First cruise? If so you may not be aware that most cruise lines now give you the opportunity to book almost everything you’ll ever want to do while on board on their web sites.
We are heading off on the Ruby Princess and have already reserved massage treatments in the spa and shore excursions in Cozumel and Grand Cayman via the web site’s Cruise Personalizer. We also filled out all the immigration forms and other information, left a credit card number and all that so that we check in at the pier in Fort Lauderdale all we have to do is grab our room keys and board.
We’ve done similar on Crystal Cruises via its Concierge Services, Celebrity, Silversea and Seabourn’s Already Book site, and it really helps to make the cruise go more smoothly. Of course sometimes once on board you might want to switch that spa treatment to another time because you noticed something better came up, you can, with enough notice. We were disappointed that we couldn’t reserve a table at the Ruby Princess’s alternative dining venues in advance, so now we have to race to the maître’d to make sure we get into The Crown Grill on Valentine’s Day (it’s our favorite restaurant on the fleet).
When booking a cruise it’s always a good idea to check out the web site to see if you can take care of business before leaving home. You can also print out boarding passes, luggage tags, itineraries (which you can email direct to friends and family). Cruising, after all is meant to be hassle-free with only have to pack and unpack your bags once and arriving in different destinations seamlessly, and that little extra pre-planning will make it even more so.