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How To Book Your First Cruise
For those who are thinking about getting on board a cruise ship, here are five considerations for your first cruise. 1. Cruise lines have distinct personalities. It's good to know which crowd each line caters to. Discriminating travelers pay a premium to indulge aboard such luxury lines as Radisson Seven Seas and Silversea. More affordable luxury can be found aboard Crystal.
Holland America ships are refined and exude class. Princess is both posh and pioneering. Disney beckons the whole family. Carnival boasts a fleet of "fun ships". 2.
Timing is everything. The time of year you cruise dictates a lot. Cruises during summer and holiday school breaks will always have more children and families. Booking cruises well in advance of their sailing date can often translate into significant savings. Sailing in a region during its slow season (i. the Caribbean in summer) is usually less expensive as well. 3. Ship size matters. Smaller ships (500 passengers or less) provide an intimate environment that often features highly personalized service and unique itineraries.
Medium-size ships (between 500 and 1,000 passengers) have a fair amount of onboard activity and entertainment without the volume of people found aboard a mega ship. Large ships (1,000 passengers or more) cater to travelers who crave great, diverse amounts of organized entertainment, high-tech facilities and plenty of new friends. 4. Different regions have a different focus. Canada/New England cruises are perfect for exploring the historic towns along the east coast. Nature lovers fall in love the first time they cruise Alaska. The Mediterranean is perfect for diving into other cultures. Adventure abounds along the Panama Canal. Fun and sun can always be found in Hawaii and the Caribbean. 5.
Voyages come in all lengths. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), nearly one-third of all cruises are out to sea for five days or less. Short trips are economical, great for first-time cruisers who want to test the waters and increasingly popular. Most trips last a week or so, but some last as long as a year. More often than not, the shorter the cruise is, the younger the crowd will be. It's not hard to find the best price. Just a little of your time is required. * Determine what cruise line you may be interested in. * Visit a local travel agent and pick up several cruise brochures. * Find the area that you want to cruise.
* Often, a good quote that you'll receive will be 50-60% off brochure prices. Royal Caribbean, Carnival, NCL, Celebrity, and Princess are the most popular First Time Cruiser’s choices. Cabins are not all alike. Depending on the ship, they range from just bigger than closet-sized spaces without windows (commonly referred to as inside cabins) to apartment-sized suites with verandahs and hot tubs. And, of course, they are priced accordingly. When you have decided what cruise line you would like to go on, * You need to decide what ship to go on. * Decide the type of cabin that you would like to stay in. o Inside cabins (no window) are the least expensive o Outside cabins will have a window. After that, come the o Balcony cabins.
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