Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What to Expect: Cruise Embarkation Day

Smile for the birdie--an embarkation photo op
Once the planning, packing, and anticipation are behind them, veteran cruise passengers sometimes view embarkation day as anticlimactic. However, for first-time cruise travelers, embarking on their first ship can be more than exhilarating—it can be downright intimidating. What exactly can you expect?

First of all, keep in mind that your embarkation day cannot officially begin until the ship is clear of departing guests and their luggage. Then the process of loading stores and embarking passengers' luggage begins.

The vessel's entire turn-around procedure is as carefully choreographed as the most intricate ballet and can be confusing for a first-time passenger. Finally, it's your turn to board. What then?

Cruise Diva shares What to Expect On Day One of A Cruise.

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