Cruising Part One: Cruise Ship Embarkment
Cross Mediterranean cruise OFF the bucket list!
We didn't find a lot of information on cruising that was useful-at least for families, so I thought I'd share with you a few things we learned.
I'll try to break it into sections for easier reading. I'll be covering Cruise Embarkement, Cruising-Part One, Cruising-Part Two, and Disembarkment.
First off-Cruise Embarkement
The cruise company that we went on is MSC cruises. Here is their website.
The cruise we went on was one of the first of it's kind, meaning that even our travel agent hadn't seen a cruise that went to the locations we did.
If you wanted to find it again, you cannot get to it from the English MSC website. You'd have to go to the German MSC website, located here.
Our cruise went to:
Here is the easy breakdown of our initial cruise embarkment, but continue reading for more details:
-Cut and place luggage tags from boarding passes onto your luggage
-Arrive at port
-Cruise employees will take your luggage and place it on the ship for you
-Walk down the port to the boarding station/building
-Enter boarding station:
-boarding line, where you wait to get your passport and boarding pass verified
-waiting area/boarding group
-security check point
-cruise ship security check point
-finding your room/getting your luggage/obtaining your cruise card
-registering cruise card-Once you get your cruise card, you have to register a form of payment with it. I'll describe more about this on the next segment of my cruise blog posts. Stay tuned.
When you embark to get to the cruise ship, it's similar to getting onto an airplane.
We arrived with all of our luggage (each family member was allotted one large suitcase-visit the MSC website for luggage guidance) at the end of the docking port. MSC cruise employees collected our suitcases and placed our luggage tags on them for us. The luggage tags came with our boarding passes and we noticed other people had laminated their luggage tags and already placed them onto their luggage. We had never gone on a cruise before, so we had not had that ingenious idea.
Here is one of our four luggage tags
that was printed on the bottom of each persons boarding pass.
Once through security, you'll walk outside of the doors to the embarkment bridge and onto the cruise ship.
|After security, on our way to the embarkment bridge|
|Security taking passenger's photos as you arrive to the ship.|
In your room, you'll find a daily newsletter and your cruise cards. Each member of your party gets their own card.
This cruise card will tell you everything you need to know. Ours says 'Aurea' which meant that we had priority everything and that our drink package was included. When you purchase your tickets, you have drink package options to chose from as well. We are not big drinkers, but wanted to have bottled water and soda available-it was a great choice for us, because their cappuccinos were great and I fully indulged in those. The 'Assembly Station' is where you go if there is an emergency and you need to evacuate the ship. 12065 was our room number and it was located on Deck 12. We did not pay for the 'internet package', but our card came with an Internet ID in case we decided to purchase the Internet during the cruise. The cruise ship was called MSC POESIA and the cruise lasted from April 2-8. Dining times are assigned and the first seating is at 1830 and the second seating is at 1930. Due to our 'aurea' status, we could eat at either dining times='My Choice Dining'. The card comes with a barcode on it. Remember when I mentioned that when you arrive on the ship, initially, that your picture gets taken? Well, whenever you get on or off the boat you have to provide this card to security, who then scans the barcode. When security scans your card, your picture pops up on a screen so they can verify that you are actually you. It was also their way of getting a head count and knowing who is on or off the boat. Pretty amazingly efficient, right?
To read more on Cruising-Part One, click Here.
To read more on Cruising-Part Two, click Here.
To read about Disembarkment, click Here.
***these posts are coming available over the next few weeks. Stay tuned...***