It’s almost here! The holiday you’ve waiting for – a two-week cruise to your dream destination. The excitement has built up and now you’re only a week away from boarding that luxury liner and setting sail over the ocean blue. But there’s still plenty to get done before you actually head to your port of departure. With our ultimate cruise holiday countdown, you’ll be completely prepared for a holiday on the seas and confident you haven’t forgotten anything back home. Keep reading to learn how to prepare for a cruise without leaving anything to chance.

One week until sailing

One week prior to sailing is when you’ll need to locate all of your important travel documents. It’s wise to make photocopies of all of them too, including your passport, credit card information, drivers license and ticket confirmation. Save these as digital copies in case any of the originals are lost or stolen, while you’re overseas.

One week prior to sailing is also a good time to call your mobile phone provider and let them know that you’ll be travelling abroad. This way, you can clarify your billing plan so you aren’t hit with any unexpected roaming charges.

Five days until sailing

Five days before the big holiday is when you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your money in order. If you’re travelling within the UK, just go to the nearest cash point and make sure you have cash for any expenditures for your days at port, as well as tipping on the ship and any travel expenses for shore excursions.

If you’re travelling abroad, visit your bank or currency exchange to get your foreign cash notes. Also, make sure you call your bank provider and let them know of any overseas travel, so they can be prepared if you start spending money on your debit or credit card. You don’t want your card to be frozen!

Three days until sailing

Thee days prior to sailing is when you should start creating a packing checklist, if you haven’t already. Even if you’re not a list person, it’s a good idea to write down everything you think of that you’d like to bring on your cruise. You may also have some last minute items you need to purchase, so writing everything down will help you to not forget anything.

Once you’ve made your list, you can begin packing, making sure you’ve got everything you need by the night before your departure. Also consider making a separate list of those items you’ll still be using up until the beginning of the trip, including a toothbrush, glasses, phone charger and any medication that you need to pack.

One day until sailing

With only one day until sailing you should have all your bags packed, travel documents sorted, route to the airport or cruise port planned and be 100% ready for your adventure on the seas. The only thing you’ll have to do on your last day is make sure you get a decent nights sleep. You want to be well prepared for the holiday ahead, so get to bed early and sleep easy knowing your trip is just hours away.

Lastly, give yourself plenty of time in the morning for any last minute jobs before you cruise, like taking out the rubbish, clearing out your fridge and unplugging any major appliances to save on your electricity bill.

With all these tips your trip is sure to be a breeze! Enjoy your holiday out on the open waters and for more cruise information visit

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