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Lux­eGet­aways asked sev­eral travel writers for their best tips when it comes to mak­ing the most of your cruise...

1. Pack­ing: Take less than you think you will need. Stick to a few solid col­ors and mix and match pieces. Scarves/wraps can dress up any­thing.

2. Ex­cur­sions: Re­search shore ex­cur­sions and sign up on­line im­me­di­ately if avail­able. Make note of any spe­cial hik­ing shoes, rain jacket, etc. that you will need. Do not feel lim­ited to the of­fered ex­cur­sions – some­times if the town is walk-able you can strike out on your own. Be sure to be back well be­fore de­par­ture, as they will not wait for you!

3. Avoid De­lays: Ar­rive a day or two be­fore your ship’s de­par­ture when­ever pos­si­ble. Jet lag, air­line de­lays, lost lug­gage and other cir­cum­stances on the day of your de­par­ture can ruin a trip.

4. Use A Travel Agency: Lux­ury cruises are a travel in­vest­ment. Some­times it is best to work with a travel agent so that they can rec­om­mend the best cruise line for you. In case any ar­range­ments go wrong, they are your ad­vo­cates. Look for a very low ra­tio of ship personnel to pas­sen­gers for ex­tra pam­per­ing.

5. What is in­cluded? Ask your travel agent, or re­search what is in­cluded in your fare. Wines and other al­co­holic bev­er­ages, tips, a pre­mium restau­rant visit, flights, pre-cruise ho­tel, and some shore ex­cur­sions could all be wrapped into your fare.

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