First time cruiser? Veteran? Thrill seeker? Family man? Single with the world at your feet? Celebrating an anniversary? Honeymoon? No matter where you fit, there’s good news to be had: cruising is for everyone! Don’t think that just because you haven’t been on a cruise before means that there’s nothing interesting in it for you. There’s a cruise line and a cruise adventure for just about everyone. It’s just a matter of finding out where you honestly want to be!
There’s a lot more to a cruise than just showing up, of course. Cruises let you know what’s going on in advance, so you can make good decisions. Deciding where to go can be tricky, but there’s a cruise for everyone as we’ve said. What you need to do is find where you want to go, and figure out how to get there. You might need to take a short flight to the actual port in order to be able to leave.
Do you have a set budget? Even though all inclusive cruises are now the norm, there are still little fees that you need to be aware of. The spa on the cruise ship might not be included in the price, and that means that you’d have to pay for those services. If they don’t accept credit cards, this means that you have to pay in cash. It’s something that you definitely need to be aware of if you’re going to really rock out on the cruise.
You also want to be able to look at what activities are going to be on the ship itself. A lot of people go on cruises thinking that they’re going to be very bored. Not only do you get to go to different ports of call quickly, but you also have a ton of activities on board. There are rock climbing walls, zip-lines, great food, great people, and there are plenty of cruise directors that really do try to give you the best of everything possible while they have your attention.
Yes, you might get seasick but there are over-the-counter medicines for that. Also, a lot of people get over the waves and rocking back and forth rather quickly. If you can handle flying, you’ll be able to handle a cruise ship.
Worried that you won’t meet anyone? The truth is that a lot of people become their most social when it come sot a cruise. They want to be liked and accepted, and they don’t want to ruin the good mood aboard the ship. The truth is that you’ll find plenty of new friends to make. Cruising attracts people from all over the world, from all different backgrounds. You just never know who you’re going to end up talking to. You just never know who you’re going to end up bonding with. You just have to branch out there and find out.
Keep in mind that cruises have very strict deadlines. You’re going to have to put your deposit down for the cruise early. If you need to cenacle, you’ll get your deposit back if you’ve met the deadline to do so. Otherwise, you’re out of luck. Likewise with any other fees — if you don’t back out in time, those fees still get charged to you.
You also need to make sure that you have your passport. Not having the right travel documents is no excuse, because the cruise lines put this information out early. Likewise if you need any type of vaccinations to take place. You can’t just pretend that you didn’t know about it. This information should be given to you early on, and if it isn’t? Ask.
You’ll want to make sure that you’re not packing too heavy in order to get your cruise fun. You want to pack enough clothes where you’ll be comfortable, but not so many that you have four changes of clothes for every single day that you’re going to be there. There are some weekend cruises, but you are better off going with a weeklong trip. That’s where you’ll find the all-inclusive deals.
Just because you’re going on an all expenses set trip doesn’t mean that you won’t want to carry a little bit of money for tips. Many cruise workers do rely on t hose tips, and it’s important to show that you appreciate them making you feel at home.
There are cruises that have fewer children than you might expect, but there are also full out adult themed cruises that have no children at all. What you’re into is what you’re into — we don’t judge around here. Going with a cruise trip that has a theme you’re interested in is the best way to make sure that you get what you’re looking for.
A quick word on food: don’t overindulge. You’re going to just make yourself sick. And while we’re on the topic of things that you will make you sick, don’t try to use your cell phone or even the cruise ship computer kiosk. The costs are huge, and your friends & family can wait to see all of the pictures. It’s really not worth paying the very expensive international charges for phone and data.
Overall, would we recommend cruising? Absolutely. We’ve done a few cruises ourselves and the experience has been sensational. You really can’t go wrong with cruising, especially if you’re on a tighter budget than you would like because of the economy.
Don’t believe us? Just check out one of the many different forums devoted to just cruise travel. You’ll see!