What I am sharing with you is from the experiences that Phil and I have had traveling.
*Once you have decided on the trip, make a checklist of everything you need to do. From passports, to travel insurance to registering with smart traveler. Passports should be at the top of the list because they will be the longest to get back if you are getting your first one or just renewing.
*This trip is a domestic one so passports are not needed. Photo Id is enough so Phil has his driver’s license and since I don’t drive, but I have a proof of age card.
*Travel insurance – We looked at alot of policies. Comparing prices and for how long we would be gone. We chose Qantas travel insurance. Basic policy, we got a quote which is always good. You need to read the fine print through in what they cover and such. I also took out a baggage policy, which was separate but we were fine making that choice. We hold Qantas frequent flyer cards and we got a good deal and you get points also for making the purchases.
*Take time to read about the ship that your going on to get familiar with it. We also looked up on You Tube. With the 3 day cruise we are taking there is a formal night. So we have packed a gown for me and a suit for Phil. Most of the food is included in the cost. For us there is one restaurant which will cost extra if we decide to go. Some cruise lines have drink packages. Carnival have the bottomless bubbles. We figured out for 2 of us for 3 days it will cost us 50.00(australian dollars) (7.50 per day) Our only cost should be alcohol.
*Medication – this is a biggie and you need to spend a bit of time here. We taking just enough to cover our days plus a bit extra. The doctor said we didn’t need a letter listing our medication since it’s a short domestic trip but if it had been overseas, she would’ve written it. Put your meds pouch or whatever your packing them in, in your carry on. If you put them in checked baggage you will most likely lose them. Pack unopened boxes or pouches.
*Carry On Luggage – In this bag you want the bare necessities. Swim wear, sunscreen, fresh change of clothes. Your main suitcases won’t get delivered til later after you have set sail. My makeup bag in this case with tooth brushes. (so you can freshen up after getting settled.) Camera’s and charging stuff is also good to put in this bag. Don’t forget your sunglasses. extra memory cards for camera’s and phones.
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