If you’ve booked your first cruise to the Caribbean, first of all you’re so lucky! Caribbean islands like Jamaica, Barbados and Cuba are enough to make anyone jealous of visitors to the region, with lashings of sunshine and silky sand beaches, plus an average temperature of anything between 83° and 91°F (28 to 32°C) at this time of year, for them to enjoy.
Locations like easy going Havana and thriving Montego Bay have made Caribbean cruises a popular choice for holidaymakers who are looking to see more of the world for their money and relax at the same time. If this paradise-like region features in your cruise travel itinerary and it’s your first time traveling to the region, this article is definitely for you.
Check out passport and visa requirements
It’s easy to get caught out by passport and visa requirements, so you should make sure
you know these and comply with them before you head off on your Caribbean cruise. The cruise line may have no choice but to refuse you entry to the ship if you don’t have these in order. Often, a cruise line will provide a visa that covers everyone on the ship, but don’t just assume this. Check with the cruise line.
Get ready for the sun
You’re going to the Caribbean, and it’s going to get pretty hot! Pack plenty of sunscreen, and be sure to use it. Even if the weather is cloudy, put it on, as you can still catch sunburn.
Make the most of any excursions
Naturally, one of the best ways to explore is to go on an excursion. Normally, you’ll be
able to sign up with the cruise line for an excursion. Do this before you go, to avoid missing out. Signing up once you’re on board the ship may be too late.
Prepare for a formal evening
Always pack a nice dress and shoes for dinner (and ask your husband to pack a tuxedo or suit and shoes). Formal dinners are part of the cruise experience, and you don’t want to be the one who is underdressed. A lot of cruise operators will operate a tuxedo rental service, if you’re worried about getting that suit all creased in the luggage. It’s all so glamorous! You can always contact the cruise operator and ask them about the dress code if you’re not feeling sure what style to wear.
Bring any alcohol permitted on board
Perhaps you’re celebrating an anniversary or a birthday and would like to toast the occasion? Check with the cruise operator about what alcohol you’re allowed to take on board, if any. You may find that the operator allows you to bring on wine or some mixers, so make the most of it and save yourself a little money on drinks.
Stave off motion sickness
You can’t help feeling a little motion sick when you’re on a cruise liner, but there are steps you can take to minimize this. The main thing you can do is stay hydrated, which you’ll want do in a hot region like the Caribbean anyway. Take some anti-motion-sickness medicine and also wear a pressure point wristband, which can help to prevent motion sickness.
With these tips in mind, your first cruise out in the Caribbean will be a roaring success. Sit back and enjoy the tour!