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An ocean cruise can be a very exciting and relaxing way to spend a vacation. There are many cruise lines that leave from U.S. ports with a range of prices designed to fit most peopleís budgets.
With the proper planning, preparation, and travel savvy, a cruise may present the opportunity for the vacation of a lifetime.
Before you go, it would be wise to consider obtaining a passport. Beginning in 2008, passports will be required for all individuals traveling by land or sea to foreign destinations, even those countries that are on the immediate U.S. border.
Regarding packing for the trip, one should invest in roll-aboard or rolling luggage on wheels for ease of movement. It is also a good idea to take a smaller carry-on or backpack along with at least one change of clothes and small toiletries within the TSA guidelines just in case oneís luggage is temporarily lost or misplaced. If flying to the shipís embarkation city, it may be best to use curbside check-in at the airport. That way, one only needs check-in at the departing gate to board oneís departing aircraft.
Label luggage clearly
what you'll need
On the cruise, donít miss the emergency drill before the ship leaves the dock and be quiet during the officersí instructions. It could save your life.
And donít forget to be generous with those of the crew who offer exemplary service. Tips are how they make their living. Have fun. Participate in the cruise activities. The events are designed with you in mind.
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff