5 Tips for Planning a Cruise
It wouldn’t be too far from the truth to claim that planning your cruise is the hardest part of your holiday. Deciding on where to go, when to go, who to go with, what cabin to choose, etc. – it can feel a little overwhelming at times. But it doesn’t have to be. If you prepare in advance, ask experienced cruisers loads of questions, and do your research online, then you can book a cruise holiday without even breaking a sweat. Here are five tips that you can use the next time you’re about to book a cruise holiday.
Check whether the Cruise Line Fits your Style
It’s important to understand that there are so many cruise lines out there, each catering to different segments of the market. Make sure you do your research and choose a cruise line which has a vision that aligns with your holiday style or general situation. For instance, booking your family on a luxury cruise line when you have small, rambunctious kids is perhaps not a great idea. Luxury cruise lines generally won’t offer the kinds of services and facilities that families with young children need to have an enjoyable holiday. At the other end of the spectrum, older and mature couples may find a cruise line that caters to the younger crowed a little off-putting. They may feel more comfortable on a luxury line instead.
Choose your Cabin Based on the Season and Location
Don’t just blindly book your cabin type without considering the season and location of your cruise. If you do, then you may just waste your money on a cabin type you really can’t take advantage of. For example, you may not want to book an inside cabin during the summer months - an oceanview or balcony cabin will mean that you can enjoy sunrise/sunset and ocean views from the privacy of your own room, and if you get a balcony cabin, you can even enjoy an alfresco room service breakfast. During winter, you may prefer an inside or oceanview room so you can snuggle up indoors.
Check what other Events are on during your Cruise
Before settling on specific dates, do some research online and see what other festivals or events take place during the time you intend to travel. If you can line up a cruise to coincide with, for example, Carnival in Venice or the Chelsea Flower Show in London, then that may just help you make your decision.
Pay Attention to the Fine Print
They say that the devil is often in the details. This certainly holds true when planning and booking your cruise holiday. Make sure you pay close attention to the fine print and get informed before making a decision. For example, some cruise lines – such as Carnival Cruise Line Australia – give passengers the choice between different meal options onboard through their ‘Your Choice Dining’ option. This means you’re not limited to dining at the same time every night, or at the same table with the same people. Other cruise lines offer a whole range of extras that others don’t. If you feel you may like to partake in these extra inclusions, then take this into consideration when choosing your cruise.
Take out travel insurance as soon as possible
Last but certainly not least, take out a travel insurance policy as soon as you know you’re going to travel. Most travel insurance companies provide cover for a large array of risks that can be associated with travelling, including (but not limited to) medical emergencies, flight delays that can cause you to miss your cruise, or lost luggage. Travel insurance will allow you to travel with peace of mind, knowing that someone will be there to take care of everything should anything go wrong.
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