A Few Helpful Cruise Planning Tips
Are you thinking of taking a Cruise Vacation but not quite sure just where and how to begin planning that vacation? Cruise planning can be a lot of fun if you start out by looking and searching in the right places! 🙂
In this post, I have put together a few helpful tips for cruise planning for first time cruisers to get you started in the right direction. First off, I suggest having a look at this short but informative video about things to know before cruising from a leading travel expert.
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Cruise Tips and Advice
There are literally hundreds of cruises to choose from at any given time of the year. I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind is … “How can I possibly find one that is right for us?”
Things to Consider When Selecting a Cruise
Well, the first thing to do is narrow down those hundreds of cruises by asking the yourself the 5 W’s.
Who, What, Where, When and Why
Who is all going on our cruise? This will help for stateroom selection later.
What length of cruise will suit your travel plans?
Just Where in the world do we want to cruise? (This will greatly narrow down your choices.) When do you want to take your cruise vacation?
Why do you want to take a cruise?
To me, ‘why’ is an important question to ask yourself and to others who may traveling with you. If the reasons you come up with fit nicely in a cruise holiday, then your on your way! A few others questions to ask yourself might be;
How much vacation time do we have available?
What dates are we available to leave?
What port do we want to disembark from? (Keep in mind traveling costs and time to your port of disembarkation.)
What cruise line should we choose? (Do they depart to our selected holiday destination and on dates we are able to travel? Do they offer the best value for our family?)
I personally look for all of the above! These are great questions to ask yourself prior to visiting a specialized cruise agent or if you are booking on-line on your own with a reputable cruise travel business. Your agent will ask you these very questions to help narrow down what cruises are available for you.
Get the Whole Family Involved in Planning
Disney Cruise Ship in Vancouver BC
When researching and looking at cruises, get everyone involved who will be going on that vacation! It builds excitement and anticipation toward the upcoming vacation and everyone gets to offer suggestions, ideas and so much more in helping select that perfect cruise vacation.
Getting everyone involved makes finding those best all inclusive cruise deals that surface all year long, so much easier! Research is very important in planning any family holiday. The internetis an excellent research tool, if not the best instant resource for cruise planning, booking, reading reviews and so much more, and all at your fingertips instantly!
Be sure to visit each individual cruise line websites for complete itineraries, prices, cruise specials and so much more. For those making their final bookings with a professional travel agent for instance, having this information prior is great and they may be able to offer some great additional incentives. 🙂
Some major cruise lines for those in North America to visit should include those I have listed below get you started.
If you prefer not to use the internet, just drop by any reputable local travel agency and pick up some colorful literature on cruises. All the individual major cruise lines have wonderful updated cruise vacation brochures, filled with exciting itineraries, prices, dates, specials and much more.
A great way to get started! 🙂
Internet cruise review websites are also a great resource for reading what others have to say about a particular cruise. Get excellent tips, suggestions, feedback and a lot more to assist in your for cruise planning. Such reputable review sites you can start with are:
Get overall feedback on cruise destinations, cruise lines, service, cleanliness and so on. This all assists in helping to make decisions about selecting a particular cruise line, destination, itinerary and so on.
Reviews are helpful but not something you should solely rely on. Everyone is very different in tastes and expectations. Review sites will give you a general idea and feel for what you may or may not expect on a selected cruise.
I always refer to these review websites for just that, a basic review only and then try to put them all together and make my own conclusions.
Cruise Ships Anchored in St Maarten
Reputable travel companies have endless amounts of information available at your fingertips. Whether you receive the information online or at their door, it is always there for the asking.
Is your life just too busy to take the time to plan that perfect vacation? Well don’t worry, you are like most of us out there in today’s busy world. Cruise planning or for that matter planning any vacation, takes a great deal of time. Travel consultants can assist in the planning process, suggest options and do extensive research for you, saving you valuable time.
The best part of travel consultants is that their advice and suggestions are absolutely free! 😀
So if it is preparing that special retirement cruise just for you or that big family cruise vacation, I know you and your family are sure to have a wonderful time on any cruise you select. We have enjoyed 4 great cruises in the past and always look forward to adding a cruise holiday at some point on our travel adventures.
Safe Travels and Calm Seas!
Did You Know …
” Nearly 90 percent of cruise bookings are sold by travel consultants.”
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