In another episode of 60-Second Cruise Tips, Gary Bembridge,
author of "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook", "Essential Cruise Tips" and "River Cruising Essential Tips and Tricks"
shares another cruise tip. This time it is:
How to avoid missing the ship in Port
Watching your ship head off into the distance standing on the quay
in a foreign port is a vacation experience you should avoid. Though
it does happen.
Here is how to ensure you do not get into that situation, and what
to do if you do:
- Make 100% sure you know the all aboard time. This is the latest
time you have to be back on the ship. Double check as it is often
different by port.
- Go on cruise line excursions, as the ship will always wait for
these to return - even if delayed.
- If you self-tour then before you do so check with the excursion
team the best travel arrangements to get back to the ship, and
build in extra time for traffic delays or incidents.
- If you go on a tour with an independent provider, make sure
they include a guarantee to get you back to the ship on time and
will make all the arrangements and cover the cost to meet up with
the ship at the next port off they do not.
- Take the daily program with you, or take a photo of the contact
details of the local agent details on your SmartPhone. This is who
you contact if you are running late or have any issues.
- Take identification and a credit card with you when off the
ship. This enables you to make and pay for arrangements if you need
The safest way to avoid missing the ship is to stick with cruise
line excursions, but do not let the fear of missing the ship get in
the way of seeing a destination how you would like to.
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