If you are thinking of going on a cruise but in two minds, what is putting you off? Is it the costs you think are involved or something else?
It might seem to you as if practically all your friends are going away on exotic vacations which involve cruises; it might seem to you that you can go on such vacations only in your dreams. Well, dreaming about going on a cruise may in reality be your first step towards taking one!
If your information about cruises is primarily from what your friends tell you, then you are most likely to think of them as extremely expensive and difficult to organize.
Where to get on your cruise
Cruise lines do have to dock at a port for stocking up on their supplies and for refueling. Should you be lucky enough to be living close to a shipping port, and then it’s just a matter of having to drive up to the Liner to be able to go on a cruise. If this were not the case then you would of course have to spend some effort and money on getting there. However this in itself may not be a deciding factor in taking the cruise both from a monetary as well as organizational angle. The important factor is to identify which port of destination that you would like to sail to. The choices seem limitless ranging from Alaska and Norway to New Zealand, spanning all the oceans of the world and all the climates that you may want to experience.
When is the best time to cruise?
The next step after deciding on your cruise destination is to decide on the season and time of your cruise. Although this may depend more on when you will get your holiday from work, it might be prudent to do some research on the weather conditions in the port of destination during the time of your cruise, considering that the seasons are opposite in different parts of the world. You would surely not want to be caught unawares to face the dangers of sailing in icy waters.
How long should you cruise for?
The third choice that you have to make is the length of the cruise that you wish to take. Even though cruises are normally for four to twelve days, you can even take a short cruise taking up just a weekend, if you live close to a port. During the pandemic, Disney was doing 2-day cruises where they just went out to sea for a bit and created their magic on board.
Costing would probably be another important aspect to consider while planning a cruise. You can either go for an all-inclusive fare or go in for a cruise that offers luxuries like massages and beauty salon services as extras. This way you can decide whether you want to use such luxuries or not. The tariff for the cabin too is variable depending on the location and the amenities that go with it. Starting from ordinary cabins on the inside, which do not cost much, you have a wide variety right up to cabins with fabulous views of the water and cabins with balconies too.
Having got all this information, you are now ready to start making your cruise travel plans. If you are a member of AAA or some other similar organization, then you can just choose from one of their holiday packages. Otherwise, you can surf the internet and get all the information that you need, in addition to listening to the boastful stories recounted by those who have just returned from a memorable cruise to make an informed choice and you are sure to enjoy your Cruise holiday.