If your traveling dreams are finally coming true and you’ve decided to go on a world cruise, what do you need to do to plan?
Think about it. You’ll be traveling for more than 100 days — that’s a long time. So you need to start planning early and think about every aspect of your trip.
Start by visiting cruise line websites to research the type of lifestyle the various ships offer. Some offer a more upscale experience where everyone dresses up for dinner at night, while others have a more laid-back atmosphere. To learn about cruise lines, you can also ask your friends and family about the experiences they’ve had on cruise ships. And you can visit cruise review websites, such as Cruise Critic.
If you’ve decided to go on a world cruise, you’ve probably already started saving money, but it’s worth pointing out that you should be saving as much as you can because you’ll be paying at least $12,000 per person (and that amount doesn’t factor in everything like tips and alcohol). Set a budget for your trip and begin to narrow down your options. You can get the best deals by booking early, usually 18 months in advance.
As Your Cruise Gets Closer
Invest in insurance, because anything can happen when you travel for months at a time. Shop around and look for the best deals. Also, see your doctor and get necessary inoculations, depending on where you’re going.
Think about what types of activities you want to participate in and set a daily or weekly budget for yourself or your family. Also, think about what you’ll do when you land in various cities. Read travel magazines and books to get in the mood for your trip.
You also need to plan for who will be caring for any pets you may have and for your home. Also, make sure your house is empty of food and other perishable items.
• Power strip or outlet converter. Because your ship will likely only have one or two outlets in your cabin, this will come in handy.
• A digital camera. Bring extra memory cards.
• Laptop. If you have a laptop, bring it with you, so you can upload your pictures, even if you don’t always have access to the Internet.
• An alarm clock. It’s a good idea to bring one of these just in case there isn’t a clock in your room on the ship.
• An e-reader, an iPad or an iPhone. If you like to read, lugging around a lot of books isn’t really a good idea, so bring along your e-reader.
• Satellite phone. Renting or buying a satellite phone is a must if you’re traveling around the world, especially to destinations that don’t have phone service. This way you’ll always have phone service no matter where you go. These types of phones work on a satellite network and also can usually send and receive texts and connect to the Internet.
• Clothing. You’ll need to pack a lot of clothes for a variety of weather conditions. Get a water-resistant windbreaker, a warm coat and some boots. It’s important to keep in mind that you can’t pack enough items to have a different outfit each day; instead pick items that you can mix and match, and also choose accent pieces, such as scarves, to add personality to your look. Walking shoes are a must, as is a swimsuit or two. Also pack a few formal outfits.
• Passport. If something happens and you don’t get back on the ship, you will need your passport.
• Insurance card and prescription card. To avoid extremely expensive charges, present your card when the onboard doctor treats you.
Enjoy Your World Cruise
This is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, and you want to be able to enjoy yourself and all your wonderful surroundings fully, so make sure you plan properly. And no matter what, know that this trip is a fantasy come true — you’ll meet interesting people, visit fascinating locations and you will surely be talking about this trip for the rest of your life.
About the Author:
Blogger and frequent Globalcom customer Jess Carlton writes extensively on ocean travel. For renting or buying satellite phones, she recommends cruise passengers visit globalcomsatphone.com.