The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are…Samuel Jackson
We are constantly reminded of the cost of living. When shopping, we are always on the look out for a “good deal,” particularly on big ticket items.
A cruise vacation is one big ticket purchase where you can still get a good deal.
Cruises are a great way to see and experience several vacation destinations all in one trip. Throw in the onboard dining, entertainment and other programming offered on the ship and you have an all inclusive, fun-filled vacation.
There are too many ships and itineraries to research every cruise line and port of call. If you have a preferred cruise line or know of a highly recommended line, start there when planning your next cruise vacation. Narrow your search to the nights that you have available, the departure dates that work for your schedule and the destinations that interest you the most.
Consider your lodging needs when planning. Is it important to you to have an outside ocean view? Or will you be spending so little time in your cabin that a view makes no difference to you? There are a variety of cabin options: inside stateroom, ocean view, balcony, suite, lower deck, upper deck or poolside. Your lodging prices will range based on the type of accommodations you choose.
Now you’re ready to contact your travel agent. Your travel agent will find you the best deal possible within the destination, date, cruise line, price and lodging parameters that you set. You may have to pay a small deposit to hold the cabin and make a final payment prior to the departure date. Your airfare to get to your ship can be included in the total vacation package; however, you can opt to pay for airfare separately. Your travel professional can take care of these and other vacation-related matters.
Now all that’s left to do is pack your suitcase and get onboard! Cruises have become more casual, but it is wise to check with your travel professional about appropriate dining attire. Most cruise lines now offer open dining, which means that you can eat whenever you want rather than at a scheduled time. However, you still have the option to dine at a specifically scheduled time, if that is what you prefer.
If you belong to a club or other type of group or organization, consider taking a group cruise. They are a great option for girlfriend getaways, family or class reunions, religious groups, alumni associations, fraternities and sororities and business organizations. As an added incentive, cruise lines often offer groups amenities that they do not make available to individual guests.
The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Tahiti, South America, Canada, New England, Asia, Australia and New Zealand—they are all just a cruise away. So put your mind in cruise mode and enjoy the experience.