Here Are Some
Great Travel Tips
Taking a Cruise?
Please Note The Following:
- Departing passengers should arrive at the dock at least an hour before. The dock porter will carry your bags on to the ship for placement by the cabin steward. He will expect a tip of $2.00 per bag.
- Cabin Stewards should be tipped $4.00 per day of your trip.
- When passage is confirmed, you should immediately book a dining room table with the purser. There are usually two seatings early and late. Be sure to dress for dinner in your most becoming dress. You never know who else may be traveling alone and you want to look your best.
- Be sure to stroll around ship with a confident expression, and be cautious about telling fellow passengers you’re alone.
- Never leave your money in your cabin. Keep it with you or put it in the ship’s safety deposit boxes.
- Be sure to try and make friends on the cruise. But if you don’t like the company at your table, (which is pre-assigned), request a table change.
- Don’t go ashore alone. If you have failed to hook up with some fellow souls, ask the purser on the ship to help point out those passengers who you can tag along with.
Staying At The Hotel:
- Upon arrival at the hotel, the doorman should unload your luggage and see that it gets safely into the hotel lobby near the registration desk. For this he should be tipped no less than $2.00, and more if there’s a lot of luggage. The bellman is tipped $2.00 for the first piece of luggage and $1.00 for each additional piece.
- The Concierge receives no tip for nominal service, i.e., directions. But for making reservations, the tip should be at least $5.00. Tickets to a prized show, $10.00 or more, Remember, the concierge at a hotel is the one who can help you with all your needs.
- Be careful about opening your door if a stranger is walking behind you and there is no one else around.
- Remember, hotel security is always available to escort you to your room.
- Never check out of a hotel without leaving the maid a minimum of $3.00 a night…left on a dresser in an envelope. Remember, she can use it and will deeply appreciate it.
- When you are traveling in a country that is not English – speaking, there are seven phrases you should learn in that language, before you go.
1. Where is the bathroom?
2. How much?
3. How do I get to______?
4. Check Please!
5. Which way to the American Embassy?
6. Yes, no, please, thank you, hello, goodbye or I don’t understand.
An American passport is one of the most valuable documents in the world. When traveling abroad, always carry a photocopy of your passport, in case you’re asked to deposit your passport at the hotel as a security measure. If you ever lose your passport abroad, contact the American Embassy immediately.