We are looking for two, one-page documents which will include the following snippets of information that we want to highlight. These one page documents will be the front and last pages in our travel planning packet with the inside pages being the attached port guides. We want the designs to seem connected, but will obviously be different layouts.
Here are the pieces of info we want highlighted on the Front Page: (everything within the ** we’d like to be bold font):
*Ship Insider Tip: The early bird gets the worm!* With afternoon ship arrivals, fellow passengers are usually excited and ready to get off the ship. This means that queues to disembark will likely start forming before your ship has fully docked. If you have a tour scheduled soon after your afternoon arrival, we recommend being ready to get off of your ship as it is arriving, in order to avoid delays in getting off the ship. If you find that you may be late for your tour, please call your Tour Operator directly to coordinate. Their phone number will be located at the top of your Alaska Shore Excursions ticket voucher.
*Ship Insider Tip: Ease your mind and don’t get left behind!* Your ship’s “All Aboard” time is the port time that your ship requires all passengers to be back onboard. Generally, you are required to be back on your cruise ship AT LEAST 30 minutes before your ship’s departure time on a Port Day. If your ship is “tendering” into a port (often called “lightering” or “anchoring”), this means your ship is anchoring at sea and will be ferrying passengers to shore. This process takes longer than a normal embarkation/disembarkation and may mean you’ll need to catch a tender boat back to your ship AT LEAST 60 minutes before the scheduled port departure. We always recommend giving yourself plenty of time to get back onboard your ship which means adding 30 extra minutes of buffer time to allow for lines and security screenings!
*Ship Insider Tip: Do they run a tight “chip”?* Every cruise ship will have different rules for what food and beverages can be taken on and off the ship. Snacks and beverages you purchase in port may not be allowed back onboard unless they are unopened, so be sure to check with your ship staff on what is and isn’t allowed. Depending on your ship’s alcohol policy, you may or may not be allowed to bring alcoholic beverages onboard. We suggest reaching out to your cruise line directly if you have any questions before you set sail.
*Tour Day Tip: Who should you call?* Our travel experts are available 7 days a week to assist you before you depart on your cruise vacation. When you arrive in port for your tour, the best assistance will be provided by your Tour Operator. We highly recommend calling them directly for any of your day-of needs or tour-specific questions. Their phone number will always be listed at the top of your Alaska Shore Excursions ticket vouchers!
We’re looking to have some graphics/images on this front page as well to make it more visually appealing and exciting. We also definitely want to have our logo on the page as well.
Weather forecast - we like the design of the attached example, so something similar to it would be great!
Weather Forecast: Lows and Highs in Southeast Alaska
May Avg: 40/57
June Avg: 46/63
July Avg: 50/66
Aug Avg: 49/65
Sept Avg: 45/58
Please know that weather is constantly changing in Alaska. We highly recommend you watch the weather 1 week before you start your vacation and adjust your packing list accordingly. For a more detailed forecast, please visit: http://www.weather.com
We want this packing checklist to actually look like a checklist, so that customers can essentially use it to actually check items off that they’ve already packed:
Packing Checklist - So what’s essential in your packing checklist? We always recommend a warm waterproof jacket, sunglasses, and all of your travel documentation! See below for our other Alaska specific packing list items:
Clothing & Accessories:
Rain jacket with hood
Layers (short sleeved and long sleeved shirts)
Long pants (will wear more often than shorts)
Shorts (temperatures CAN reach up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer)
Warm, long socks
Comfortable walking shoes, preferably waterproof
Hat, gloves, scarf (in case extra chilly days are forecasted)
Breathable undergarments (it can be very humid in Alaska)
Zippered backpack/purse (in case you want to bring an extra layer of clothes)
Sleeping mask (daylight hours in Alaska are much earlier/later than at home)
Any necessary gear for tours (will be specified on ticket vouchers)
Shower cap (for storing your dirty shoes after a day of adventuring)
Motion sickness medication
Any Prescription medication
Electronics & Entertainment:
Camera and charger (extra SD card if you have one)
Mobile Phone and charger (make sure to bring an adapter if you’re coming from a non-US country)
Books or E-reader (for relaxation while underway)
Passport (and a photocopy of your passport as a backup)
Airline tickets and itinerary
Printed cruise documents
Alaska Shore Excursions ticket vouchers (printed preferred)
Medical and insurance information