Our Guide to Preparing for a Cruise Excursion in Europe – What to Know


Our Guide to Preparing for a Cruise Excursion in Europe – What to Know

Taking a holiday by the sea offers a unique experience. Not only does it bring a sense of luxury, but it provides an exotic way of seeing the world. Unlike flying, you can relax, have fun, and feel like you’re on a moving paradise when boarding a cruise vacation. 

Cruising during your weekend escapade is an exciting time, but preparing for everything can be a daunting process. Ensuring everything is in order before you set sail can be boggling while packing for the trip can be stressful on its own. 

That’s why planning for your trip ahead of time goes a long way toward a smooth sailing. With that in mind, the tips below aim to prepare you before you set sail. 

Prepare for Extra Costs

Preparing for a cruise trip can be an expensive ordeal, but it’s in your best interest to take the time to cover everything in your budget. This includes extra fees such as beverages, specialty restaurants, spa treatments, onboard video games, laundry, dry cleaning, Internet-use, and more. 

Set aside some cash for these small excursions to ensure you can make the most of your stay over the sea. Keep in mind that most cruises are not all-inclusive, so expect to pay for the extras throughout the trip. This includes saving a small portion of your budget for providing tips to the cruise staffing. 

Pack Wisely  

One of the most challenging things to prepare for a cruise trip is packing. From lounging by the open ports, snorkelling excursions, to gala nights, and museum walks, it’s no surprise many struggles to bring extra baggage. 

However, most cabin sizes in cruise ships are about 170 to 200 square feet. That’s roughly half the size of an average hotel room, which can be roomy so long as you pack wisely. You can save on some space in your luggage by opting out items that are already provided for by the cruise, such as toiletries like shampoo, soap, and beach towels. 

There is also self-service laundry available, except for Royal Carribean and Norwegian Cruise Line ships. On another note, don’t forget that ironing tools are not allowed on board as it is a fire hazard. On that note, it’s best to pack the essentials with the weather and activities in mind.

A Checklist for Clothes and Accessories:

  • Undergarments
  • Socks/stockings
  • Sleepwear
  • T-shirts
  • Dress shirts
  • Casual shirts
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sweaters/sweatshirts
  • Formal wear
  • Swimsuits
  • Coats/jackets/rainwear
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry kit (soap, stain remover, dryer sheets)
  • Hiking/athletic shoes
  • Dress/dancing shoes
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Belts
  • Ties
  • Jewellery
  • Purses
  • Collapsible tote/laundry bags
  • Secure clothing (money belt, storage pouches, etc.)

A Checklist for Toiletries:

  • Soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Brush/comb
  • Hairstyling appliances
  • Face cleanser/moisturizer
  • Pain relievers
  • Vitamins
  • Mini-hangers
  • Sunscreen
  • Contact lenses/solution
  • Shaving supplies
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • Feminine-hygiene products
  • Birth control
  • Over-the-door toiletry/storage bag
  • Nail file/clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bandages
  • First-aid ointment
  • Insect repellent

A Checklist for Miscellaneous Items:

  • Office supplies (Post-Its, paper clips, rubber bands, envelopes, and a writing pad)
  • Nightlight
  • Outlet strip
  • Plug adaptor
  • Copies of passport/credit card/prescriptions
  • Emergency contacts
  • Credit-card/bank contacts

In Conclusion

Having a checklist on-hand when preparing for a cruise trip can make a world of difference in ensuring a smooth-sailing vacation. With proper preparations, you can enjoy fun-filled days and relaxing nights by the sea for the rest of the journey. 

Your Holidays is a Sydney-based travel agent that can organise your European cruises, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.