If you either haven’t traveled that much or if you haven’t taken an organized vacation or tour, planning a cruise can be pretty daunting for you. First of all, we’d like to make sure you do know that going on a cruise is one-of-a-kind experience and there is no two cruise lines that offer similar things. Just like how humans vary from one person to another, cruise ships have their own personalities as well. So, you’ve decided to go on a cruise but you’re so confused on how to plan for your first ever cruise vacation? If you are traveling with other people like your family members or friends, it is advisable for you to get them together and start discussing on what should be taken into consideration.
Whether you’re traveling as a couple, in a huge group or as a solo traveler, we do have a few tips on planning a cruise and how you can ensure that your trip is a memorable one :
Determine Who Go With You – The first question to ask when you are planning on a cruise is to find out who is going on the cruise together with you. Majority of the cruise lines accept anyone from all walks of life and do not discriminate anyone of different backgrounds. However, as we mentioned earlier, cruise ships do have different personalities as well. This mean, if you have a baby or little children with you, you might want to find a cruise line that is kid-friendly and offer excellent activities and program from the kids. But if you are an adult looking for a cruise ship that offer services mostly to other adults like you, you can also find the ones that suit you the best. (Image by quinet)
Prepare Your Budget – Since discussing maximums will never get us anywhere, we’d like to talk about minimum budgets here. Simple rule of thum is that a person might need around USD100 per day, and this exclusie the airfare to the port. One of the best ways to save more money is by having more than two persons in one cabin, and being either a conservative by booking earlier around nine months ahead of time or you can be the risk-taker and book the cruise later around two months in advance. For mainstream cruise lines visiting the Caribbean or Mediterranean, you can expect to be paying around USD500 per week.
Duration of Vacation – This should include simple questions like “How long is your vacation?” and “When do you want to travel?” If your schedule is restricted to only a week or so, you can consider parts of the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera or the Bahamas. You can also opt for “cruise to nowhwere” that will allow you to cruise out of port for a long weekend into the ocean and then return. But depending on your location, you can still cruise to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe or even the South Pacific. You will have more options if you are able to squeeze out ten days of vacation up to two weeks – including all seven continents. (Image by Marie Shiraishi. )
Planning on a cruise should not caused you a headache. This is because there are a variety of cruise lines out there that offer a lot of amazing and special packages for the travelers. The rules in planning on a cruise is simple and we believe that making a thorough research will save you a lot of time, effort and even money! Be smart traveler and always keep your eye on the latest bargain out there.
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