Greetings from the Southern Caribbean Paradise Crew! As we are currently sailing on the Freedom of the Seas, we wanted to share with you a few of our tips on how to prevent seasickness on a cruise!
If you have a cruise quickly approaching, you may be wondering what you need to do the day before you leave... So here are a few tips and things we like to do the day before to ensure a smooth morning traveling to the airport or cruise port!
he Carnival Triumph is undergoing a $200 million complete Dry Dock Make Over in March 2019 and will come out as a BRAND New ship named the Carnival Sunrise! AKA, you won’t even recognize her!
Welcome to our Christmas in July episode!! We cruised on the Carnival Magic last December and found it to be the most magical cruise we have taken, so we wanted to make this video to encourage you to consider taking a cruise for Christmas! Here are our 10 Reasons why you should!
Embarkation carryon: pack all things you may need, medicines, swim wear, change of clothes.. Etc. Your luggage may take several hours to arrive to your stateroom, so plan accordingly.
We wanted to do a 2-part Series to share what is and what is not included in the cost of a cruise! Video One is, you guessed it, what IS included. Tomorrow, we will share what is NOT included.
Having been on almost 10 cruises (Freedom of the Seas in August will be the 10th!), we have found a few ways to score some free stuff on the ships.
Hi Paradise Crew!
We noticed as we began talking to our friends about our project, many of them haven't been on a cruise. Which lead us to not only creating this video on tips for first time cruisers, but also to create an entire playlist focused around people ready (or considering) to take their first cruise. We hope you find the tips and videos in the playlist helpful! What other topics do you think we should cover?? Leave us a comment and we may do a video about it!
Tips We Cover-
1. Check Your Necessary Travel Documents
2. Prepare For Embarkation
3. Take Cash- Specifically Smaller Bills for Tipping
4. Check Your Cruise Line's Packing Rules
5. Plan Your Port Days
6. Bring A Watch
7. Check the Dress Codes for the dining rooms
8. Bring a Non-Surge Protected Power Strip- There are typically only 2 outlets in the cabins.
9. You can eat as much as you want, but be sure to exercise, or simple do some extra walking!
10. Bring a Reusable Water Bottle
As we are preparing for our cruise on the Freedom of the seas, we thought this would be the perfect time to share what you should do after you book your cruise!
You'll want to research the ports and shore excursions! -I’m sure you did plenty of research of the ports- but Incase you didn’t… do that now! Look for things you may want to do- excursion with the cruise, 3rd party or just exploring on your own!
Create a packing list - based off the itinerary, the excursions you plan to do, cruise line, dinner attire, etc.
Make sure your passports are current & won’t expire for at least 6 months after your cruise. You can cruise with an original birth certificate and your driver's license, but we find it easier to just pack your passports!
Do your online check-in. You have until 3 days prior to sailing to complete this, but I try to do it as soon as they open it up, which is usually 60-90 days out.
Make dinner & show reservations depending on your cruise line. If you are cruising with Norwegian, you will most likely have to reserve everything, regardless if there is a fee or not. So just be aware that you could miss out on some things if you don't reserve them ahead of time.
Download the cruise line & Shipmate app. The cruise line's app (Carnival Hub, Norwegian Concierge, Royal IQ, etc) will be helpful while you are on board. Shipmate should help you before: You can explore the ship and the ports ahead of time and connect with new people that will be on your sailing.
Which brings us to the next tip- Find your Roll call on Cruise critic, Facebook groups or the Shipmate app. Here you can find other people on your sailing, ask questions, plan meet ups, look at photos and videos of the ship/ports.. It's a great way to keep the excitement!
Book extras for the room like decorations, cake, liquor, or treats. If you are celebrating something or just want it to look/be special, this is nice touch!
Do you last minute shopping early! Look at your list of things you will need and start buying things a little at time. This way you don't forget anything and you don't have an overwhelming amount of things to purchase at the end.
Start packing a few weeks out. Gather the clothes, toiletries and other items you know you won’t be wearing before your cruise and start packing. It will make things less stressful later!
Call credit card company/bank to let them know you will be out of the country. Prime example- Griff forgot to do this while we were in Cozumel and they shut down his card! So avoid the hassle and plan ahead.
Book and schedule personal appointments before your cruise, i.e. hair, mani-pedi, facials, etc. You’ll want to get this all done before you leave- but you can also get it done on the ship if you want to treat yo-self… but of course, it'll come at a premium! So go ahead and look fabulous!
Those are only some of the things we do after booking a cruise. What are some things that you like to do before your cruise? Let us know in the comments!
Is It Really Safe To Cruise During Hurricane Season? Absolutely! Do you want to risk your ports being changed or your cruise being cancelled all together? That is the question!
What are some of the advantages of being a risk taker during hurricane season??
1. The rates are a little cheaper at the end of August through October if you are looking to cruise the Caribbean due to higher chance of hurricanes and the kiddos going back to school.
2. The weather can be BEAUTIFUL! We had the BEST cruise of our lives during the middle of September, but the week before us experienced a bunch of storms, so you are really flipping a coin here.
If you decide you want to risk it, just remember to be flexible. There is a higher chance that your cruise may be rerouted or cancelled entirely... In 2017, our Majesty of the Seas cruise to the Bahamas was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. We were really upset, but understood the reasoning. Unfortunately, we weren't able to find another time to rebook in the near future.
If the cruise line cancels the cruise, they will refund you. But if you can't get to port and they sail anyway... they won't. Depending on the cruise line and what the contact states, they may give you an incentive to book again quickly, like on board credit or something similar.
SO! Be sure to buy Insurance whether with the cruise line or another company that will cover the cost of your trip, that way you are covered if for some reason you are unable to make it to the port, or decide the weather is too bad for your liking.