Tools for Your Next Great Adventure
When it comes to cruise planning there is nothing more helpful than a handy-dandy list of travel resources. Some of these links to travel resources might come in very handy if you are going on your next great adventure.
Planning Your Cruise
Know the Code: Stateroom Cruise Lingo
Trying to sort out what cabin to call home? Make sure to watch my YouTube video and get a feel for how to Pick Your Stateroom for your next cruise vacation. And don’t worry, this video features Princess Cruises, but the basics apply to all cruise lines.
Cabin: your room on a cruise ship (also called a stateroom).
Category: the price level of a cabin determined by factors like location, size, and amenities.
Types of staterooms can include:
- Inside (no window)
- Outside (small window)
- Balcony (a cabin with a verandah that you can stand or sit on)
- Suite (check out this flyer for all the amenities
Cruise Ship Dining
Cruise ships offer a variety of dining options. In fact, depending on the size of the ship, there could be more than 20 dining options available like on the supersized megaships. Traditionally meals are served in the dining room, but with more ships and consumer demand for variety, don’t be surprised to see buffets, specialty restaurants, room service, coffee bars, beachside BBQs, as well as sushi bars, teppanyaki grills, and, of course, my favorite, dining al fresco on hot rocks.
Our friends at Cruise1st.com.au put together a fun roundup of eateries on the ships. Make sure to read Cruise Enthusiasts Share Their Favourite Onboard Dining Experiences to discover more sumptuous offerings to help plan where to dine on your next cruise.
Packing for your cruise
Each cruise line has its own vibe and in general, the passenger mix will most likely reflect the style of the brand. What that means is that on some ships like Silversea or Crystal Cruises, you won’t see passengers walking around on the open decks in cut off shorts and bikinis at 8:00 at night. However, with that said, since Oceania pioneered the concept of country-club casual most ships sport a more relaxed dress code compared to the old days of cruising when it was black tie and ball gowns every night in the formal dining room. Take a look at our Cruise Packing List to get ideas about what to pack for your next great adventure.
Immigration, Flying Resources and staying Healthy
- Duty-Free Limitations
- Foreign Entry Requirements
- Government – Passport Services & Information
- International Health & Vaccination – CDC
- National Center for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- National Weather Service
- State Dept. Travel Warnings
- Tourism Worldwide Directory
- US Dept of State
- US Dept of State Travel Advisories
- US Dept of State, Bureau of Consular
- US Dept of State, Visa Information
- TSA Information
- TSA Pre-Check Information