HOW TO PLAN YOUR CRUISE: Whether you are a first time cruiser or a veteran cruiser, there are several questions you must ask yourself before you start planning your cruise.
WHERE DO I WANT TO GO?
Cruises sail to every part of the world. You must decide if you want to go to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Alaska or the Mediterranean. Perhaps you want to try the Russian Waterways, sail around the Orient, Mexico, South America or take a Transatlantic voyage. Try to narrow down your choices based on how you answer the next questions.
HOW LONG DO I WANT TO GO FOR?
Time is a critical factor when planning a cruise. If you have never cruised before, you may want to “test the waters” by taking a 3 or 4 night cruise. If you are planning a Mediterranean Cruise, be sure you allow for an extra day to get to the European port of call. You must determine if you need an extra day to get to or from the cruise ship.
WHEN DO I WANT TO GO?
If you want to travel over the Christmas holidays when the kids are on vacation, don’t select an Alaskan Cruise because there are none. So, where you travel is directly connected to when you travel. Traveling during the months of September, October and November may provide you with the best deals but the weather during those months can be a problem.
WHO WILL I TRAVEL WITH?
Cruises attract a very diverse group of people. Cruises provide a wonderful travel experience for honeymooners, fam ilies, friends andstrangers traveling together. There is something for everyone on cruiseships. Whether you want a romantic dinner with your spouse or a 20 hour day filled with every activity imaginable, you can find it (or not find it ) on a cruise.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING?
The number of people traveling in your group can greatly affect the cost as well as the cruising experience. For example, if you are a family of 4, you can find a cruise ship that accommodates all four in one cabin or suite. This is cost effective and can save you a considerable amount of money. If you are with a group, often times the prices are negotiated with the company. The number of people can affect the price.
WHAT IS MY BUDGET?
Your budget is a very important factor when determining which cruise and cruise lines you select. Some cruise lines have a reputation for catering to the “rich and famous” while other cruise lines are know more for their budget prices. The bottom line is to select a cruise lines that meets your budget and still provides the service and quality that you request and deserve. Now you are ready to BOOK