Continuing last week's tips on cruising vacations: You've done your due diligence so far as the line, the ship and your cabin location; now it's time for more pressing chores as you count off the days.
They're also harsh about water bottles, too. On our Princess vacation, I bought a water/soft drink package to avoid paying for individual Cokes. Imagine my annoyance before departure to discover this "package" only included glasses of water. The only bottles I could buy were the big ones that cost an arm and a leg found in the cabin's little fridge. Obviously, I didn't intend to go on shore excursions or stroll the decks with a 64-ouncer hanging from both hands. I promptly visited the purser and demanded a credit for the "package."
Once, when going from Chattanooga to Atlanta to catch a connecting flight to our destination port, our plane never arrived. Remember, just one glitch can wreck a long-awaited vacation. Don't wait until the day of — play it safe and arrive at the port the day before. Hey, you may even have enough time to enjoy a bit of sightseeing before boarding.
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