First is the (sometimes, not so fun) part of registering for the cruise. It's going over all the preliminaries to make sure they know who's getting on the ship and also to sign-up for the SIGN & SAIL CARD.
These cards replace the use of cash on the ship so that PASSENGERS can purchase items from the gift shop, alcohol, spa services, and other services you may need. (eg. dry cleaning, hair cut/dresser etc.)
Credit cards or a certain amount of cash can be used to establish a balance. They'll also want to check your ID's at this time. (DRIVER'S LICENSE, PASSPORT, STATE ID, MILITARY ID ETC.)
There's some confusion about the passport issue, but if you have 1 bring it. It makes checking in quicker. If not, YOU CAN STILL cruise, as long as you're returning to the same port that you left from....in all likelihood, EVERYONE WILL. (Unless during a island visit, you need to be flown home-THEN YOU DO NEED A PASSPORT)
Whew! Are we done yet? Just about.....
Stay tuned for more of "Something About That 1st Cruise"