You are about to embark on your onshore excursion. There are a few things to remember in addition to your sunscreen and sunglasses. Most of your preparation should have already taken place, but there are a few notes to consider, or items NOT to do to make the most of your fun day on shore. Here is our list of Things NOT To Do On Your Onshore Excursions to make your day the most enjoyable.
Don’t Dress Inappropriately
Do your research ahead of time to find out how to dress for the experience. Are you walking a lot, wear your sneakers. Limit your jewelry if you are going to be active to prevent damage or loss of precious keepsakes. Going to be wet, make sure that you pack a towel or change of clothes if needed to make the travel back more comfortable.
Don’t Forget The Necessities
Your day will be a full six to eight hours away from your stateroom, so make sure you bring the necessities. Sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks, and insect repellent fit nicely into a backpack or shoulder bag. Depending on your activity, a small first aid kit might be a good idea as well.
Don’t Bring Your Passport
Unless required by your tour company, leave your passport in your stateroom safe. Be sure to bring a picture ID of some sort, but don’t risk losing your passport while on a zip line high above the tropics. One exception is if you want your passport stamped at your port of call. If you do choose to bring your passport, be sure it is kept safe and dry.
Don’t Bring Loads of Cash
We are not saying to not bring any cash at all, but don’t bring an excessive amount of cash. Having a minimal amount of cash and a credit card has proven to be the best option. Most vendors have the ability to run credit cards so if you find that “got to have” item that is more than the cash you have on hand, you can still bring back a piece of paradise home.
Don’t Go Onshore “Blind”
If you are booking your excursion through a private company, be sure to do your research before you go. Make sure you know what time you have to be back on board and communicate that with the tour operator. This is a great time to research the city, the culture, your surroundings, common language, and local food. If the locals do not speak your language, it is a good time to learn a few phrases to help you get around.
Don’t Shrug Off Safety Warnings
Each excursion guide is require to provide a safety briefing before your fun begins. Many excursions could result in injury if the rules are not followed; diving, ATV and horseback riding for example. By not paying attention to the safety warnings and rules could result in injury of yourself or others. So listen closely.
Don’t Be Late
Be considerate to others and be on time. If you lag behind on the excursion, that will make others late as well. Being late on a private excursion could hold up the entire ship from its departure. Be courteous to others if you are given a set time to be back at a meeting point. Remember that you would not want to wait for others, and they don’t want to wait for you either.
Don’t Over-Extend Yourself
Many excursions you will do things that are likely outside of your normal range of daily activities. It will be easy to over-exert yourself. Pushing yourself too hard can result in injury and ruin the rest of your cruise vacation.
Don’t Lose Track of Time
Nothing will ruin your vacation as much as being left at a port because you lost track of time and missed embarkation from your port of call. Keep a close eye on your watch, your alcohol intake, and the time it takes you to get back to the cruise ship. You don’t want to miss your ship, or you don’t want to be the last one onboard. If your port of call requires tender service, you will want to give yourself extra time to allow proper return to the ship.