Cruising is a favourite holiday choice for many, from couples to families and honeymooners to retirees. The saying is true, that you only have to unpack once and you can do as much or as little as you like. Most days you will be waking up in a new exotic destination or a having a leisurely day at sea. Each cruise line has many unique features and depending on what your plans are in port you need to make sure you pack accordingly. Even if you are doing a tropical island cruise during summer, your cruise ship may have an ice-skating rink where a pair of long pants won’t go astray. Not to mention ensuring you have everything you need to explore new ports!
On the first day of your cruise holiday it sometimes can take a number of hours before your checked luggage is sorted and delivered to your stateroom. We suggest that you have all your valuables, including medication with you, in addition to spare clothing for dinner, extra footwear & basic toiletries. If you envisioned a cocktail poolside during the sail away party, you may also like to keep your swimwear handy in your carry on.
While at sea many find that the internet isn’t always fast or very cheap to access. So if you want an easy way to communicate with family and friends who are also onboard with you, we recommend investing in 2 way radios. If you purchase these prior to departure, all you need to do is just pick a station number for you all to tune into and get talking. Very handy if you are trying to arrange a meeting point with friends for a trivia night in the sports bar or even a pre-dinner sunset cocktail.
Cables, Cords, Camera and Adaptors
In our digital world we all like to stay connected. Remember to pack any cables, cords and adaptors to keep your technology charged. Why not use a small bag like a pencil case to keep your loose phone charger and 2-way radio charger cords from getting tangled up or lost? Power adaptors are also needed on board some ships. Many have US and UK power sockets all depending on their country of origin. Check with your cruise line prior to departure to see if you need one. Adaptors can be purchased onboard but you will find they are usually cheaper at an electronic store.
On any cruise itinerary you should always pack for the unexpected. You never know when unseasonably cold weather may hit on a tropical cruise and it isn’t unheard of to get sunburnt on an Antarctic cruise. During a tropical summer cruise always pack a jacket for rain protection and warmth. For a cruise to a cooler climate, packing lots of layers is advisable. We recommend having breathable thermal wear underneath and a waterproof outer layer, so you can then adjust every layer in between.
Most evenings in cruise à la carte dining rooms, the dress code is informal. Think ‘Business Casual’ when dressing. If the idea of dressing up for dinner each night isn't your idea of fun, then you may like to dine in the buffet restaurant or another dining option onboard. Many large cruise ships have many restaurants onboard from burger joints to sushi restaurants . Remember every cruise line is different and some cruise lines are more casual or formal than others.
Formal and Themed Nights
Depending on the length of the cruise you will most likely have at least 1 formal night. For Men: Traditionally formal night consists of a suit and tie. Often now a lightweight sport jacket and dress pants can also suffice depending on your cruise line. For Woman: A cocktail dress or pant suit are perfect for formal nights.
Some cruise lines also have a few fun inspired nights and even encourage guests to wear loud tropical shirts on some evenings. Most cruise lines provide information on formal and themed nights prior to departure, so you can pack accordingly.
Please note: Irons are not available onboard as they are a fire hazard. Many cruiselines do offer a pressing service at a cost if required. Important: Bringing your own iron is not permitted either.
As the cruise lines get bigger and better so do many of their onboard activities. It’s a great idea to pack for the activities you want to partake in. Some ships offer Ice skating, rock climbing, water slides, mini golf, bowling, racing cars, laser tag, zipling, skydiving simulator. For example : Even if you are on a tropical South Pacific cruise, you may want to pack long pants to go ice skating. If you are on a summer cruise, ensure plenty of sun protective clothing.
Any seasoned traveller knows the importance of travel insurance. Even a well planned holiday isn’t exempt from the unexpected. Please take the time and research insurance prior to travel. There are many different policies available, covering everything from the basics to full comprehensive policies. Read all the product disclosure statement closely to decide what is right for you.
Below is our Essential Cruise Packing List - Handy for your next Cruise Holiday
When travelling our day to day routine is often thrown out the window. The benefits of regular exercise have long been documented, it is essential for both physical and mental wellbeing. From reducing heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and weight management the benefits of keeping up regular exercise are endless.
To help keep your fitness journey on track we have compiled a list of top Fitness apps which have options for you to work out in the comfort of your hotel room, park, beach or hotel gym. Make sure you pack your workout clothing. Also investing in resistance bands are an excellent idea as these workout tools are very lightweight and easy to pack in your luggage.
28 by Sam Wood
This App is called a Personal Trainer in your pocket, it offers a selection of different dynamic workouts daily for all fitness levels. Sam offers daily support for members. Perfect for the busy traveller is its only 28 minutes a day.
Centr by Chris Hemworth
If this program is good enough to transform Chris Hemsworth into Thor, then it’s definitely an app you won’t want to overlook. Work out with world class trainers between 20 - 40 Minutes a day. You can train with or without gym equipment, making this another great option while out on the road. There is a great mix of HIIT, boxing, yoga, Strength training and even MMA training on offer.
My Fitness Pal
This handy App offers some great no equipment total body workouts. These can be done anywhere, this App also has a great food tracking function, so if you are serious about getting all the right nutrients in while travelling this is a very good tool.
Kayla Itsines – BBG
Kayla Itsines is one of Australia’s leading online fitness trainers, Kayla has built an App called Sweat which showcases a number of top online training programs. You can select Kayla’s own program called BBG (Bikini Body Guide) this program offers many options from beginners to advance – With or without gym equipment. This App is a great way to stay motivated while abroad.
Couch to 5k Runner
It is always a good idea to pack a pair of trainers so you can hit the pavement. Walking or running is the perfect way explore your new surroundings. The App Couch to 5k Runner is great especially if you are at the start of your running fitness journey and perhaps want to set a new fitness goal while on holidays.
Another great app. Work out anywhere, anytime with Workout Trainer - at your fingertips! Whether you like working out at home or lifting weights at the gym, they have you covered with thousands of free workouts and custom training programs led by expert coaches.
Often overlooked when planning long haul journeys, these cool city stopovers should be added to your travel list next time you are heading abroad. There is so much more to see than just the inside of an airport or hotel walls. These stopovers are amazing destinations in their own right. You may even be tempted to stay longer!
The Garden City of Singapore just keeps getting better and better. It was once considered a quick stopover on route to Europe but now it firmly holds its own as one of Asia’s most exciting destinations. From its sophisticated shopping centres and vibrant cocktail bars. There is also no shortage of impressive eating establishments, new and exciting eating houses are popping up everywhere to keep the most discerning foodie well fed. Once you have had enough time in the flashing lights then it’s time to head to the lush gardens and mesmerising parkways. A trip to Singapore Zoo is also a great way to spend the day. Singapore is home to many amazing hotels. Travel Therapy’s handpicked recommendation is the Novotel Clarke Quay. You can book it here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-73635&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA
Auckland, New Zealand
The City of Sails is a beautiful harbour city in the North Island of New Zealand. Home to many unique experiences which makes it a great place to stop for a day or 2. Exploring the harbour by boat is highly recommended or even catch a ferry to Waiheke Island and have lunch at one of the Island’s beautiful wineries. New Zealand is famed for its adventurous lifestyle so why not embrace it with a Sky Jump from the city’s 328m high Sky Tour. The Viaduct precinct on the edge of the CBD has been home to America’s cup, it is a spectacular place to enjoy a seafood dinner at one of the many restaurants. Travel Therapy’s top pick is The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour – Book here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-1506909&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=auckland
Los Angeles, USA
The City of Angels. So many things come to mind when we think of LA. Why not check out a baseball game at the LA Dodgers Stadium and tuck into a hot dog in the iconic stands. Or Spend an afternoon down at one of the classic beaches of Malibu, Santa Monica or check out the beach gym at Venice Beach, it truly is a great place to people watch. If you like to live large, a stroll down the iconic Rodeo Drive should be in order. Disneyland is only 40 minutes down the road, worth a visit if you are travelling with the family or you are just a big kid at heart. And who can forget the excitement and the movie magic of tinsel town. Stroll down the walk of Fame, wander around the entrance of the Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre. Our Hotel Pick is Loews Hollywood Hotel it is only a stone’s throw from the excitement of Hollywood. You can book it here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=20014181&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=Losangeles
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The city of Dubai needs to be seen to be believed. It is home to some of the most impressive man made structures in the world. From the Worlds Tallest Building, the Burj Khalifa and not to mention the highest hotel in the world, JW Marriott Marquis. A visit to The Dubai Mall – biggest shopping complex in the world is not complete without checking out its very own Aquarium and underwater Zoo. It is hard to believe this oasis is in fact built on a desert. To experience everything Dubai has to offer you can’t go past a Desert Safari 4WD Adventure in the dunes followed with a traditional Emirate meal and belly dancing. Travel Therapy recommends the Conrad Dubai - Book here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-782831&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=dubai
This City is a true bustling hotspot, where east meets west. The Island is around 1,100 Square Kilometres and is home is over 7 Million people. If you add to that number the amount of visitors they get annually it gives you some idea how impressive this island city is. It is also home to the most amount of sky scrapers in the world! Why not hit the streets and find a food venue and experience Hong Kong’s best street food. Travel Therapy’s pick is the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers it is located in the heart of the shopping district of Nathan Road . Book here https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-1353149&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=hongkong
The island of the Gods. The Balinese are very welcoming of visitors to their island home. It is a tropical paradise, from its world famous surf breaks, down to its lush volcanic centre. The hustle and bustle of the tourist hubs of Kuta – Seminyak are in stark contrast to the quiet villages in the North and Eastern stretches of the Island where the local people tend to terraced rice fields. The rich Balinese culture strongly influences day to day life on the island, Bali is home to many breathtaking temples and beautiful architecture. Travel Therapy recommends Bali Dynasty Resort as a good spot to start your adventure – You can Book here https://www.booking.com/hotel/id/bali-dynasty-resort.en-gb.html?aid=1805195;label=bali;sid=74144e0c46e874b8ee0f9b763ad344a3;all_sr_blocks=4553702_189649878_0_1_0;checkin=2019-11-05;checkout=2019-11-06;dest_id=-2683839;dest_type=city;dist=0;group_adults=2;hapos=1;highlighted_blocks=4553702_189649878_0_1_0;hpos=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;srepoch=1563422731;srpvid=2e7e1cc59dd402d0;type=total;ucfs=1&
Johannesburg, South Africa
The perfect place to begin your African Adventure. Many of South Africa’s game parks are within driving distance of Johannesburg. You can experience the best of nature. Many amazing animals call this part of the world home. From Leopards, Lions, Elephants, Zebra, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros and the playful Meerkats. The UNESCO World Heritage site, the Wonder Cave is only 1 hour from Johannesburg and is situated inside the Rhino and Lion Nature reserve in Kromdraai, It is an amazing experience to stand in a 2.2 Billion year old Cave and get a true feel of how ancient the continent is. While staying in Johannesburg Travel Therapy recommends the Monarch Hotel https://www.booking.com/searchresults.en.html?city=-1240261&nflt=ht_id%253D204&aid=1805195&no_rooms=1&group_adults=2&room1=A%2CA&label=johannesburg
Travelling enriches our lives in so many ways. From the excitement of stepping off a plane in a country we have never visited before, to the sights and smells we experience as we explore this big wide world of ours. To make your journey a trip to remember for all the right reasons, we have put together a travel guide with some helpful tips to set you on the right path.
When considering your next travel destination it is always a good idea to research how much the journey as a whole will cost you. Some international destinations can be cheap to fly too, especially when the airlines offer cheap sale fares. But there can be surprises when you arrive there and you discover that transport, accommodation and meals do not cost what you expected. We recommend working out these costs before choosing a destination to make sure it works within your expectations so you can have the travel experience you are seeking, and that it fits into your ideal budget.
We all know that the weather people often get it wrong. And many countries do have very unpredictable weather year round, which can be part of their charm. We recommend looking into the typical weather patterns in advance, this will help you plan for the type of holiday you are seeking. It helps you avoid mistakes such as booking a tropical sunshine island getaway during the middle of rain season or booking flights to New Zealand for February hoping for a ski holiday – You will end up disappointed.
Currency exchange rates
When considering a destination it’s a good idea to look at the currency exchange rate. This will give you a guide as to what you will need for spending money while abroad, for things such as accommodation, food, transport, activities and shopping. Currency exchange rates do change, some countries have a more stable currency than others, many factors can contribute to this.
Plan to stay healthy
When travelling you should always plan to stay healthy. Looking at Websites such as https://smartraveller.gov.au/countries/Pages/default.aspx will give you current up to date advise on health issues in countries all around the world. Search for your proposed country so you are aware if extra precaution or vaccines are needed, If so a trip to a Travel Doctor prior to travel might be recommended.
Culture and Customs
Some activities are considered taboo by some cultures, and you can even get you arrested in some countries by taking photographs of government buildings. Doing prior research and showing respect can help you avoid any faux pas.
Some countries can look postcard perfect but underneath the surface there can be trouble brewing. Getting up to date information from websites such as
https://smartraveller.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx will give you the information you need.
It is always a good idea to check your passport expiry date during the planning stage of your next trip. There are many stories where travellers only discover that their passports have expired whilst in the final stages of packing for their holiday. It is not fun, nor a cheap exercise to arrange an emergency passport. All passports must also have at least 6 months validity on them from the date you return to your home country.
All countries have special conditions for nationals of other countries to abide by. Quite a lot of them require all foreigners to obtain a visa prior to entry. It is very important to be aware of time restrictions on visas, many tourist visas are valid for a maximum of 30 days. Penalties can be very harsh if the visa conditions are breached. If you have a history of criminal offences this can also affect your eligibility for a visa in some countries.
To access the most current information on visa requirements we recommend that Australian travellers check out the government website https://smartraveller.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx and search under the destination they are travelling too.
Traditionally when booking flights the earlybird gets the worm. This is still true, especially if you are wanting to fly in busy holiday periods, such as Christmas and during school holidays etc. As a standard rule of thumb did you know that often the best time to book domestic flights is approximately 3 weeks in advance (Excluding holiday periods).
Another great way to save on flights is checking out their weekly domestic sales. Virgin Australia’s Happy Hour is on every Thursday between 4 – 11pm which has a selection of reduced fares each week offered exclusively during this time. Jetstar also runs a Friday Frenzy from 12 – 8pm every week with their discounted departures.
To get a better deal on international flights booking at least 6 months in advance will help you pay a fairer price. Most airlines allow you to book up to 11-12 months in advance.
As travel habits change, so have the seasons. You can grab a great airfare if you are savvy and know when the airlines release their Sale Fares. Europe Early bird fares are usually released for sale around Sept/Oct for specials for the following year. Canada and the USA are typically on sale around June. Asia and other South Pacific destinations often have sales on throughout the year, if you want to grab a bargain, January always has great New Year sale fares if you are open to any destination that may be on offer.
The best deal is always when you get free flights. Some travel companies offer Free flights when booking one of their exciting land and cruise tours. We have some exclusive Travelmarvel fly free offers available for Europe / Canada /Vietnam and Cambodia. Click through to take advantage of them now. CLICK HERE