If you are one of the over 11 million expected to enjoy a cruise vacation around the US this year, we are hear to help you. Start planning and make the most of your cruise with some helpful tips to get you started from Castaways Vacation Club.
Choose the right cruise – Cruises and liners vary greatly in activities, things to see, other travelers and even size. From small luxury cruises to larger liners catering to thousands of travelers at once, the first step to making your cruise great is to choose the right cruise. If you are not traveling with kids for example, and are hoping to get away from them, you will likely not choose a liner catering to families. There are a number of cruise lines which cater to individuals and couples.
Pack right – While you can find most anything you forgot onboard however, it will cost you a pretty penny. While you don’t want to pack heavy due to the cost, you also don’t want to be left in the cold. Start packing long before your trip, make a list, talk to others who have taken similar cruises at a similar time of the year and find out what else you may want to bring for example, should you have shorts or pants, a jacket or will a sweater do? Ask the right questions and pack for success.
Know the cost and what you are willing to pay – A budget is important for most travelers. While most cruises are quite affordable to begin with, it is the extras that you didn’t prepare for that can break your budget. Know the cost before you go. Plan a bit of your budget for extra fun like an hour at the spa or a dinner in one of the fine dining experiences on board or perhaps some gaming. Cruise ships are basically floating cities, prepare to have fun.
Debarking doesn’t have to be miserable – Most of us are far from ready for the trip to be over, however, just because the cruise is over, doesn’t mean it has to be an unpleasant part of the journey. While no one likes dealing with a crowd, chances are you will have to deal with some when you are getting off the ship. A great way to make the most of this time is to relax. Rather than rushing to be one of the first off the ship, just relax, you have a little time. Plan your flight for a little later and relax and enjoy the extra few minutes to let the crowds thin out a bit.
Castaways Vacation Club wishes you bon voyage. Make the most of your journeys by becoming a prepared traveler and let us help you.