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    Traveling on a cruise can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. It's a great time for fun, family and laughter. Before you decide to set sail in search of the perfect vacation, here are some tips to make your voyage an enjoyable one.

    • Contact a travel medicine clinic: If you are planning on taking a cruise to an exotic destination, contact the travel medicine service at the Miriam Hospital at least four to six weeks in advance to find out about immunizations and preventive medications you may need.

    • Leave a copy of your itinerary: In case of emergencies, it's a good idea to leave a copy of your itinerary with family and friends.

    • Make arrangements for special needs: Before making your travel arrangements, contact the cruise line to find out about handicapped accessibility or if dietary needs can be met.

    • Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes and safety devices: Stay safe by learning evacuation procedures and ensuring that there are enough life jackets stored in your cabin.

    • Use Sunscreen: The sun is strong on shore but, even stronger on water. To prevent harmful effects from the sun, make sure you wear a sunscreen containing a sun protection factor of 15 or higher. More about sunscreen.

    • Avoid Becoming a Target: When traveling, keep your cash supply and valuables on the ship in a secure place, such as a safe, and try not to go anywhere alone, if possible.

    • Know the schedule: Don't get left behind. Before leaving the ship for any reason, always check the ship's departure schedule.

    • Know the weather conditions: You can't control the weather, but you can control when you plan your trip. Avoid taking your vacation during hurricane season. If you are heading below the equator; remember, if it's summer here, it's winter there.

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