Looking for some helpful tips on what to pack for a cruise? For anything about travel, deciding what to pack is going to be the one that needs a lot of attention. Going on a cruise is all about relaxation and just having a good time.
Check the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) website. This is the world’s largest cruise association. You can get information that will help you in your decision. They can likewise answer any questions that you have.
Get the yellow pages and go to the cruise lines section. Call your target ship lines and try to get some information on their offered cruise discounts. It would be better if a friend of yours work in a certain ship line, as you can get more information. You can also ask a friend if they happen to know of anyone working for a cruise company. However, you have to build rapport with that person and regularly check with him of the latest deals.
Resident Discount Rates – Many cruise lines offer resident rates for Lake Minnetonka cruise departing from your state. These rates can be significant but you may need to ask to get them.
When arriving at the pier, allow the porters to take your luggage and tip them (usually $1.00/piece is sufficient) so you don’t have to wrestle it on board. They will take it on board where it will be delivered to your stateroom. Make sure you keep important things, like medication, money, credit cards, a book to read, etc. in a carry on that you will keep with you when boarding as it may be several hours before your luggage arrives at your stateroom.
Travel Insurance could help with unexpected expenses; like trip delays, medical expenses, lost luggage, and other unforeseen problems. One of the first things my wife and I learned from our first cruise is that if possible, arrive at the port city at least one day early. This way if there are unexpected delays do to the weather or mechanical problems you have a better chance of arriving before the cruise ship leaves without you.
Most cruise ship musicals, plays, shows, and other live entertainment are included in the price of your cruise. But you may want to confirm this ahead of time. Other than that, cruise ship casino gambling is obviously at an extra charge to you. Also, don’t forget to figure in the high costs of cruise ship telephone connections and cruise ship internet charges that you might incur (these can be pricey) if you need to call home or check your email during the cruise.