The American author Mark Twain once said “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
While Twain’s words apply as much to traveling adventures as to all of life, sometimes what you actually need is to sail the high seas. Going on a cruise can be a fantastic and memorable experience. In recent years, more and more of our guests at Kendirita have opted for a cruise as a way to celebrate important milestones such as weddings, honeymoons, significant birthdays, or retirement.
A cruise experience is quite relaxing and can be crucial as a form of self-care particularly at the end of a taxing work/business year.
To ensure you have a smooth and enjoyable trip, there are several things you should know and consider before embarking on your cruise adventure.
In this article, we will guide you through preparing for a smooth cruise and help you make the most of your experience at sea.
Research the Cruise Line
Different cruise lines offer various experiences. Some cater to families, while others are more adult-focused. It is important then that you research the cruise line’s reputation, the type of travelers it attracts, and the amenities and services it offers.
For instance, if you are traveling with children or pets, your research will inform you of which cruise lines cater to their unique needs.
You may, at the very least, expect a cruise ship to provide food, accommodations, daytime and evening entertainment as well as transportation between destinations. But many ships go above and beyond to offer services such as spa and fitness, laundry, haircuts, and even professional photography depending on your package.
Itinerary and Ports
It’s important that you understand your cruise itinerary. Know the ports of call, the duration of your stay in each, and the excursions available. Cruise ships journey to captivating ports of call worldwide, from the tropical paradises of the Caribbean to the historical wonders of the Mediterranean.
Doing proper research on the destinations will help you determine whether there are any must-see attractions. Remember, some shore excursions are booked up quickly, so planning in advance can be a game-changer. At Kendirita, we have done all the research beforehand, we are familiar with the destinations that should not be missed, and we gladly provide this information to our clients as we book your cruise.
Travel Documents and Insurance
Before embarking on your cruise, you should have all the necessary travel documents, including your passport, visa (if required), and any other identification or health documents. Check the expiration dates to make sure they are valid throughout your trip.
Consider also purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself against unexpected cancellations, medical emergencies, or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Cruise ships have a significant environmental impact due to their size and the resources they consume. However, more cruise lines are adopting technologies and policies that aim at reducing their carbon footprint. Some of these measures include emission control systems, slower speeds to reduce fuel consumption, renewal energy solutions, and water efficiency.
We encourage all our clients to be mindful of environmental practices on the ship while sailing. Ensure you dispose of waste properly and respect the environment during shore excursions. The government of Kenya has also joined the world in the use of low-emission and electric vehicles for transportation to help reduce air pollution in port areas.
Cruising is a passport to paradise, an opportunity to explore the world’s treasures while enjoying the luxuries of a floating resort. So, as you set sail on your next cruise adventure, keep these tips close at hand, and make every moment aboard ship and on land an experience you can treasure forever. Bon voyage!
Writer: Winnie Wekesa