10 Tips to Help You Plan Your Cruise Vacation

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Ready to see the world from your doorstep? Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or a seasoned pro, Holland America Line is here to help you plan your cruise vacation. Here are some quick tips to help you get started:

1. Find a destination that excites you.
Whether it’s Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe or another cruise destination, there are plenty of places to explore. Consider when and where you want your journey to begin, and then check out cruise itineraries from there.

2. Connect with a Personal Cruise Consultant at Holland America Line.
As members of the team, Personal Cruise Consultants have unique expertise on the Holland America Line experience and in-depth knowledge about destinations around the world. They’re here to help you plan every detail of your cruise at no extra cost to you, as this is a complimentary service for guests.

3. Make the most of special offers.
Explore available cruise deals to help you make a great vacation even greater. Whether you’re planning ahead or looking for last-minute offers, Holland America Line looks forward to welcoming you aboard.

4. Book shore excursions early.
From wildlife encounters in Alaska to horseback riding in Half Moon Cay, there are plenty of shore excursions to choose from at each destination. Spots fill up quickly for many activities, so book early.

5. Ensure you have the necessary travel documents.
All guests must have the required documentation to embark and disembark throughout the voyage. For smooth sailing, make sure you review and comply with all identification requirements.

6. Pack for your cruise.
From passports and medications to your favorite flip-flops, packing your essentials is an important part of cruise preparation. Remember to keep essentials – like medications and identification documents – in a carry-on bag. Also, check the weather forecast for your trip to ensure you pack accordingly.

7. Download the Navigator® App.
Holland America Line’s Navigator® App is your essential cruise companion. This free mobile-friendly tool helps you personalize your cruise experience once you’re on the ship by planning your daily activities, browsing and purchasing available shore excursions, viewing restaurant menus, making dining reservations, checking your account balance and more.

8. Explore the ship.
Once you’re on board and have completed some basic safety essentials, take a self-guided tour of the ship. This will help you become familiar with your home away from home for the duration of the cruise.

9. Kick back and relax.
Grab a good book. Find a refreshing drink or tasty treat. Book a massage at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon.® Kick back and relax. After all, you’re on vacation.

10. Explore where you would like to cruise next.
Though it’s sad when we near the end of our vacations, the best part of planning is getting excited about the next one. Visit Holland America Line to learn more about the many destinations you can explore or contact a Personal Cruise Consultant to begin planning your cruise adventure.

Ready to start planning your ultimate cruise vacation? What destination excites you the most? Share in the comments below.


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