International Cruise - Planning Your Cruise Abroad
an international cruise to a foreign country can be a exciting and
memorable experience, especially if you have never traveled abroad.
While there are many wonderful sights to see and things to do, there
are also some dangers to avoid. Your international cruise will be much
more rewarding if you take the following considerations into account.
Since you will be on an international cruise, you will be visiting
foreign countries. It is recommended that you learn as much as you can
about each country at which the cruise ship will port. One of the first
things you need to understand are the foreign entry requirements
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires all those
who travel by sea to a foreign country and return to the U.S. to
possess a valid passport
. Depending on the countries you will visit, it may also be necessary to obtain a travel visa
. Even if you do not plan to leave the ship, the cruise line will require you to possess the appropriate visas.
It is a smart idea to make copies of all important documents before
your trip. You should make photocopies of your passport, credit cards,
medical prescriptions, and your medical insurance information.
Photocopying your credit cards will allow you to have images of them if
they happen to be lost or stolen during your trip. You will have the
numbers, expiration dates and the phone number to call if you do
misplace them. By copying medical prescriptions you are able to have
the information for any medications you might need during your trip.
Medication bottles are small and can easily be misplaced. It is
important to always have your medical insurance information with you in
case of any medical emergencies. Of course, as previously mentioned,
you should make sure that your medical insurance fully covers any
medical expenses in other countries before departing on your trip. If
it does not cover you, travel insurance might be a smart choice for
The fact that you chose an international cruise likely means
that you enjoy exploring new places and learning about new cultures.
Since you will have limited time at each port, it is a good idea to
become familiar with the language and culture of each international destination
as well as a list of popular sightseeing tours and attractions
. This information will also help you decide what to pack in your luggage.
If you are traveling abroad for the first time, beware of scams that
many international travelers unfortunately fall prey to. Frequently,
petty thieves lurk in areas where cruise ships dock, waiting to make
unsuspecting passengers their next victims. Make sure to keep your bags
in sight at all times, to avoid getting anything stolen. Also, be sure
to only keep items you will really need in your wallet during your
trip. Try not to carry a lot of unnecessary items with you. It is also
a good idea to lock all baggage that you bring with you.
Make sure you get to the boat early. In today's world, there
are a number of security precautions and safety measures that are taken
before you are allowed to board any mode of public transportation. This
means that you will need plenty of time to check your bags and get
through security before your boat leaves. If you end up having a little
extra time before you board your cruise, most shipping docks have areas
where travelers can wait for their cruises to leave. It is better to
have a little extra time than to miss your boat. Also, be sure to have
your boarding pass and passport handy so you can get them checked
quickly and easily rather than having to search through your bags for
Make sure you know the currency conversions between American
dollars and the currency of the country you are visiting. Make sure you
are visiting places that will accept your credit cards or make certain
that you have enough local currency on you for any expenses. You will
also want to look into places to exchange your currency. Different
places offer different rates of conversion. Banks are typically the
best bet, as they usually offer the best rates. However, it is smart to
look into this and do some research before your trip. Another option is
traveler's checks, which can be purchased from your local bank prior to
your trip, and can be used anywhere.
When traveling abroad on a cruise it might be a good idea to invest in international travel insurance
Not only does travel insurance protect you from any unexpected
cancellations, which can be important since cruises abroad can be more
costly than domestic rates, but international travel insurance
can come in handy in other ways as well. Before leaving check into your
medical insurance plan to find out if you are covered in foreign
countries. Some insurance plans do not cover medical expenses in
foreign countries and in some cases insurance plans are not accepted by
foreign hospitals. In case of medical emergency while you are away,
travel insurance policies can be purchased to cover any unforeseen
medical costs that may occur while you are traveling.
The most important tip for people planning to travel abroad is
to have fun and enjoy the cruise. For most people it is not everyday
that they get to visit a foreign country, so try your best to take in
as many sights as possible and don't forget your camera.
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