Cruises are the most versatile of vacations regardless of what your age. Not just that, it is an excellent method to bring the whole family but still have time alone with your spouse whilst the kids-only activity coordinators take charge of your children’s fun.
The first step to putting together a great cruise vacation is to find yourself a travel agency that specializes in cruises, or to book directly through a cruise vacation Internet site.
Before you contact the travel agent, though, you need to find out when you’re going, where you are going and from which port you will depart and to which you will return.
You will find a few seasonal rules of thumb about your destination. If you are limited in the time of year you can get away then you’re also considerably limited in your destination. You cannot, for instance, cruise the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska any time during the summer. Europe has around the same seasonal restriction also. If you are thinking about heading out in the spring or fall, you might want to think about an excursion up and down the Panama Canal. Nearly any time of year, including the winter, you are able to cruise to Asia or the Caribbean.
Determine who is going to go with you. Knowing if children or seniors will be a part of your vacation group will affect which trip offers the very best choices of entertainment for your party. Actually, it’s best to gather everyone together, or conduct a phone or e-mail discussion of what everyone desires to do. You would like to know if crafts are essential; how many are going to lounge by the pool; who wants to get off and explore at the first land stop; who prefers exotic locations and who would instead simply play shuffleboard.
The size of the ship can be essential also. Bigger ships have a huge number of entertainment options, like dancing and stage shows, although smaller ships may provide a lower guest to staff ratio, and thus more personal attention to your needs.
Know how much you and the others can spend. If money is a critical factor, look for discounts for booking early, or starting out on a different day or different week from your original request. Staying flexible can save you substantial money. Ask about port fees too. These aren’t usually included in the quoted cruise cost and might cost you dearly. You’ll also be expected to tip room stewards and wait staff.
If you’re not going as a large group and you may be interested in getting to know your fellow passengers then make sure and inquire about the usual demographics of these travelers. If you are 20 something and it is a baby boomer cruise, you’re likely to be bored. If you take your grade schoolers and most of the other kids in their teens, they will not have enough playmates and you will be their entertainment for the extent of the cruise.
One extremely important inquiry to make of your travel agent as well is the formality of the cruise that you are thinking about. If you show up with a suitcase filled with swimsuits, shorts and sunscreen just tofind out formal dress is required at dinner, you’re going to be humiliated or hungry the entire excursion.