Embarkation Day for your cruise is exciting and can be a little hectic. Here are my top 5 tips for Embarkation Day.
Bring your patience. As mentioned, embarkation can be hectic because of the amount of people boarding the ship at the same time. Just remember, you are getting on a cruise ship and not in line at the post office.
Take a tour. Walk around the ship and get to know it. You can usually grab a map at guest services plus there are maps by the elevators and just explore. You will be amazed what you might find. Also, if you are interested in the Spa, they will offer tours of the spa on embarkation day. For those who like to vlog like me, if you want video of the spa, this is the only time you can do it.
Food. Once you are on board, lunch will be served in multiple places. Most ships will have the Lido Deck Buffet but some will also have additional venues for lunch that will be less crowded. For example, on some Royal Caribbean ships, the Park Cafe is open and on Carnival pizza or Guys Burgers.
Unpacking. Once your luggage has arrived at your cabin, unpack and get organized. If you pack using Packing Cubes, it should not take long and you won't have that dread waiting on you.
Muster Drill. Every cruise line will have a safety briefing prior to leaving port and this is MANDATORY. Check the back of the door in your cabin for your location and when the instructions are given, head to your station. They usually only last about 30 minutes. Usually about 30 minutes before muster, all the restaurants and bars shut down.