Three months still feels like a long way to go before you can set sail. But while you wait, here's what you should be focusing on at this stage in your pre-cruising timeline.
- Check if the countries you're visiting have any vaccination requirements. You can check for this on the Center for Disease Control or World Health Organization websites.
- Have you done your research on Zika virus? Learn some quick facts about the illness and tips to better protect yourself while cruising.
- Review a packing list for your destinations and determine if there’s anything season-specific you might need to purchase in advance.
- Make sure you have the right luggage! Now's the time to repair or purchase your bags. Here are some of our favorite cruise-friendly luggage.
- If your children aren't cruising with you, start securing childcare for them.
- If you need to arrange pet boarding, now's the time to make arrangements for them, too. If you're traveling during a busy month (like a major holiday), making these arrangements early is key.
If your cruise line allows online reservations, now's the time to start reserving your dining. They will typically start allowing you to make reservations on their website up to 90 days before your cruise.
Finalize your chosen shore excursions. Now that you've done the research, start booking. Doing so 3 months in advance gives you a better chance of securing a reservation before spots are filled.