Travel Advice/Travel Tips - Cruises
- What you need to know
Taking a cruise is one of the most popular
and satisfying forms of vacations and cruises are one of the fastest
growing segments of the travel industry. Cruises cover the seven
seas and over 1800 ports worldwide. In addition, a cruise vacation
is one of the safest ways you can spend your vacation time.
Many travelers enjoy taking a cruise,
although selecting the right cruise for you is hard work.
Everyone who has taken a cruise has unique preferences in terms of
itineraries, ships, activities, cost, and other issues too numerous to
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If you are taking your first cruise,
there are a number of issues to consider.
Our first recommendation is:
The areas you should discuss are:
What is your reason for
taking a cruise?
Are you interested in the “cruise
Do you want to explore areas that are
best connected by ocean travel, or some combination of both activities?
Are you looking for rest, relaxation,
or an adventure?
Type of cruise
Most cruises are “general purpose,
combining a relaxing on-board environment with port-based tours of
Some cruises, however, are “themed” and
staffed with recognized experts in culture, art, history of some other
specialty that is aligned with the purpose of the cruise.
There are even cruises for investors
where you can hear industry experts tell you how they would invest your
Themed cruises are usually substantially
more expensive than non-themed cruises.
Which type of cruise is of interest to
What kind of cabin
appeals to you?
Some travelers like suites. Others
like to have a balcony and a small patio. Still others are
comfortable with small cabins with portholes.
Another aspect of cabins is location.
Cabins closer to the water can be very
Some cabins are interior, do not have
windows, and are low cost.
Some travelers prefer a specific side of
Others prefer a room location away from
stairs or elevators in order to reduce noise and foot traffic near their
Think about "your cabin" and have an
opinion when you talk to the travel agent.
Many people consider the choice of vessel or cruise line to be the most
important consideration in cruising. We don’t think so
but it is an important choice.
Many travelers want to sail on the
newest, largest, most luxurious liner that they can find, as the cruise
is the event that is important to them.
Other travelers choose cruise ships
based on cost, itineraries, amenities, or other factors.
Another important variable is ship size.
Smaller ships carry less people and can
enter ports that are closed to larger ships.
Conversely, larger ships provide more
amenities and social activities.
Usually a large liner will have
several swimming pools, Broadway style reviews, numerous recreation
opportunities, and an open, spacious feeling.
Regardless of your tastes, remember that
the vessel will be your “hotel, hotel room, and transportation” for the
duration of the cruise, so be sure that you choose something that
reflects your preferences.
You need to decide what aspect of vessel
selection is important to you.
Style of cruise is another important
Would you enjoy a formal cruise,
requiring formal clothing for meals and other activities, or do you want
a casual-style cruise?
Do you prefer open-seating as opposed
to fixed-seating for meals?
If you find it desirable, some cruises
are designed to allow you to be part of the crew and help sail the ship.
So, either think about the type of
experience you want or ask the agent for his or her recommendation on a
cruise line that meets your requirements.
Be sure to ask
Cruise lines are always introducing new
itineraries, so ask your agent to tell you what is new in the world of
More than 50 new ships will be added to
their fleets by the cruise line industry in the first half of this
decade, so ask about new ships, their amenities, and new features.
The cost of a cruise is a substantial
investment for most of us and you can make your cruise more enjoyable by
thinking through the issues we have raised before you visit with your
Visit the International Cruise Line International Association (www.cruising.org)
to see how cruise lines are working to increase the many ways they serve
you, the traveling pubic.
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