Taking Care of the Household while on a World Cruise

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

World Cruising
A place for world and extended length cruisers to share advice and experiences.
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 03:58 PM.
#61
FL
3,269 Posts
Joined May 2013
Originally posted by shemp2000
How do you think prescription drugs would be handled.

I know my insurance only pays 1, sometimes 3 month supply?
Most insurance companies have a 'vacation' allowance for 2x normal so 6 months supply. We also renew as soon as possible so have a small cushion of meds.
#62
Washington 509'r
463 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
These are certainly helpful tips from everyone! I can't wait to take my first long haul cruise. I think it's a bucket list item! I had Panama and Alaska on the list and the world cruise is in the ' it will be my miracle! section of the bucket list...
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
URL=http://www.cruisecritic.com][/url]
#63
FL
3,269 Posts
Joined May 2013
Originally posted by sparkymom
These are certainly helpful tips from everyone! I can't wait to take my first long haul cruise. I think it's a bucket list item! I had Panama and Alaska on the list and the world cruise is in the ' it will be my miracle! section of the bucket list...
Life is short, the world is vast and truly amazing. Isn't that why we have credit cards!
#64
Oak Park, CA
5,904 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
Originally posted by artbcpa
I just spoke with our cable company. They have a program called "Seasonal Billings". Instead of turning the cable/internet/telephones off, they charge a reduced rate and just reduce your service to the lowest (basic) rates for the three. The savings for us for all three services is over $150 per month. They ask for three days notice for initiating the program and two days notice for reinstating the services to their previous level of service.

That sounds pretty cool to me.

Has anyone ever tried something like that?
My mom does it every year for the summer. Like Keith said though, I know she had to call them and have them come out because they had done something in the neighborhood while she was gone and it now needed in house fixing.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


Grand Princess - Alaska - 8/17 -- Crown Princess - California Coastal - 4/16 -- Star Princess - Coastal Vancouver - 11/15 -- Ocean Princess - Western Mediterranean - 10/10 -- Ruby Princess - Eastern Caribbean - 3/10 -- Island Princess - Coastal 5/09 -- Sapphire Princess - New Zealand/Australia 3/08 -- Sapphire Princess - Coastal 5/07 -- Tahitian Princess - Tahiti/Hawaii 7/06 -- Island Princess - Coastal/Alaska 5/06 -- Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean 9/04 -- Sun Princess - Coastal - 4/04 -- Sun Princess - Panama Canal - 4/01 -- Carnival - Caribbean - 11/00 -- Royal Caribbean - Caribbean 7/99 -- Grand Princess - Caribbean - 11/98 -- Pacific Princess - Mediterranean - 11/97 -- Sun Princess - Western Caribbean - 12/95 -- Regal Princess - Western Caribbean - 11/94 -- Dawn Princess - Mexico 5/93 -- Dawn Princess - Mexico 4/93 -- Fair Princess - Mexico - 12/92 -- Regal Princess - Alaska - 5/92 -- Regal Princess - Eastern Caribbean - 8/91 -- Fairsky - Western Caribbean - 4/87 -- Fairwind - Eastern Caribbean - 4/84
#65
The good Ole USA
130 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
"The one thing I haven't noticed anyone mentioning is turning off the hot water heater and incoming cold water. This action is self explanatory.
If you use tankless water heaters or instant hot water appliances this is not necessary."


I WOULD DISAGREE WITH THE ABOVE STATEMENT. If a hot water line breaks, you don't need the extra cost of Gas to heat that leaking hot water.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Crazy in LOVE with my wonderful Wife!!








#66
Florida
20,365 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
We have a electric hot water heater , I shut off the electric to it . I have our neighbor flush the toilets every 30 days
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
We've been on
Carnival: 27 voyages 184 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages 24 days
Holland: 29 voyages 661 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages 35 days
Vantage:River 2 voyages 39 days
GRAND TOTAL: 84 Cruises 1118 days

NOT YET SAILED
Veendam Atlantic Crossing 10/17 - 49 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/18 - 113 days
Rotterdam Boston to Rotter 7/18 - 19 days
Prinsendam Amster to FTL 8/18 96 days
Zaandam Antarctic 12/18 - 22 days
Nieuw Statadam Carb. 1/19 - 7 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/19 113 days
Nieuw Statadam 9/19 20 days
Prinsendam 10/19 60 days
#67
FL
3,269 Posts
Joined May 2013
Originally posted by we're sailing away....
We have a electric hot water heater , I shut off the electric to it . I have our neighbor flush the toilets every 30 days
Also recommend you have them run all faucets, then close the drains again. Also cover the open drains like the one we have in our shower - a plastic lid held down with a can works well. Had a neighbor get infested with insects that came in thru her drains -it was ugly. To help with the toilet drying out, cover the bowl with saran wrap - but draw on the wrap so it is obvious and less embarrassing for your neighbor should they use the facilities.
#68
FL
3,269 Posts
Joined May 2013
Originally posted by artbcpa
I just spoke with our cable company. They have a program called "Seasonal Billings". Instead of turning the cable/internet/telephones off, they charge a reduced rate and just reduce your service to the lowest (basic) rates for the three. The savings for us for all three services is over $150 per month. They ask for three days notice for initiating the program and two days notice for reinstating the services to their previous level of service.

That sounds pretty cool to me.

Has anyone ever tried something like that?
Do it every time I go on a long cruise. Our cable company will put their service on 'hold' for $5 per service (so $10 for cable and internet) per month and the phone charges $7.50 per month for a similar hold. Nothing we can do about the sewer and trash as restarting is expensive where I live so just leave these as is and the water and electric bills are what they are.
#69
Toronto
1,557 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
This list was just posted on our world cruise roll call -

TRAVEL PREPARATION:
• Assemble travel tickets/boarding passes. When we get the personalized cruise booklet, add a copy of the info page to your travel documents.
• Review passports and all required visas; include yellow fever documentation; have several extra photos.
• Assess trip insurance, including emergency-evacuation coverage.
• Register your trip online with the U.S. State Department: step.state.gov/step/
• Confirm all private tours with organizers, providers and participants; make full payments or deposits as necessary.
• Treat a few outfits of clothing with Permethrin if you are planning a safari or other activities in risk areas for malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya virus.
• Update all passwords for secure online transactions while abroad, and make sure you have a way to remember them.

FINANCIAL:
• Make sure your finances and bill-paying systems are in order.
• Get cash with lots of new or nearly new bills, mostly in small denominations.
• Review your credit cards and debit cards. Make sure they won’t expire during the trip. Know your debit-card PIN number for use in foreign ATMs; notify banks and credit-card companies of your travel plans.
• Make arrangements for filing income tax returns or an extension.

FAMILY/HOUSE/CAR/
• Make arrangements for someone to check on your house while you’re away, whether renting it out or not or have a housesitter.
• Leave a list of favorite providers (electrician, plumber, et al.) in a handy place.
• Make a list with your personal information, bank, insurance and other important contact numbers; travel with a copy, and leave a copy at home with your emergency contact person at home.
• Update your POA (medical and financial), plus contact information to share with your emergency contact at home, in the unlikely event both you and your travel companion need emergency care or transport.
• Plan to store your car/vehicles properly.
• Talk with your insurers regarding coverage of home and vehicles while you are away.
• Suspend/hold home internet, phone and TV service; put a hold on or discontinue Netflix and other such providers
• Have birthday and holiday cards ready to mail by a reliable person; put a stickie note with a “mail by” date on each stamped envelope.
• Make arrangements for your mail: forward, hold, or have a trusted friend collect it, sort it, toss the junk, and alert you to items that might need your attention.
• Alert your trusted neighbors that you will be away; share your local emergency contact info if they see something amiss at your house.
• Start to empty your refrigerator, freezer and pantry of anything that will expire; if you’re going to keep the fridge running, fill it with bottled water, etc. to minimize energy usage.

HEALTH & MEDICAL
• Consult your health-care providers; get flu shots, etc.; decide if you need anti-malarials or other special meds.
• Make sure you have enough of your Rx meds to last at least the length of your trip; allow plenty of time to order “vacation refills” on any daily Rx meds.
• Get spare Rx eyeglasses, readers and sunglasses.
• Make sure your medical insurance (Medicare and supplemental) is in place for next year. Your supplemental policy might cover medical expenses while traveling abroad, but Medicare will not