Pre-cruise is a term that defines starting your vacation one whole day early! For all of our SinglesCruise.com cruises, we recommend our clients stay at a hotel close to the port and we invite them to an informal “meet and greet” the night prior to the cruise. How does meeting up in a hotel lounge or restaurant add to your overall cruise experience? I assure you it can have a major impact on your vacation experience, and I know all the repeat guests recommend this to our “newbies” (new SinglesCruise.com cruisers).
The most obvious plus is that you meet about half of the group before you even board the ship. This way as soon as you get on board you are “reconnecting” rather than introducing yourself. There is a lot of emotionally-charged energy on a singles cruise, especially on Day 1: Some people are very nervous and meeting people the night before really relaxes everyone. Everything seems more thrilling and less scary, having met half the group the night before and you only have the other half to meet.
Another huge benefit to coming in the night before is that embarkation isn’t so stressful. Ships are big and lines just about anywhere can be long. If you fly in the morning of the cruise, most likely you waited in long airline ticket lines, security lines, baggage lines and more! Those who fly in the morning of a cruise have likely been up since before sunrise, and after all of those lines, by the time they get on board they are just looking for a nap!
However, if you book the pre-cruise hotel you will feel much more refreshed! While those who stay at our pre-cruise hotel are giggling and dancing with an umbrella drink poolside, those who skip out on the hotel are sleeping or groggy at best. After all, nothing is as fun when you’re tired.
The pre-cruise hotel is the way to go, for the enhancement and enjoyment it brings your vacation. It’s well worth the investment in one hotel night. If you have to travel more than three hours, I think it’s imperative that you book the pre-cruise hotel and take it easy getting to the ship.
The first two days of a cruise are the most intense and the energy is very high. Don’t miss out on all the fun of Day 1 because you wanted to skimp on the pre-cruise hotel. You’ll thank me on board!
Lead Cruise Director/Shore Excursion Manager