How to choose your cruise can be daunting as there are so many cruise lines and itineraries on offer to select from. Where do you start? How do you know which cruise to choose? Will it be for you? You don"t want to spend a lot of money to not enjoy it.
I will discuss an easy step by step process on choosing and booking the best cruise that is perfect for YOU.
First step is to choose your destination or region you want to visit. This is probably the hardest part as there are cruises in virtually every part of the world.
As you can see there are so many to choose from. Therefore, you first need to decide HOW you will choose the cruise you want.
If you’re a cruise junkie, you may already have your favourite cruise lines. If you’re new to this type of travelling, below is a rough guideline on selecting the cruise lines that suits your travelling type.
Older/mature passengers (usually Premium cruiselines) – Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity cruises, Silversea, Oceania Cruises.
Families – Carnival Cruises, Disney Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean.
Mixed age/fun atmosphere – Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, P&O Cruises.
Now that you’ve selected your ideal cruise, its time to book the cabin. Prices will vary according to;
I’m often asked which is the best location and I always say its mid ship. You’ll experience the least amount of movement here. It's an ideal location if you are prone to sea-sickness or don’t want to be rocked to sleep!
Also, avoid the rear end (aft) of the ship on the lower decks – sometimes you may hear the ships' engines.
On the upper decks, avoid the cabins located close or directly beneath the night club. Unless you like to party of course.
Cruise line brochures and their websites always contain a plan of every deck and colour code the cabins according to price. Thereby making cabin selection easy.
Once you’ve booked your cruise online or work with a travel agent, you will receive a confirmation and documentation. Please do take the time to read and check the following.
Theme nights – check if there is a formal or theme night so you can bring appropriate clothing and join in on the fun.
Power points – check if the cabins will have the relevant power points to use your cables and electrical items. If not, be sure to pack a travel adapter with you.
Voltage – check if your cabin offers both voltage types – 110v (USA, Canada) and 220v (Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand).
Weather - check the weather so you can pack appropriately.
Once all the planning and booking is done, all you have to do is try to patiently wait for the sailing date.
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