to Cruise Time
Are you ready to go cruising? You probably think you are! However, take
a break from the fantasy cruise running through your mind. Itís time
to think of a few sensible matters to ensure you have smooth sailing
from the get go.
A few months before you go on your cruise, you might want to touch base
with your travel agent to see what type of identification you need for
your cruise and ports of call. If you did not book through a travel
agent, call the cruise line itself to confirm your identification needs.
Sometimes, you just need your United States Driverís license. However,
often times you will require a passport.
Get all your identification together that will be needed for travel.
You should make sure you have a valid passport. If it is to expire soon,
get it renewed while there is still plenty of time to do so. If you
apply for or renew your passport at the last moment, you will pay a
lot of money to get it expedited. Make sure to check with your travel
agent or cruise line to see if any visas are needed for your ports of
call. If so, you will have to fill out applications to start that process.
About a month to month and a half before you leave, make sure your payments
are current for your cruise. Sometimes, if you do not pay the remainder
of your cruise tickets in a timely manner, your reservations could get
cancelled with no refund on what you did pay up to that point.
Start planning what you will pack. Try on clothes to ensure they will
still fit. This is not the time to diet and try and lose ten pounds!
By planning your wardrobe early, this will give you time to go shopping.
Rushing around at the last moment makes for frazzled nerves and you
want the experience to be smooth.
If you have children who are not going with you, make sure their temporary
guardian for that time has their school schedules. Write permission
notes for your childrenís schools to ensure that they can be picked
up by someone other than you.
If your house will be empty while you are gone, arrange for a neighbor
to pick up your mail and water your plants. Set timers on your lights
to make it look like someone is home. Have the neighbors feed your pets
or arrange a pet sitting service or kennel.
A few weeks before the big day, have your hair cut or any other personal
services done. Check to make sure your luggage is in good shape or decide
if you should buy something new. Baggage tags should be labeled properly
and in a legible print. Go over your cruise documents carefully to look
for any inaccuracies like the spelling of your name or a different cabin
or deck than what you paid for.
A few days before you leave, make two copies of all your travel documents,
including identification, credit cards and travelerís checks. Leave
a copy for a trusted family member or friend should you run into any
trouble. Keep the other copy with you, but separate from the originals.
Refill any pertinent medical prescriptions and make sure you have plenty
of batteries and film for the camera.
By creating a to-do list a few months before and following it as needed,
you should be able to accomplish everything you want including the care
of your home, children and other necessities like your plants, pets
and mail. This will keep you focused and ready for cruise time. Now,
there will be no worries as you board for your adventure.
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