The only TWO THINGS you need to know before you cruise.

There is a lot of information out there. Some of it is even right. Forums like this exist to provide information to those who need it, from those who have experience. That's a good thing, for the most part. Everyone wants to have a great cruise experience, and they think, in order to have the best experience possible, they have to have all the info they can gather. That, is a mistake. In order to have a great cruise, you need to know only two things. TWO ! Some of you are asking how this is possible with huge ships you have to know cabin locations, dining times, etc...No you don't. Not yet. What about how and what to pack ? Nope. You'll make mistakes regardless of the information you have. No one is the perfect packer.

Here are the two things you absolutely need to know before your cruise:

1) what time do you need to be at the port

2) what port does your ship leave from

thats it ! Those two bits of info are the two most important things you need. Now, I am assuming you know about passports and travel documents. But, if you mess up on either of the other two, it's all over. And if you think people don't fly into Miami, when their ship leaves from Ft. Lauderdale because they booked it wrong, you are fooling yourself. We met someone that did that very thing. They realized their error when the hotel didn't have their booking, but found it in the database.

Thats it ! If you can get those two things right, you'll have a great cruise. Everything else, you'll learn as you go. Believe me, you won't have to sleep on deck because you couldn't find your cabin, and you won't starve either.

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Sound advice! After the proper documentation everything is just incidental. I do fly into FLL for a cruise out of Miami, but I do it on purpose.Wink

Well ok then, lets shut down Happy

'Well that seems a bit drastic. My point was, a lot of the research people do is pointless. If you can get to the correct port, and on time, everything else will reveal itself.

Yes, I understood your points. Yes it is true. Just relax and don't over think the trip.

I'm the type of person who needs to know details, lots of details ahead of time. I read the cruise contract, FAQ's, check out room location before booking the cruise, see the deck plans, research the ports etc. That way I feel in my comfort zone and ready to enjoy and totally relax on my vacation.

I thought the two things were:

1) Who is the Cruise Director?

2) Are shorts allowed in the MDR?

Big Smile

Two necessary items;

-- when to take sea-sick pills (never mind - she is already heaving in the head)

-- I wonder if I still have that seafood allergy from when I was six years old (oh my, now I am heaving)

My 2 things , name of the ship and the cost of the cruise

These are certainly two things that you absolutely must know for your cruise. But other things are important too like remembering to bring your passport.

Glad that you still had a great cruise, despite the mishaps! Chan left his passport and carry on bag last year in the terminal, found it at the TSA desk. Awesome that you are ready for another cruise! Brian


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