- Ensure that your passport or visa does not expire during the
course of your cruise.
- Make sure you have a multi entry visa for the country where you
embark the ship especially if after the cruise you will be
disembarking at the same port. Cruise companies are not liable for
any visa problems you may have and you may be refused boarding the
ship in case your papers are not in order.
- When packing to go on a cruise, read the recommended dress
section-this will help you to pack right. On a seven-night cruise
normally one would need two formal outfits and on a shorter cruise
one formal dress will do.
- Pack your valuables in your hand baggage and preferably deposit
jewellery and other valuables with the Purser or if you have a safe
in your cabin, use it. Most cruise companies do not take any
responsibility for lost items, if not deposited with the Purser's
- When going on a cruise, remember to pack one set of clothes, as
also any items of value in your hand luggage as your checked baggage
may be delivered to your cabin much after you have boarded the ship.
- Please make sure you check in and board at least two hours before
the scheduled sailing time. If you don't show up within the
stipulated time, be aware that the cruise company can cancel your
booking and no refund will be made to you.
- At the time of check in, you are normally handed a cruise card
that serves as identification as well as a credit card for the
duration of the cruise. Get the card activated as soon as you board
the ship. This can be done at the Purser's desk. No cash
transactions are carried out on board cruise ships.
- There are normally two meal sittings on board ships. Make your
preference known at the time of reservation. It will be difficult to
change the timing once on board.
- If you have special diet requests, do let them know at the time
of booking to ensure you get what you want.
- Make sure you book your shore excursions as soon as you board, as
these get filled up easily.
- If you have a special occasion, like an anniversary coming up
while you are on the cruise inform the travel agent at the time of
booking. With advance notice, most cruise companies can normally
arrange for you to have that little "extra" of having a
champagne breakfast or hamper in your room! All of course for an
- Usually the night before you disembark, you are requested to pack
your bags and leave them outside your cabin. Do ensure that you keep
one hand baggage with your essentials and a change for the next day
- Tipping: The 'done thing' varies but usually cruise lines
recommend the amount of tip for the staff. If you are satisfied with
the service, follow the tipping guidelines provided by the cruise