BOOKING FOR CRUISES WITHOUT ANY BRUISES
For people who have never booked a holiday on a cruise ship before, it can be a little daunting to know where to begin when doing so. Word of mouth is all well and good, and actually it is a good idea to do a little research online, firstly to find reputable travel agents who are experienced in arranging cruise-style holidays and also to read accounts from other travelers who have already been on the trip that you are planning, you never know, there may be something that you have overlooked that would make this a holiday that is not for you!
Choosing your cabin, destinations, flights and transfers, it is a lot to organize with no help at all, and so easy to make a mistake, that many cruise lines do not even give customers the option for booking cruise online as they know from experience how complicated it can be. Also, cruise liners will only be able to advise you on the specific cruises they have on offer, whereas a travel agent can help you choose which particular cruise line is most suited to your own needs.
Take time to speak with a few different travel agents to find one who you are happy with, shop around until you are satisfied you are dealing with an agent who knows exactly what they are speaking about, and make sure you write a list of questions that are important to you and make sure you get answers to each of them. Here are a few ideas for information that you need to know.
Firstly, where do you want to go? Jot down the countries that you are wanting to visit and see which cruises cover the destinations that are of interest to you. The more popular your destinations, the greater choice of cruise liners you will have to pick from.
Which ship will be best suited for my holiday? Be sure to ask about on-board entertainment and also find out about mealtimes and what kind of foods will be served. Larger ships have all manner of ways to keep you occupied while on board, from swimming pools to libraries, ice-rinks to health spa’s and nightclubs to ballrooms, it’s up to you to check which is right for you.
What will I get for my money? It is vital to know what you will have to pay for on-board the ship. It is normal for food to be included, plus the use of facilities that are provided, however some will charge for fine dining, spa treatments and use of sports facilities. Also, find out if port taxes are included in the cost of your cruise.
Remember, to make the most of your holiday, find out everything you can before you go, this way, you’ll be cruising through your vacation and having the splendid experience you deserve!