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Tips for your Upcoming Cruise

As springtime edges closer, so does the thought of taking a vacation -- possibly a vacation cruise.... One of the best parts of taking a vacation cruise is that typically everything is taken care of for you and all you have to do is show up and enjoy! However, if you're not prepared for the unexpected, your dream cruise could be your vacation disaster. Do some simple planning in advance, so you are ready for anything. Below are some helpful tips:

Plan for Plenty of Time Between Your Flight and Your Cruise: No matter where you are traveling, be sure to allow plenty of time between your flight and your ship's departure. You may even want to consider arriving a night or two in advance. In the case of weather delays or cancellations, which could result in you missing the cruise's departure, you should consider purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance would help cover the cost of and arrange flights so that you can catch up with your ship.

Secure Important Documents: Since a cruise typically involves visiting several destinations or countries, you need to bring your passport and make sure that it is safe at all times. If you plan to use your driver's license or photo I.D. as your main form of identification while you are in port, you can always lock your passport in the safe in your cabin. If you prefer to use your passport at all times, consider purchasing a money pouch that you can wear underneath your clothes. It's also a good idea to bring along a copy of your passport and credit cards. If at any point during your trip you realize that your passport or credit cards have been lost or stolen, and if you've purchased travel insurance, your provider may be able to help to coordinate obtaining emergency cash and a replacement passport. Also be sure to bring with you a copy of all the prescriptions and list of medicines you are taking.

Use Your Carry-On Bag for Necessities: Be sure to pack a carry-on bag with the necessities you don't want to be without (complete change of clothes, swimsuit, essential toiletries, and medications). If you get to your cruise ship on time but your luggage doesn't make it to your destination before your cruise departs, your carry-on bag will be a real lifesaver. However, even with your carry-on bag, you still may have days of inconveniences while you're waiting for your luggage to be located. In this case having travel insurance is a big plus. Travel insurance providers can assist you in a number of ways including helping you find your luggage if it has been displaced or helping you fill emergency prescriptions. Also travel insurance may help cover the cost of necessities if your luggage is delayed.

Other Necessities (not often thought about): You may also want to consider packing the following uncommon items as well: duct tape/strapping tape or extra plastic cable-lock ties for securing your luggage for your return trip home; zip loc bags of all sizes and garbage/laundry bags; and crazy glue for the unexpected breaks.

As mentioned above, Travel Insurance can help you with a number of items such as: medical emergencies, emergency cash, transfer assistance, language interpretation assistance, airline strikes, legal referrals, and much more. For a list of the top Travel Insurance companies, visit ManagingMoney.com.

To ensure a fun and relaxing cruise, be prepared for the unexpected by considering the above mentioned travel tips. You'll be glad you did!

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