10 Important Announcements for the 2015 National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants Conference, March 1-8, 2015

The 2015 NACLNC® Conference Cruise in the Southern Caribbean is just a few short weeks away. Whether this is your first cruise or you’re an old-salt at cruising, you’ll want to handle these 10 details before you embark to ensure smooth sailing.

  1. Pack Your Passport Safely and Know Where You Packed It. You and everyone in your party will each need a valid passport in order to get on the ship and to clear customs when we come home. Pack it someplace safe and convenient. Just as important as remembering to pack your passport is remembering where you packed it. You don’t want to have to root through your entire set of matching Gucci luggage at check-in (and we don’t want to have to see your unmentionables) to find them. Need I say more?
  2. Check Your Paperwork Carefully. Make sure the name on your cruise reservation matches your passport. If not, you may be refused boarding and the last thing your CLNC® peers want to do is wave at you as we sail away from San Juan. If there’s a discrepancy, immediately contact University at Sea at 800.422.0711 to get this straightened out.
  3. Get Your Children Back (Into the U.S.A.). Children need all sorts of legal documentation to get them out of (and back into) the U.S. Make sure you have a passport, written permission if needed, and all other required documents. Contact Royal Caribbean for details. They don’t have a space for unclaimed children shipside or portside so they’ll be very helpful.
  4. Plan Your Drinking Budget In Advance. Every alcoholic beverage you purchase will have a gratuity automatically added to it and it will add considerably to your bar bill. If you’re planning on having more than three or four tropical drinks each day plus wine at dinner, you might consider one of the “all-you-can-consume” drink packages or a trip to AA. Just sayin’
  5. Wheel Yourself Onboard. Your luggage may not be delivered to your room until after dinner, so pack a small bag. Include essentials such as your meds, bathing suit and a fresh top to wear to the NACLNC Conference Registration and Welcome Reception March 1st at 7:15pm. That way if your suitcase arrives to your stateroom late you’re still good to go!
  6. Plan to Go Formal or Informal on Formal Nights. Ball gowns and tuxes are optional. A cocktail dress for women or dark suit for men works too. If you want to dress to the nines, go for it – plenty of others will!
  7. Don’t Get Caught Roaming. Check with your cellular carrier to make sure you understand roaming fees in the various islands/countries we’ll be visiting. My recommendation is to buy Internet access on the ship and go in and out of “airplane” mode as needed.
  8. Check In Online, Plan Your Excursions and Buy Those Drink Packages In Advance. Check in online and you can do everything from having bottled water delivered to your room to planning excursions to reserving specialty dining. You must do this at least three days prior to embarkation so get on it!
  9. Do Your Duty (Free Shopping)! Check out the regulations for what (and how much) you can bring home legally. Keep in mind too that any duty free alcohol you plan on carrying off must be packed in your luggage, so consider purchasing a reusable, resealable bottle carrier to bring home any liquid tropical treasures you may find!
  10. Pack Some Extra Room on Your Credit Card. You can’t spend your hard-earned cash on board. Everything you buy will be charged to your SeaPass® card which is your combination ID, cabin key, get-out-of-jail-free and on-board credit card. You’ll need to put down cash or a credit card at check-in to cover your on-board expenses. Also, if you plan on using your credit card in the port cities, you’ll want to call your card company and let them know where you’re traveling to or else they may cancel your card the first time you use it outside the U.S.

I look forward to seeing you all onboard!

I’m Just Sailin’

P.S. Mandatory NACLNC Conference Registration and Welcome Reception is Sunday, March 1st 7:15-8:30pm in Studio B on Deck 3. See you there!

P.P.S. Comment and share your tips for getting ready for the 2015 NACLNC Conference Cruise.

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