3 Cruising without Travel Insurance

Cruising without travel insurance is like playing with fire. These incredibly valuable policies include coverage for medical (your medical insurance most likely won’t cover you out of the country), travel delays and interruptions, and cancellations.

#4 Cruising without a Passport can be a Disaster

If you have to fly home from any of your ports-of-call because of a family emergency or an illness or injury, you could be totally out of luck! A Passport is a small investment to ensure that you can return home hassle-free.

#4 Forgetting to turn Data Roaming Off on Your Cell

Before stepping foot on the ship, you should go to the settings on your phone and make sure that data roaming is turned off. (Well, technically, you’ll most likely be ok until the ship pulls away from the mainland USA… but if you tend to forget things like this… do it then!) . This will keep your cell phone from racking up huge charges and using data even when it is in your pocket. Putting your phone in airplane mode will also keep you from racking up additional charges. Talk to your provider before departure.

#5 Getting Left Behind in Port

When the captain says that the ship is leaving port at 5:00, he means it. He isn’t going to wait around for those who lost track of time. If you get left behind in port, you are responsible for your own transportation to the next port or back home. The costs can be several thousand dollars each and will be even more complicated if you are traveling without a passport. Our advice? Plan on arriving back near the ship 1 to 1 1/2 hours before you are scheduled to leave. This not only gives you some time to shop in the port area, but also gives you plenty of leeway if you run into traffic or your taxi or bus has a breakdown on the way back.

#6 Eating Exclusively at the Buffet

While newer ships have great buffets, the best food on a cruise is almost always in the main dining room or specialty restaurants. By eating only at the buffet, you miss out on the great food and service that you can experience if you slow down and enjoy it.

#7 Stiffing the Crew

While most cruise lines automatically charge a daily gratuity or service surcharge to your stateroom, you can have the charges removed by going to guest services. However, just because you are allowed to have them taken off doesn’t mean that you should. You wouldn’t go to a restaurant without tipping and you shouldn’t go on a cruise without tipping the staff that works so hard to make your trip a pleasant one.

#8 Treating the Crew Like 2nd Class Citizens

We all have bad days, but how many would you have if you worked 7 days a week and were away from your family for 6-9 months at a time? Kind words to the crew will go a long way. Treat them with the same respect that you give to your spouse or partner. (or maybe even a little bit MORE)

#9 Booking Early Flights on Disembarkation Day

Cruise lines recommend not booking flights before noon on disembarkation day. Just because your arrival time says 7:00 a.m., there is almost no chance of catching an 8:30 flight. There have been times I’ve walked right through security, and other times it took over an hour to get through the line. Why end your vacation with a stressful travel day?

#10 Not Booking with Your Travel Professional

Just kidding, but not really! You never know when a familiar, friendly contact will be good to have in your back pocket.

As you can see, there are a lot of things to be aware of, and there are definitely some others. When you work with me on your cruise, I’ll send you tips and reminders, & even some last minute ideas with your travel packet before you go to make sure you have as smooth of a sailing as possible!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *