Getting prepared for your cruise.
You’ve booked your dream cruise and started your daily countdown, what do you do now?
We have put together some helpful steps you can do prior to sailing to make things easier for you, and to ensure you get the most out of your cruise experience.
Online Check in
Take the hassle out of your embarkation day, and check in online before you cruise. MyCruises has put together a page on our website dedicated to online check in to make things easy for you. Here you can select your cruise line, and proceed through to complete your check in: https://www.mycruises.com.au/online-check-in/
All cruise line systems differ slightly, however for all of them you will need to create an account with a username and password. If you have a cruise line loyalty number ensure you enter this in your account so you can get credit for your cruise, and any future cruises. Along with general personal information (name, address, phone number, emergency contacts etc), you will require your cruise booking reference number, along with passport or valid ID to complete your check in. It is also recommended you pre enter in your credit card details that you will be using for your onboard account; this also speeds up your embarkation day process so you can get onboard sooner!
During your online check in, you will also be given up to a few different boarding times to select from. Some cruise lines however, pre allocate a boarding time for you and this will be the time you will be required at the port.
You will need to ensure your passport is valid with at least 6 months validity from the date you are going to be returning from you holiday.
Once you have filled out your personal information for your online check in – the fun part starts – now you can add on drinks packages, book specialty dining reservations, shows, shore excursions and more! If you have a Specialty Dining package included in your cruise fare, it is important to make reservations at your preferred restaurants and preferred seating time as soon as it opens for bookings online. This is generally 2-3 months prior to sailing.
Specialty Dining restaurants tend to book out, so to ensure you get to dine in the venues of your choice, book them in prior.
Shore excursions are often limited to passenger numbers, so we always recommend you jump online to your Cruise Personaliser and lock in and prepay for the shore excursions you want to experience. Some shore excursions are once in a lifetime experiences, therefore making them extremely in demand. If you leave shore excursions until you are onboard, you will more than likely be left with limited choice, and you will also have to line up at the shore excursion counter onboard.
You can also notify the cruise line if you will be celebrating any special occasions such as anniversary or birthday whilst you are onboard, and you can arrange wine, flowers or special amenities to be in your cabin upon embarkation.
Spa treatments generally can be booked prior to sailing, however best to check with your specific cruise line and ship as this can differ. Alternatively, head to the Day Spa on embarkation day to secure your treatment, especially if you are wanting to indulge on a sea day!
1-2 weeks prior to your cruise you should start to think about what documents you require and have them ready to go. Log onto your Cruise Personaliser and print out your cruise documentation, along with your luggage tags. These tags go on your bags once you get to the port, however we recommend stapling them together prior to getting to the port, that way you don’t have to worry about trying to locate someone with a stapler.
Today is the day you have been waiting for! Today you will be heading to the port and getting onboard your cruise. Ensure you arrive at the port on time (or preferably a little earlier) for your allocated embarkation time that was either selected by you or provided to you during your online check in process.
At this time, you will have your boarding passes printed, your luggage tags securely stapled to your bags and your passport or ID conveniently on you. Each cruise terminal around the world is different, however they will all be signed accordingly which will make it easy for you to drop off your bags and make your way through the embarkation security and check in process. This process is where you will be screened like at an airport with metal detectors and x-ray for smaller bags. Once through security you will approach the check in counters where you will have your photo taken, which will be allocated against your onboard card and will serve as your cabin key, payment method and onboard ID. Your luggage will be delivered to your cabin during embarkation. If you have booked a Suite or eligible for priority boarding, your exclusive line will be shorter, and you will generally have a lounge area to wait in, rather than standing in line.
Enjoy your cruise!
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