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Essential steps of pre-cruise preparation and packing

Getting ready for your Hawaiian adventure is almost as exciting as the journey itself! From planning your travel to the departure port and arranging accommodations, to cruise packing check-lists and completing online check-in, I’ve got you covered. My goal is to make your embarkation as smooth and stress-free as possible, so you can focus on the incredible experiences that await you.

  1. Pack Your Luggage: Start preparing a Cruise packing list based on the activities you plan to do on the cruise and organize the items you’ll need. Be sure to include essentials such as sunscreen, swimwear, and comfortable clothing. (Remember you can only use reef save sunscreen in Hawaii that you can find here)
  2. Complete Online Check-In: Some cruise lines offer online check-in, which can help streamline the embarkation process. Be sure to complete this step before your cruise to save time.
  3. Plan Your Arrival Time: Check your cruise documents for the recommended arrival time at the port. Arriving early can help you avoid long lines and ensure a smooth embarkation process.
  4. Review Cruise Documents: Take the time to review all the documents provided by the cruise line, including your boarding pass and any important information about your cruise. Make sure all remaining fees are paid at least a week before the cruise. This can cause huge first day issues for cruisers.
  5. Prepare Travel Documents: Ensure you have all the necessary travel documents, such as your passport, visa (if required), and any other identification required for your cruise. (Passports currently have a 8-12 week wait in some states)
  6. Arrange for Parking or Transportation: If you’re driving to the port, research parking options ahead of time and make arrangements if needed. If you’re using public transportation or a ride-sharing service, plan your route in advance. Make sure to bring cash with you to Hawaii for tips and smaller tours. The ATM fees on the ships are around $6.99 per transaction.
  7. Plan Your Departure: If you’re flying home after the cruise, consider booking a flight that departs later in the day to allow for any delays in debarkation and travel time to the airport. This also gives you time for half day tours!
  8. Double-Check Your Packing: Before you leave for your cruise, double-check your cruise packing list to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

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