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Travel Tips

General Information

  • The Cruise People, Ltd. suggests you consider arriving one day in advance before cruising. This allows you to begin your holiday more rested and relaxed. It also allows you time to tour the port of sailing. This will be an extra expense to you, but the cruise lines offer affordable pre-cruise packages. Some of the luxury cruise lines even include a pre-cruise accommodation package in the cruise fare.
  • Be aware that airlines enforce carry-on baggage regulations.  Check with your air carrier to see exactly what they are.
  • When checking luggage, make sure that the city shown on the tag placed on your bag at airport check in matches your destination.   Remove all old tags.
  • Do not put your home address on your baggage tags. Your home address will provide a person with ill-intent all the information they could possibly want to break into your home. If you are going on a holiday, that person would also know that you will likely be away for a week. You are welcome to use our office address. If your bags should go missing, we know where you will be, and we also can contact you on your trip to keep you informed.
  • An extra folded flight bag takes very little room, and it can be handy on your way home when you have more to carry than can be placed in your luggage. 
  • Lock your luggage if allowed to avoid accidental openings due to rough handling or cabin pressure and carry the keys on your person.
  • A growing number of airports use new high-powered x-ray equipment for luggage stored in airplane cargo holds.  These units could damage film and computer diskettes.  We recommend you transport film and diskettes in pockets or carry-on bags, which receive lower doses of x-rays.
  • We recommend that anyone who have ever been arrested and/or convicted of an offense apply for a visa. This is a helpful site for more infomation on this

Packing Tips

  • If two people are travelling together, each should carry a different credit card.  If one is lost, you'll still have a valid one.  Also, if the magnetic stripe malfunctions, you still have the other one to use.
  • Pack as set of clothes appropriate to the climate of your cruise departure. This way, you don't need to wait for your bags to arrive at your cabin. You may also want to include your bathing suit, that way you can dive right into your holiday!
  • Wear or carry your bulky clothes on the flight if possible, rather than packing them, to create extra space in your bag.
  • Pack heaviest items such as shoes, travel alarm, hairdryer, steamer and iron on the bottom of the suitcase where the hinges are.  They will stay in place, while their weight will prevent clothing from shifting.
  • Use luggage space wisely. Stuff hosiery into the toes of your shoes. To protect your shoes, wrap them in t-shirts if you don't have shoe bags. Roll sweatshirts and undergarments to fill space.   A full bag prevents the contents from sliding and wrinkling.  
  • Don't roll belts; place them just inside the walls of your bags, running around the circumference.   They take less room this way.
  • Co-ordinate your wardrobe around one or two basic colours. This will automatically eliminate many items of clothing. Separates are best because they can be mixed or matched.
  • Pack an outfit that doubles as exercise wear. Many travellers discover great programmes designed for all fitness levels. 
  • Don't pack too much. An old traveller's trick is to lay out everything you think you'll need, then consider packing half and returning the rest to your closet.
  • Minimize wrinkling by packing shirts buttoned. If possible, fold clothes at the waist and seam only.
  • Place plastic bags over clothes to minimize wrinkling. Keep each layer as flat and even as possible.
  • For silk shirts use large reclosable plastic food bags. This helps keep the shirts wrinkle free. Bring extra bags for packing wet bathing suits.
  • Pack some of your travelling companion's clothes in your bag and vice versa. In case one piece of luggage gets delayed, one person won't be left with absolutely nothing.
  • Make a list of the contents and carry it with you. You will need this to make a claim if your luggage is mislaid or stolen.
  • Be sure your baggage is clearly labelled inside and out. Remove old airline tags. Place  your name and telephone number in a prominent place on the outside and inside of each luggage piece.
  • Carry fragile or perishable items (including all medications) with you. Include at least a toothbrush in your carry-on bag.
  • Always carry valuables on your person, not in a purse, not in a flight bag.  The only other place is a safe deposit box at a hotel or on a ship.  Valuables include passport, return tickets, traveller's cheques, money, credit cards and essential medication.  It is not a good idea to take valuable jewelry on a holiday due to customs considerations..
  • Pack laundry soap for delicate articles. Dry cleaning is seldom available on ships.  Cabin staff will arrange laundry service on all but the shortest cruises.
  • Pack sample sizes of toiletry articles. Liquids travel best in plastic containers. Squeeze the air out of bottles before you fill them up and don't fill them to the top. Place the containers in plastic bags before you put them in your suitcase.
  • Unpack as soon as possible after you arrive on your ship or at your hotel.  This helps eliminate wrinkling... Pack and repack articles in the same order each time. During short stays, you'll be able to reach into your bags and find what you want without unpacking completely.  Remember, on a cruise you unpack and pack only once.
  • Be prepared for unusual weather. A July cold spell or a winter heat wave can happen. Layering your clothing is a good way to be prepared because layers can be added or removed.

 

Airport security tips

Airport Guidelines

  • Arrive at the airport up to three hours before departure. Carry valid identification at all times. A second photo identification may be required at some airports.
  • Reconfirm, if possible,  your flight directly with the airline 24 to 48 hours prior to departure.
  • Be aware that there may be special parking and unloading restrictions. Some airports may have eliminated curbside check-in.
  • Take only those items truly necessary for the trip. Once at the airport, be prepared to have your belongings searched by security personnel. Laptop computers and other electronic devices might require additional time to clear security.
  • Again, always be certain that all your luggage, both checked and carry-on, is tagged with your passenger name. Identification should be placed on both the outside and inside of each piece of luggage.
  • When waiting in line or sitting in the airport (or anywhere else, for that matter), always have the strap to your carry-on luggage wrapped around an arm or leg.  Then it won't disappear without your knowledge.  Even straddle your large bags or have them touching your leg so you will know if they are moved.
  • Never leave luggage unattended or under the watch of a stranger.
  • Do not accept any item from a stranger or carry any package with unknown contents.
  • Upon arrival at your destination, go immediately to the baggage-claim area to pick up your luggage. Have the claim stubs available.   If you're cruising, the cruise lines will generally do this for you.

 

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