When you think about it, a cruise is the perfect holiday solution: You get to see several exotic destinations and you don’t have to spend half your vacation time looking for transport or accommodation.
Just like with any other type of holiday, though, you need to prepare a little beforehand. This will help you make the most of your time on board.
Choose your destination
There are many different cruise packages available but since you’re going to spend a lot of time at sea, a sunny destination is a great option. It’s the best idea to go on a Caribbean cruise for your next vacation. Discover the stunning beaches that will surely make your trip the most unforgettable one! The Caribbean has great weather, especially during cruise season. To boot, many of the most popular islands in the region are close to one another and you won’t have to sail for days to get to the next port and all the magic it offers.
Even the most luxurious cabins on a cruise ship are quite small and you don’t want to clutter up your living space with luggage. Keep your bags as compact as possible and don’t bring lots of things you won’t need. Bring only the most essential toiletries, for instance. After all, most cruise ships have hair salons and spas where you can get pampered for those special dinners and balls on board. Several Caribbean ports offer fantastic duty-free shopping where you can stock up on your favorite products too.
Things not to leave home without
While you’ll be able to buy everything from toiletries to clothes either on board or in the different ports, there are some things that you should have in your luggage. Your passport and a stash of American dollars are the first things to pack. If you take prescription medication, bring enough for the duration of the cruise and a little extra too, just in case.
Do some research on the different ports and decide what you might want to do on your shore excursions. Check out travel websites such as Lonely Planet or National Geographic Travel for ideas. Then bring any special clothing or equipment you might need. For example, if you think you might enjoy a hike on an island like Saint Lucia, pack some hiking boots that you’ve already broken in, since new boots are guaranteed to give you painful blisters.
Finally, pack plenty of your favurite sunscreen and don’t forget your camera to capture those great memories!