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Avoid These Cruise Mistakes

Justin Wong
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With an estimated 35.7 million passengers expected to cruise in 2024, up by millions from 2023, the popularity of cruises continues to soar. Whether you're a seasoned cruiser or embarking on your maiden voyage, avoiding common cruise mistakes is essential to ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience. Here are some key cruise pitfalls to steer clear of this year, along with valuable tips to enhance your cruise travel journey.

Mistakes to Avoid:

1. Flying in the Day of Your Cruise

While it may be tempting to save on accommodation costs by flying in on the same day as your cruise departure, this decision can be risky. Unforeseen flight delays or cancellations could result in missing your cruise altogether. To avoid this scenario, consider arriving at your port city a day in advance to allow for any travel disruptions and ensure a stress-free embarkation day.

2. Waiting Until the Last Minute for Packages

While waiting until the last minute to book cruise packages and add-ons may seem like a money-saving strategy, it can also lead to missed opportunities. Essential amenities such as spa treatments, dining reservations, and shore excursions may sell out quickly, leaving you disappointed. To secure your desired experiences, it's advisable to book these packages well in advance of your cruise departure date.

Travel Tips:

1. Allow Ample Time to Return to the Port

When planning your onshore activities during port stops, it's essential to allocate extra time for your return journey to the ship. Unexpected delays or distractions may occur, and allowing an additional 30 minutes to an hour ensures you won't miss the ship's departure. This courtesy not only benefits you but also avoids inconveniencing fellow passengers.

2. Invest in Travel Medical Insurance

Although there is a doctor and nurses on board, your medical insurance won’t be covering you. If you want to avoid your budget cruise trip from turning into a $100,000 medical bill, consider purchasing travel medical insurance. Travel medical insurance is different from the travel insurance you buy to protect your trip, but is completely necessary. Your health insurance doesn’t cover you when you travel out of the city, state or country. With travel medical insurance, you can be sure you’re covered whether you come down with an illness and need medication, or if you get a broken bone. 

3. Pack Wisely

Overpacking can lead to unnecessary hassle and inconvenience during your cruise vacation. Instead of bringing a multitude of clothing options, opt for versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched. Limit your footwear selection to 2-3 pairs of comfortable shoes suitable for various occasions. However, when it comes to medications, it's advisable to pack a few extra doses to account for unexpected delays and ensure you're prepared in case of unforeseen circumstances prolonging your trip.

Avoiding these common cruise mistakes and implementing these travel tips can enhance your cruise experience and ensure a memorable vacation for all the right reasons. Bon voyage!