After months of planning and preparing to take my grandbaby on her very first cruise, embarkation day is HERE! We packed our car and headed to New Orleans, LA to board Carnival Triumph in hopes of giving my baby a cruise that will last in her memory forever and instill the love of cruising in her heart.
The thing about first time cruisers, they ALWAYS have a million and one questions and my grandbaby definitely had her fair share of questions.
Embarkation day is that long (sometimes stressful) but exciting day because that’s the day your cruise vacation starts.
If you take precautions, you can eliminate some embarkation day stressors and instead focus more on the first drink you will have once you board the ship. To help you, here are 5 of my top tips for a smooth and stressfree embarkation day with kids.
Know when embarkation starts and ends. It’s important that you understand the window of time dedicated for cruisers to board the ship. This will help you plan your departure and travel time to the cruise port.
CHECK IN ONLINE and PRINT YOUR BOARDING PASS. I’m sorry to scream at you but this is such an important step. Take the time to check in before you leave home and print your boarding pass and health document. This will save you time and frustration at the port if you have your documents in hand and ready to show.
Pack a change of clothes or your child’s swimsuit in your carryon luggage. You will not receive your checked luggage for several hours after boarding the ship. This will help eliminate the whining or meltdowns about not having the luggage and can’t go swimming.
Tour the ship. Once on board, take time to walk the ship and get familiar with where everything is located. Don’t worry, the food line will still be there after you give yourself a tour of the ship.
Check in at the kids club. Look, the kids been up all day traveling and they are antsy. Take them to see the “exclusive club” just for them and their new friends for the week. This will excite the kids + you will know exactly where to drop them off and when. This is important…trust me on this one.
Bonus tip: turn your phone off or place in airplane mode. First, you are on vacation so don’t keep checking your phone like you do on a normal day plus the roaming international charges are no joke.
A little planning will help make the start of your cruise vacation on Carnival an enjoyable one instead of a stressful start.