Preparing for the Next Cruise

2018 HAL World Cruise

In only 2 weeks, the MS Amsterdam will embark from Ft. Lauderdale.  It will be our home-away-from-home for 113 days.

2018 HAL World Cruise itinerary
2018 HAL World Cruise itinerary


We put a lot of planning and shopping into this type of cruise because we want to be fully prepared to enjoy the journey.  We certainly don’t want to worry about running out of medications (or even toothpaste.)  We see our doctor for a “clean bill of health” and prescriptions for Malaria-prevention  as well as more common ailments that could pop up.  We try to have travel books and magazines on hand for reference.  Besides the normal luggage, we schlepp snacks, books and magazines, a portable printer and office supplies.  The need for compact storage in a small ship’s cabin is always on our mind.  It’s a challenge for someone who has never been known to “travel light”!

Planning for the 2018 HAL World Cruise
Planning for the 2018 HAL World Cruise
pre cruise doctor's check-up
pre cruise doctor’s check-up
gathering 4 month's worth of toiletries
gathering 4 month’s worth of toiletries
searching for reading material
searching for reading material


Once the shopping is done, the packing must begin.

That’s a whole ‘nother story!










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