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Tips for Cruise Planning

Post Last Modified – January 11, 2023 ¦

Tips For Planning Your Very First Cruise Vacation

Are you thinking of taking a 🛳 Cruise Vacation, but not quite sure just where and how to begin planning your cruise? ❓ Cruise planning can be a lot of fun if you start out by looking and searching in the right places.  

In this post, I’ve put together a few helpful 🛳 Tips For Cruise Planning, for first time cruisers.

Things we learned from our previous 🚢 cruise vacations and gathered from seasoned cruisers, all to help get you started in the right direction.

First off, I suggest having a look at this short but informative 📹 video. It’s about things to know before cruising, from a leading travel expert.

Cruise Travel Tips – YouTube Video


Tips For Planning Your First Cruise

There are literally hundreds of cruises to choose from around the world, 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?” ❓

 Selecting The Right Cruise – Things To Consider

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Well, the first thing to do is narrow down those hundreds of cruises and 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?

➡   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?

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To me, why is an important question to ask yourself, as well as others who may be traveling with you.  

If the reasons you come up with fit nicely into a cruise vacation, 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 the 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 Consultant at a travel agency. If you are booking on-line on your own, be sure to have answered some of these questions to yourself, well beforehand.

There are literally hundreds of cruises out there to choose from!

As well, be sure to book with a reputable online cruise travel business, or directly with your chosen cruise line.

Your travel agent will ask you these very questions, in order to help narrow down what cruises that are available for you, at your specified time, date and destinations choices.

Get The Whole Family Involved When Choosing Your  Cruise

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When researching and looking at cruises, get everyone involved who will be going on that vacation. It builds excitement and anticipation toward the upcoming holiday.

Everyone gets to offer suggestions, ideas and so much more, in helping select that perfect cruise!

The internet is an excellent research tool, if not the best instant resource to check out when cruise planning.

You can browse reviews from previous passengers on a cruise you may want to select, check itineraries and so much more.

All at your fingertips – instantly!

Research Each Cruise Line Before Purchasing Your Cruise Package

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Be sure to visit each individual cruise line websites for complete itineraries, prices, cruise specials and more.  

For those making their final bookings with and who are taking advantage of the many 👩 Benefits of Booking With a Travel Agent for instance, having this information and doing a little research in advance is great.

Your agent may be able to find and offer some great additional incentives on a particular cruise you have researched!

Some major cruise lines for those in North America to visit should include but not limited to;

✔ Carnival Cruise Line;
✔ Princess Cruises;
✔ Celebrity Cruises;
✔ Royal Caribbean Cruises;
✔ Norwegian Cruise Lines

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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!

You can even download most of their cruise brochures, right from their websites.

A great way to get started! 🙂

Internet cruise review websites are also an excellent resource, for reading what others have to say about a particular cruise. 

Get helpful tips, suggestions, feedback and a lot more to assist in your for cruise planning.

I’ve listed one of my favorite and a very reputable cruise review website below, for you to check out at your convenience .

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📰   CruiseCritic – Cruise Reviews

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 and itinerary.

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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!

I then try to put them all together and make my own conclusions.


Consider Contacting A Cruise Vacation Specialist

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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? ❓

Don’t worry, you’re 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!

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Travel consultants can assist in the planning process, suggest options and do extensive research for you, saving you valuable time.

What people don’t realize is that it costs you – nothing!

Travel agents make their money from the cruise lines, insurance companies, hotels and so forth, that they book with for you.

In most cases they don’t charge you a fee at all, when booking with them. How great is that! 🙂



The best part of dealing with professional travel consultants, is that their advice and suggestions are absolutely free! 😀

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These are just a few First Time Cruisers Planning Tips for you, that I’ve listed here.

Our family have enjoyed 4 great cruises in past years and we always look forward to adding a cruise vacation at some point, as part of our travel adventures.

Update – Cruise Sailings Have Resumed
COVID-19 TRAVEL update

I received an 📧 email newsletter from my Professional Cruise Consultant that I normally book with. I thought I would pass it on for those who may be wondering what is happening in the cruise industry.

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I was recently looking at some cruises in 2023 for some clients. I am surprised to see many sailings already filling up or even – Sold Out! 😲

The cruise lines are expecting pent up demand for travel, as cruising has resumed once again.

It appears for those of you who may be thinking of an upcoming cruise vacation, now may be the time to book that cruise!

Great Travel Deals

I receive 📧 email travel newsletters almost daily and there are some incredible cruise deals, with incentives such as; free gratuities, shore excursions, free wi-fi and more available.

If you meet the necessary health requirements to cruise, this may be the time to catch those fabulous deals before they’re gone!

😎 Safe and Healthy Travels!

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