|You've done your homework, have carefully
checked out the
cruise line and read everything in fine print (including all
disclaimers). You know where you
to go, which ship will take you there, what kind of cabin you want and
about how much it will cost...
Book it ! Call your travel agent now.
(Using your credit card for the deposit will afford you the most
If you don't have a local agent, you can find one on the
You need to select several categories or locations, as your first
may be sold out. I would recommend booking a minimum of six
ahead. You should book 9 months or more if:
If there is a possibility that you may experience inclement weather
you fly, consider flying the day before port departure.
cruise lines will arrange for a prior-nights stay for you.
- you need facilities for the handicapped
- you have a specific cabin in mind
- you are planning a group cruise
- You are cruising on holidays or in peak season
Travel insurance is always extra and is strongly
This policy may cover you for:
There are numerous acceptable reasons for refund, but there are some
to this coverage. Travelex, Access America and Travelguard
write these policies. Your agent can help you shop for one... please
let me know if you find a really good one.
- trip cancellation or interruption (non-refundable published
expenses when you are prevented from taking or completing a trip)
- trip delay or missed connection (for expenses that are
incurred to join
the trip and/or return home)
- Itinerary changes (such as bad weather)
- accidents to or from, onboard or in port, including medical
- lost or misplaced luggage
- bankruptcy (theirs, not yours)
Now is the time to request special dietetic meals or table
(see my Dining
Whew ! Well done! Now that the pressure is off,
lots of time to plan the other aspects of your trip.
Your Travel Agent will help you decide on the proper
identification papers you will need. I went all
the way and obtained a U.S.
Passport. In most cases this is overkill, as there are other
depending on your nationality. I figured that on the outside
that I win big at the casino, I can fly to New York and jump on the
to France or something. I'll already have my passport
If you are a non-custodial parent traveling with your
child, or the
child's other parent is not with you, you should obtain a notarized
from the other parent allowing you to remove the child from the country.