Cruise vacations are becoming more and more popular during the past years up to the present day because these trips are seen as fun, affordable, romantic, and worry-free ways to see amazing destinations in one trip. Cruise shipping companies have added a more vessels to their fleet of cruise ships and travel agencies have customized a number of cruise packages for every type of budget to meet the growing demand of travelers around the world.
When planning to go on a cruise, several decisions have to be made. It is not easy to choose from the hundreds of attractive offers byvarious travel and booking agencies but it can be done well with careful selection of travel specifications. Initially, you should sort out your travel needs and preferences. These are the questions you must ask yourself:
What specific type of cruise do I like?
What is my itinerary for this trip?
What size of ship do I want to ride?
Do I want to cruise on the latest and modern ship, or do I want a classic boat that is on its last voyage?
How much do I intend to pay for a cabin?
Do I want a private veranda and pay extra for it?
When is the best season to go to this specific destination I chose?
What type of food do I prefer to have during the cruise, which cruise provides this?
What activities or entertainment do I prefer to find during the cruise?
With whom will I be sharing the cruise? (types of passengers, nationalities, groups)
What is the age range of the cruise passengers? Do I prefer a family-friendly cruise?
Once these specifications are clear, then the initial stage of cruise planning is set. There are many other factors to know about cruise vacations. Some cruises spend more time at sea while some dock on ports every few days. There are cruises that are organized for educational purposes or enrichment experiences such as seminars, missions, and the like. You have a wide range of choices available, so choose and plan carefully in order to maximize your enjoyment within the budget you planned for your vacation cruise.
© Athena Goodlight (repost from January 2013)