Things to Know

Arriving well-prepared for your European cruise allows you the freedom to enjoy your cruise without worry or disappointment. Plan to renew or apply for your passport at least six weeks prior to departure. Check the materials for your European cruise for advice about any travel Visas that may be required for ports of call.

Passport and travel guides

Before you leave on your European cruise, make a photocopy of your itinerary and contact information for a friend or family member, so that you can easily be reached in case of an emergency. In case of theft, make two photocopies of all of your identification and the front and back of your credit cards. Leave one copy at home and store the second copy in your cabin’s safe, or in the ship’s safe.

Take a few moments to learn about some of the local customs at the ports of call on your itinerary. It is important to be respectful of the locals at each port, and you will find it much easier to get around if you observe their customs while visiting their city. You can learn more about each port on the Internet, or ask the cruise ship to provide you with information. While onboard, you can also ask a crew member, or it may even be included in your daily cruise bulletin.

When packing for your European cruise, be aware of any luggage size or quantity rules, which should be detailed in your cruise materials. If you forget something, chances are it can be purchased onboard. Here is a list of the basics to pack for any European cruise:

  • Current passport
  • Visas, if needed at ports of call
  • Cruise materials, including customs form, tickets and luggage tags
  • Photo ID
  • Cash for drinks, taxis and shore excursion expenses
  • Credit cards for settling your ship tab, including spa treatments, some store purchases and even tipping
  • Some local currency for each port
  • Climate appropriate attire
  • Formal attire for at least three evenings
  • Appropriate attire for houses of worship, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and scarves for women to cover their heads.
  • Prescription drugs, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Emergency contact information and a copy of your living will
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Language dictionary to speak a few words to locals as a courtesy