90 days before your cruise and you have come to the right place to learn what you need to do to make your cruise a trip of a lifetime.
Don’t book your flights until you read this post! You will thank us later!
Pre Cruise and Post Cruise Experiences
With only three months to go before your cruise, it is time to start thinking about extending all of the fun! There are so many options for pre cruise or post cruise experiences. Especially if you are flying to another part of the country or the world to catch your ship. Most likely your travel agent has discussed these opportunities with you. But if not, let us share with you all of the many options for a pre or post cruise!
If you are flying to another state or country to set sail on your high seas adventure, doesn’t it make sense to arrive a few days early or stay a few days after to take advantage of what that city has to offer? Port of Miami! How about a few days at South Beach? Or a day excursion to Little Havana? Or a side trip to the Florida Keys! Galveston?
Fly in early and take a tour of NASA’s Space Center in Houston. Orlando? Disney World! Los Angeles! Disneyland, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood! How about a day in Seattle to visit the Pike Place Market? Sailing out of New Jersey? Spend a weekend in NY and see the Big Apple! Broadway Shows!
Foodies and Cruising
Are you a foodie? Come in early and taste the local specialties. I mean who can miss Stone Crab in Florida? Oysters or beignets in New Orleans? New York pizza?
BIG CLUE! We always suggest booking your flight to arrive one day before your cruise just in case of any travel issues! We never want to think it could happen. But it can! Weather! Planes breaking down. Oversold flights!
Our goal for this website is to help you have a stress free cruise. Well, the first step is to get there stress free! So spend that extra few dollars to come in the night before the cruise and enjoy the port city you are sailing from. Then wake up and have a locals breakfast and head off to board the ship for the cruise of a lifetime!
Cruising out of Europe
If you are cruising out of Europe and making your flight arrangements remember that you will lose on average 9 hours in time changes. Most flights you take will arrive to Europe the next day. Make sure you plan for this when making your hotel reservations and transfer to the ship.
We cannot stress more that you should fly in to Europe 2 days before your cruise. This also gives your body a chance to acclimate to the time changes. You definitely do not want to get on your ship and go right to sleep! Come in early and use that time to get over your jet lag. Then hit the sites of some of the most beautiful ports in the world!
For European, Asian and other cruises where you will need to fly a long way think about breaking up your pre and post cruise experiences. With Europe you have so many countries within a few hours away from one another by train or short flight it is definitely worth doing a nice land excursion after your cruise.
With 90 days before your cruise, you can plan out your perfect vacation!
Our Favorites for Pre and Post Cruise Adventures
1.Sailing out of Rome? Spend two days in Rome before you sail. See the Vatican, Colosseum, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. Then on your return, take a train from the port to Florence for a few days, then on to Venice! You can fly back to the US from Venice! With about 5 days you can see so much of Italy! Not to mention taste test gelato and pizza from the South of Italy all the way to Venice!
2.Sailing out of Miami? We always love to spend 2 nights in South Beach. Talk about relaxing in the sun before you ever board the ship?! It will truly get you in the vacation frame of mind. If you love culture, then go to Little Havana and get a taste of one of the most beautiful cultures and people to put their stamp on Florida. If you have time after your cruise, rent a car and go to the Florida Keys!
3.Sailing out of Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey? It’s a must to hop over to Manhattan and feel the amazing energy of this city. Culture at every turn! Museums, theater, food, night life! Transportation between the ship and the city is so easy why wouldn’t you?
4.Sailing from Barcelona? Fly into Barcelona and out of Paris! Definitely spending a few days in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona before your cruise is a must! The architecture, history and nightlife is extraordinary. Then after your cruise grab a quick flight or train to the South Of France! Do a five day trip and see Nice, Marseille, Cannes and Monaco. Then fly up to Paris for 2 days and back to the US. Si, Oui and OMG!
With three months before your cruise you have some time to get creative and turn what was just a 7 or 10 day adventure into a vacation you will remember for a lifetime.
Be sure to check with your Travel Agent for changes in pricing in your favor and possible cabin upgrades as they become available.
Have fun and make this a cruise of a lifetime!