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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

HOW TO CHOOSE A CRUISE VACATION by Bud

Cruising has become one of the world's favorite ways of taking a vacation for millions of vacationers every year. So if you have been thinking of taking a cruise and have questions on what size ship to go on and how much it costs and where to go maybe we can help make your cruise smooth sailing.

Taking a cruise Is a great way to get away from it all. However cursing probably has more misperceptions than any other type of vacation. People think that cruses are only for newlyweds, fat people or those that are nearly dead. Despite the misperceptions cruses are really popular for many reasons.

You have the luxury of having everything in one place. You have a fine hotel, fine dining and transportation and with over 200 ships to choose from it can really be a hard task picking the right one for you. Buying a cruise is a lot like buying a car because it is an investment of your money and your time. There is such a difference between cruise lines so you want to make sure that the cuisine line you choose fits your lifestyle and offers the vacation package with things you want to do and enjoy.

The best bet is to consult a travel agent as they can give you all the information that you need like what ship, how many days, how much it will cost and make sure you are going where you want to travel to. Your travel agent will also tell you that you are required now to have a passport to take a cruise, so make sure you get yours well in advance.

Do make some important decisions before committing yourself on your cruise. First you must decide if you want to be on a floating city or on an intimate vessel? Next you have to decide which is more important the ship or the ships destination. Another question is where you want to go, like to beaches or historical site?

Not every ship will have the perfect antennary so you will have to make many of these decisions before you invest in your vacation package. Next you will have to decide whether you want to port at one location or a different port every day. You will also have to decide what kind of cabin you will need. Do you need a luxury suite with a veranda, whirlpool and a butler or maybe a budget cabin just to keep your luggage and to sleep will do. Another question is do you like to be dressed in formal attire or is casual attire more to your liking? You don't want to walk around in a Tux when everyone else is in shorts.

What about your choice of food? Do like really good food or do you enjoy just eating gourmet food? And will you be comfortable sitting with 4 -12 strangers or do you enjoy dining alone?

Another big question is do you want to be on a ship with a lot of activity or a ship that you can just relax on? The most important will be if you want to spend as little as possible or just go all the way out with an unlimited budget. Remember the more you pay for your vacation the more you are going to get.

The price is going to be the first thing you are going to consider but don' be shocked the first time you see the cost. Compare it to the cost of a traditional vacation and you will see it is cheaper and more convenient.

If expense is not a real problem then try to get a suite if you plan on spending any time at all in your room. Also get the layout of the ship to study the ship's layout before you book your cabin. And make sure you understand how the cabins are categorized because some do not have any windows and some have balconies and other types of amenities. Some have one bed and others have more. The inside cabins have windows that you can watch all the things going on inside the ship which is really enjoyable and the outside cabins have an ocean view which is wonderful if you have a deck to sit out on for real privacy.

If you are on a budget make sure you do not book the cabins closet to the bow or nearest to the stern. The anchor is in the bow and it is the narrowest part of the ship and when the anchor goes down you are going to know it. Also in the stern is where the thrusters are and you will feel a lot of vibration when the ship comes into port.

The best tip I can give you is never pay list price for your cruise, shop around and get the best deal you can, but once you get the best price be careful and make sure the bargain price includes everything the normal fare includes. Also they do have some additional charges for things like soda, alcohol and the casinos; shops etc. and make sure you do book early as you can save up to 50 percent if you book well in advance.

Though my expertise of being a travel agent I have been working on a travel site for the last 4 years to help people have a better travel experience. Also provide them with ways to save money while on vacation so they can still have a great time with limited resources. With the economy the way it is today even if you are well to do spending all your money on hotels or tickets is foolish when you can get them complementary or free.

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