If you’ve been considering taking a cruise but you don’t know where to start there are a few simple steps to take to get the ball rolling on your dream cruise holiday.
Find the Right Cruise for You
Before you book, you want to be sure that the cruise you choose suits you and will cater for your holidaying needs. Decide what you want out of your cruise holiday and discuss what you’re looking for with a travel agent or search for cruises online that fit your criteria. For example, if you want to relax and love spa treatments, choose a ship with a great spa and lots of your favourite treatments available. If you’re bringing the kids along, go for a cruise that offers lots of kids’ activities and supervised kids’ groups. The last thing you want is to end up on a cruise that doesn’t fit in with what you wanted out of your holiday.
Decide on Your Destinations
Decide where you want to go – a cruise isn’t just about the journey, it’s also a means of transport to some of the most fantastic coastal locations across the globe. Choose whether you want to watch the ice break up in Alaska, see the historical seaside cities of Europe or soak up the Caribbean sunshine. Once you know where you want to visit, it’ll help you narrow down your cruise options.
Choose the Ideal Package
Now you know where you want to go and have narrowed down your options about which cruise you’re going to choose, have a look at what packages are on offer for you to purchase. Choose a package that fits your budget and your interests. Depending on the cruise line, some cruises offer specific packages that include certain perks, activities, services etc. For example, some cruises have spa packages that include in-spa cabin accommodation and free access to certain spa services. Others offer family packages that include kids’ groups and family activities. Have a good look for a package that will suit you and save you money.
Plan Your Shore Visits
Once you’ve chosen your cruise it’s time to start planning your shore visits. One of the best parts of a cruise holiday is being able to explore a new locale or even a different country. Have a look at what’s available at your destination ports and put together an itinerary to make the most of your visits to shore. It’s a good idea to book ahead for some activities, and many cruise lines offer the ability to book your shore activities through their own providers.
Do up a Budget
Once your tickets are booked, you know what your ticket price includes and excludes, and you’ve planned out your shore visits, it’s wise to do up a budget for all your onboard and onshore expenses. Make allowances for any onboard services and activities that aren’t included in your ticket price but which you’d like to make use of during your cruise (like alcohol, dining at specialty restaurants, spa treatments, room service etc). Also consider your onshore costs for shore visits, like transport, food, and any other activities. And don’t forget to leave some space in the budget for souvenirs!
The planning process is just the beginning of the ultimate luxury cruise holiday of a lifetime. For best results, have a chat to a travel agent to discuss all your preferences and which cruise will be the perfect fit.