Going on a cruise trip for a holiday or a vacation can definitely be thrilling. You get to be close to the sea and enjoy strolling through different ports.
If it is your first time to go on a cruise trip, there are some things you might want to prepare for in order to avoid potential problems and prevent unforeseen overspending during your vacation.
It’s very easy to be lured by enticing promotions and appealing add-ons on a cruise trip. But one thing you don’t want is spending money that’s beyond your budget. You don’t want to go broke after your trip, do you?
Being truly prepared for the cruise means eliminating the possible problems before they even arise. Here are some of the things you might want to add to your plan to ensure that your cruise trip would be a smooth sailing one:
1. Don’t pack everything in just one bag.
Instead of choosing just one bag to fit everything in, get a separate carry-on bag where you can store some of your valuable items while waiting for your luggage to arrive. In your carry on, you can keep essentials that might come in handy when your luggage isn’t there yet, such as an extra shirt and other toiletries.
2. Prepare some cash. If you have the cash on hand that you plan to spend, this will help stay on budget. My friend from Rid-Of-It Vancouver Junk Removal take this to the extreme by ONLY brining cash and no other cards, so overspending isn’t even an option.
Even when you have already paid for the trip via credit card, keeping some cash with you is important; especially when you are to give tips to the courteous cruise staff.
3. Review which excursions to try before even getting to the port. This way you won’t be tempted to spend a lot more money than was budgeted at the spur of the moment.
Every time you get to ports, there’s a high possibility that all the other vacationers on the cruise are wanting to visit the most popular spots in the area. Check which spots are worth visiting and book the ones you want even before you get to the port – that way, you can make sure that you would be accommodated when you get there.