I’m what you can consider to be a veteran cruiser. I’ve been on cruises at all times of the year on different cruise lines: from Disney Cruises when I was a young teen, to Royal Caribbean, and even for last New Years Eve on Norwegian. I’ve put together a list of ten things new cruisers might not remember, or know to bring, to get ready for the biggest live country event to ever set sail.
The Blake Shelton Cruise embarks from Miami for a 7-night party with some of country music’s rowdiest, and biggest, fans on October 14th to the 21st this year. Blake will perform twice on the cruise, with so many special guests performing that I can’t even list them all! If you mention Keepin’ it Country when you book your new reservation you’ll qualify for a free gift from us on-board! What’s better than a free gift? For more information, and to book your cabin now, visit blakesheltoncruise.com.
Here’s ten things every Blake Shelton Cruiser should know before heading off to Miami:
10. Bring half the clothes you planned… and double the money. With awesome stops at the islands you’ll be bringing home more than you planned to! Not to mention the shopping on-board and other fun activities you won’t be able to resist. As well, you’ll be leaving from, and returning to, Miami so the party starts even before you board! At most ports you can barter the prices of anything you buy… but you’ll want the cash! And, yes, American money is used at each stop.
9. Remember all your documents before you get to the pier! That means your passport, reservation number, and credit card. The ship will not wait for you if you have to go back to find it somewhere. This counts for the islands too.. get back before the time you’re told or risk getting left behind! The captain will rarely wait for late passengers as he will have to catch up by using more fuel to stay on schedule to get to the next stop on-time. Make sure you stick to ship time and remember when you need to be back by… or watch the party sail away without you! You’ll have to meet up with the ship at the next port on your own cost.
8. Don’t forget your bathing suit! Unless your bathing suit is a Speedo, then please forget that. Please.
7. Bring only one credit card with you. You will only need cash on the islands as the ship will charge everything on to your room key card, which is attached to your credit card account. You can stop by the guest services desk on the ship to put an on-board spending limit on your account if you want to make sure you don’t go over a certain amount! You can keep track of how much you’re spending on the ship right from your television, or stop by the guest services desk for a paper print-out of your spending. Make sure to call your credit card company and let them know you’re traveling or risk them freezing your account for “suspicious activity.” That would be a bummer.
6. If you’re only going to go up one or two decks, use the stairs if you can. The elevators can sometimes be a little wait during peak times, and it’s usually faster to just climb up or down the stairs if you’re only going up or down one or two decks. You’ll also miss out on the interesting decor at every stairwell if you take the elevator.
5. Don’t sleep too much! You’ll miss out on all the fun activities, concerts, and surprise appearances taking place all over the ship. There will be question and answer sessions with stars, concerts, games, and activities going through the day and night. You can catch up on your sleep on your flight back home, so don’t miss out!
4. Make sure to bring an extra camera or SD card! You don’t want to miss out on the beautiful scenery on the islands after using all your camera’s memory card on the performances on-board! Yes, you will see the biggest live country music event to ever set sail but you’ll also be going to unique ports you may not see otherwise. Make sure to keep room for those unexpected moments on the islands AND on-board the ship!
3. Don’t pack the outfit you want to wear to dinner on your first night! Sometimes it takes a while to get your luggage delivered to your stateroom, so bring a carry-on of what you’ll need the first day or immediately after you board. You will get your luggage the first night, but rarely may not be until after dinner. You can’t wear shorts or bathing suits inside the main dining room, so make sure you have something you can wear! If you’re planning on hitting the hot tubs or pool right when you board, then bring your bathing suit on with you, or wear it underneath your clothes.
2. Find a spot on the sun deck early if you plan on sitting in the sun! If you want to take it easy one day and just catch some rays, deck chairs can be pretty hard to find later in the day as your fellow cruisers and country music fans wake up. Make sure you get out early to get your spot, but don’t be a “chair hog!”. A chair hog is someone who leaves their towel and doesn’t come back for a few hours later. It’s not uncommon to be without a chair if you don’t try looking for one until later in the day, especially if you want to find a few together to relax with your friends. Make sure you get out on the deck early and relax.
1. Most importantly… do things your way! The best part about cruising is that you’re on your own schedule. You don’t have to do everything that’s going on all the time, and you don’t even need to leave the ship if you don’t want to at ports! It’s your vacation, so do what you want to do and remember to HAVE FUN! Don’t be upset if you can’t fit everything into your day.. there’s plenty more to do, or not to do, every night!