4. Ensure you have necessary travel documents (e.g., passports).
All guests must have required identification to board and disembark throughout the voyage. If you arrive without it, you may not board the ship and you won’t be entitled to a refund. For smooth sailing, make sure you review and comply with all identification requirements.
5. Pack for your voyage.
From passports and medications to your favorite flip-flops, packing your essentials is an important part of cruise preparation. Remember your checked baggage won’t be available at all times, so keep essentials in a carry-on bag. That includes medications and identification documents.
Also, check out the weather forecast for your trip to ensure you bring attire that will help you stay cool or warm, based on your destination. Though casual attire is appropriate during the day, evening attire for the dining room (or table service restaurants) may include dresses and slacks (not shorts and jeans). Learn more
6. Download the Navigator app.
Watch these how-to videos for information about Holland America Line’s Navigator app, your essential cruise companion. Using this free mobile-friendly tool, you can 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.
7. Consider arriving a day early.
Whether you live near the departure port or require air travel to get there, arriving the day before embarkation may put your mind at ease knowing you’re just a few miles and hours away from having the time of your life.
8. Explore the ship.
Revel in spacious staterooms, breathe in expansive views and relax in easy elegance. Though you can learn more about your ship before you cruise, there’s nothing like exploring it in person. After you complete the required short safety drill on your first day, take a self-guided tour of the ship. This will help you become familiar with your home away from home for the duration of your trip.
9. Kick back and relax.
Grab a good book. Find a tasty drink or treat. Book a massage at our Greenhouse Spa & Salon.® Whatever helps you get into vacation mode, once you’re settled onboard, you can take a deep breath and begin making unforgettable memories.