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It’s Time To Plan Your Christmas Cruise!

We love the idea of traveling during Christmas time, even though some people are pretty much dead set against it. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to go ahead and have a good time at Christmas, even though a lot of people assume that the time you have is sacred and off limits. Why is that? Christmas should be a time where you spend it however you want, with whoever you want. There’s nothing like being able to rest and enjoy yourself.

Yet do you really want to do the hotel shuffle again? That can get a little old. If you really want to do something fun, it’s time to think about a Christmas cruise. OK, you might be reading this and thinking that there are still several months before Christmas, so how can we even start talking about a cruise? The truth of the matter is that cruises matter all the time, and the longer you schedule your cruise in advance, the more streamlined it will really be. When it comes to something like traveling during the holidays, you really don’t want to wait till the last minute. All that will cause is for you to end up paying a lot more than you really should, and who really wants to do that?

That’s what we thought.

There are a lot of different Christmas time cruises to choose from, and the one you want will depend on…well, your actual wants and desires. Do you want to have more of a freeform experience, or do you really need something that’s more regimented and scheduled in order to have a good time? Do you want a ship that has a lot of amenities, or can you deal with more of a barebones experience that just lets you enjoy time out at sea with a good book? The prices are going to range a bit, but you’ll save money by traveling with a friend. This is because you will avoid having to pay single occupancy rates, or dealing with having a random roommate assigned to you. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with that, so make sure that you really do plan ahead of time to get things done.

Keep in mind that the inclusive rates you see on cruises often don’t include all of the airfare. Even if they do, it’s only the airfare to actually fly to the destination itself — if you live in an area where you’d have to make two flights, you can bet that you’re going to pay for at least one of them.

Now is the perfect time to think about planning your Christmas cruise — why not get started today?

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Is It Too Early to Start Thinking About Christmas?

Vacation planners, unite! You’re definitely in good company. Yes, we know that now there is a trend going around where you just drop everything and take a vacation, but that’s really not our style. In the case of holiday vacations, you really can’t just drop everything and go. For starters, you’re going to end up paying a lot more money at the last minute traveling like this, and you’re going to be fighting a lot more people for the same services across the board. This is a nightmare that you don’t really want to live, trust us. We’ve waited till the last minute to travel during a major holiday and it’s backfired in so many terrible ways.

So when one of our travel leaders asked about whether or not it’s too early to start thinking about Christmas, we had to laugh. Folks, it’s never too late to think about Christmas travel. Heck, some people plan their next Christmas vacation right after they get home from the previous one. We’re not that extreme, but planning a few months in advance isn’t as crazy as you might think.

If you’re going to go on a Christmas cruise, it’s downright necessary. You’re going to have to turn in your deposit and other fees early so that the trip planner knows how many people are actually going. Sure, there are chances to do a last minute cruise here and there, but we can’t vouch on the quality aspect. We think that cruises and vacations in general are better when you actually can take time in advance to plan things out. We’re not fans at all of this new revolution where everyone just drops things and travels at the last minute. It’s hard to get things under your control in this case and really, we like having things under control as much as possible.

So, where do you really begin? Like any other trip, Christmas vacation is going to have some common themes. You’re going to want to think about how to get there, where to stay, how much to spend, what to do, and who to take with you. Yes, we assume that you’re going to take at least one person. Even though we’re fans of solo travel, Christmas is a time to connect with people. You have the rest of the year to think about solo travel. To get your social interactions on, you should try to take at least one person. This can be your significant other or even a coworker from work — we’re not picky here. Just make sure that you’re not going to be alone. The reason why we say that is because a lot of our friends traveled solo for Christmas, and they hated being reminded that they didn’t have anyone with them.

The money is going to be the next issue. If you’re traveling during the Christmas season, there are a lot of things that are going to be demanding money from you — and a lot more money than other points of the year. Don’t like it? Travel at another time of the year. The major venue operators around the world know that if you won’t pay the rate, another person will. That’s called supply and demand, the laws o f economics are actually not on your side at all. There are deals to be had though, but they’re going to go to the people that actually take time to sniff out the deals. If you’re just going to laze about on this topic, you’re better off either paying the asked-for price, or traveling at another time of the year.

Now, we don’t mean to be downers here — there’s a lot of fun to be had at Christmastime, especially if you’re going to travel somewhere that actually has a warm climate during a time where most places are going to expect snow. Just make sure that you plan ahead, budget smart, and keep a wide list of things to do — you’ll be just fine!