It’s 28 days until you board your dream ship and in awe that you are finally there! Yesterday you did all of your online documentation and hopefully have printed out your Boarding Passes. Today is the fun! You probably saw on the cruise line website all of the shore excursions and cruise packages, extra events and amenities you can add to your cruise. Each cruise line offers such a varied amount of extras for you to research. So let’s have some fun! You can usually find the extras and shore excursions after logging back in to where you did your Onboard Check In yesterday.
Cruise Shore Excursions
Some cruise lines include them in your cruise cost and others do not. You will be given an opportunity to book or reserve many of them online way in advance. In fact, many cruise lines let you do this up to 90 days before your cruise. For the purpose of our day 28 we will assume you have not booked them yet.
Research, research, research! You have planned your perfect cruise, don’t make the mistake of waiting to the last minute to book your shore Excursions.
Many of the best ones sell out in advance. But, before you book your excursion you may want to do an internet search and read reviews of the ones you are thinking of. There are many online Travel Websites that give feedback on excursions all over the world. So, do a little extra searching! You will also see that many of the excursion companies sell directly to clients instead of having to go through purchasing them through the ship. Our suggestion is to speak with your Travel Agent about both of these options and what is best for your pocket and your safety. Travel Agents ROCK!
When you do book your excursion make sure that you check the departure times and length of the excursion. Most of them will also let you know if they are high impact activity or low impact. Make sure you book what works for you. Sometimes if you do it all perfectly you can get in two excursions in one day! So have fun and really read up on the description on the cruise line website to see which will fulfill all of your cruising dreams.
EXAMPLE – Take our word for it, any excursion with the word Dolphin in it will sell out before the cruise! Don’t miss out! Book your excursions!
Booking Onboard Events
RESTAURANTS Most of the cruise lines from Ocean going to River cruises now have specialty restaurants that you can make reservations for.
Some cost extra and some don’t. But, most of the time you can make these reservations ahead of time on the Cruise Line website. Look through your cruise itinerary and see which day you think would be fun to dine in a specialty restaurant. We tend to do it on sea days as very often we are too exhausted on a port day to dress up and go. Formal nights are also fun to reserve a fancy dinner for. These will book up faster than any other days. HINT! Often the cruise lines will give a discount if you book a specialty restaurant for the first night of the sailing.
ENTERTAINMENT Now many of the cruise lines have the ability to reserve your entertainment seating for the shows ahead of time.
The very large ships have added this capability in order to satisfy each guests desire to see every show while aboard. See if your cruise line lets you book your show tickets in advance. Read more about tips to plan your scheduling of the vast entertainment on board your cruise here.
SPA If you can book spa appointments on your Cruise Line Website in advance do so! Again, the cruise pros know how to grab up all the best times.
EXAMPLE – Sea days will sell out of massage and spa appointments way in advance. Formal nights will sell out of hair appointments in advance! Hint- Once you are onboard if you want to get a discount, they usually do promos on Port Days when most of the guests are off the ship.
Onboard Cruise Packages
DRINK PACKAGES, CABIN DECORATIONS OR DELIVERIES Many of the ships have drink packages that you can purchase in advance. From wine or alcohol to soda packages and coffee, you can purchase these before you board. You can also order bottled water on many of the ships that don’t supply them free.
HINT! Often if you book online in advance you can get up to 20% off a package price. You can also add on other fun things like flower deliveries, special occasion cabin decorations and more!
WIFI Just like the drink packages, many of the ships will give you a discount on your WIFI packages if you purchase them in advance.
The most important part about day 28 is to have fun perusing your cruise line’s website to see all of the fun that you can add to your cruise!