1. Arrive in Europe at least 2-3 days prior to your cruise departure date. Allow time for PCR testing, and you’ll also be completely over the jetlag before you board.
2. Print out your vaccination certificate. You never know when you phone battery might die so it’s great to carry this in your back pocket.
3. Be flexible. Situations are changing all the time in terms of Covid-safe requirements around Europe. What might be necessary in one port of call may not be in the next.
4. Small has never looked so good. Le Jacques Cartier carries only 160 guests as a maximum, so even though every guest on board had to be tested for Covid-19 after boarding, we had all the results back and departed on time. This was a requirement because we were cruising to Italy, and may not be the case next year.
5. I’d never sailed in Europe in October before. There is never a bad time to cruise in the Mediterranean – but I must admit it was a beautiful time of year in terms of cooler temperature and less crowds.
6. Book early. The further out you book with PONANT the less you pay, without exception. Don’t miss out as Europe 2022 is filling up fast!
7. I wasn’t ready to leave after seven nights! Consider booking back to back Mediterranean voyages to maximise your time, especially after not being able to visit Europe for a couple of years.