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What to Do After Booking Your Cruise

Tony Cavallaro

Aug. 2, 2023

What to Do After Booking Your Cruise

Congratulations! You've taken the first exciting step in planning your dream cruise with Embark Cruises! Now that you are officially booked, it's time to start preparing for an unforgettable journey. Here are some essential steps to take after booking your cruise:

1. Register with the Cruise Line Website or App

Once you've made your reservation, it's essential to register with the cruise line's website or app. This step allows you to access important information about your upcoming cruise, including itinerary details, onboard activities, and more. Many cruise lines now also require you to check in using their app or website, so having an account in advance will make this process easier. You can even use the app once onboard to see the daily schedule of activites and make reservations for shows and dining.

2. Research Onboard Add-ons and Excursions

Enhance your cruise experience by researching the onboard add-ons and excursions available. From spa treatments and specialty dining to shore excursions at your scheduled ports of call, the cruise line offers a range of activities to cater to different interests. Early planning allows you to secure popular options and, in some cases, take advantage of pre-booking discounts. Exploring the onboard amenities and excursions beforehand builds excitement and anticipation for the adventure that awaits you.

3. Purchase Travel Insurance

While cruises are designed for fun and relaxation, unexpected situations can still arise. That's why purchasing travel insurance is a wise decision. Travel insurance provides financial protection against trip cancellations, delays, medical emergencies, and lost or delayed baggage. It offers peace of mind, knowing that you're covered in case of unforeseen events that could otherwise lead to costly disruptions in your travel plans. Visit our Travel Insurance marketplace to find the right policy for your needs!

4. Plan Your Pre-Cruise Accommodations

If your cruise departs from a city other than your hometown, consider arriving a day or two early to explore the departure port city and prevent any last-minute travel disruptions. Booking pre-cruise accommodations in advance ensures a smooth start to your journey, as well as the opportunity to discover exciting local attractions before boarding the ship. Check with your travel advisor to see if flights or pre-cruise hotel stays are available to bundle as part of your existing cruise reservation.

5. Join Your Cruise Line's Loyalty Program

Whether this is your first cruise ever, first time sailing with a particular cruise line, or you are a seasoned cruiser, make sure you are taking advantage of your cruise line's loyalty program. Many cruise lines offer discounts for repeat guests, and you can start accumulating points toward those discounts on your very first cruise! Check out your cruise line's website to find out how to register. Once you have your membership number, be sure to provide it to your travel advisor to add your reservation to make sure you start earning points.

6. Check Your Documents

Now is a good time to check your immigration documents to make sure you meet the requirements set out by the cruise line and the governments of the ports you'll be visiting. Make sure you have all the proper documentation and be sure to check the expiration dates of your passport, if required to travel with one.

By following these steps after booking your cruise with Embark Cruises, you'll set the stage for an incredible and stress-free vacation experience. Remember, the more you prepare in advance, the more you can fully immerse yourself in the magic of your cruise adventure. Bon voyage!

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