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Cruise line travel can make a wonderful vacation, allowing you to relax yet still giving you the opportunity to explore new and exotic locales. Cruise travel operates worldwide, allowing you to travel anywhere from the South Pacific to Antarctica. While cruise line travel is mostly all-inclusive and basically takes care of your meals, lodging, and itinerary, there are certain things you can do that will help make your travel experience go much more smoothly. Here are some great cruise line travel tips to remember.

  • Have your paperwork in order. Many travel experts recommend making two copies of your passport, driver’s license, and credit cards before leaving home. Bring one set of copies with you and leave the other set with a trusted friend or relative. It’s a good idea to visit the U.S. State Department’s website before you go to see what travel documents you’ll need and to get a list of Customs regulations so you know what you can bring back.
  • Think carefully about room placement. Generally, you will have access to a map of the ship when selecting your cabin. Consider in advance what your needs are going to be. If you prefer quiet, then avoid a cabin next to the laundry area, stairs, and other gathering places. If you have children, then a cabin with a balcony may not be the best choice. And if a good view is important to you, make sure ahead of time that it’s not going to be blocked by a lifeboat or other bulky item.
  • Pack smartly. Be sure to tailor your packing list to your itinerary. Warm layers are needed for cruise line travel in Alaska and Northern Europe, whereas quick-drying, light fabrics are recommended for tropical climes. Check and see what type of cruise you’re booked on as well to determine if any formal or dinner attire is necessary. And don’t forget comfortable walking shoes for those port excursions!
  • Bring provisions for seasickness. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, then you don’t know how you’ll react to the constant motion. Fortunately, there are many remedies for this, including motion sickness pills and special wristbands that stimulate pressure points and can counteract the nausea. These supplements will be available on the ship, but they will probably be much more expensive than if you get them at home.
  • Store your valuables in the ship safe. Whenever possible, place your valuables in the ship purser’s safe rather than leaving them unsecured in the cabin. Included here should be any copies you made of your passport, identification, and credit cards. Of course, if the cruise line holds on to your passport for the purposes of clearing foreign docks, then you’ll want to keep your passport copy with you, particularly when you disembark.
  • Keep tipping money handy. Not only will you need smaller bills to tip porters at the pier and other cruise line personnel, but you may find you need tip money when you’re in port. Rather than spending your time searching around for change, bring a supply of smaller bills with you and keep some of them handy at all times.

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