Now that the holidays are over and a new year began, it’s time to start planning the summer holiday. I know what you’re thinking and let me tell you that no, it’s not too early to do that. Until me and my family decide on what type of holiday we want, on a specific location and all the other stuff that’s important in a vacation like budget, activities and so on, I realize that it’s spring already.
This year, we decided to do something different, something special, at least for me because my husband has done this before. This year we want to go on a cruise. I am super excited over this idea and frightened because I don’t really know how to swim and because of that I am super scared of water, but I have to go over my fear one day, right?
So, a cruise! Well, guys let me tell you that if you think that you just need to book one and you’re done you’re mistaken! It’s even more difficult to plan than a normal holiday, so if you haven’t booked a cruise until now, read on because I have some beginner tips for you that might come in handy.
Set a budget
This is the trickiest part in my opinion because you can never fully anticipate how much will everything cost, but you can make an idea of it. You can, however, set a maximum budget and do your very best to stay between those lines and not go overboard. Usually on a cruise, most of the stuff on board like activities, food is free but there are also things that you have to pay for, so keep that in mind. Also, if your ship stops in several cities, you will want to check them out and that also costs money, so take everything into consideration before you book this holiday.
Which type of cruise is right for you?
Who knew that there were more types of cruises? I didn’t! Well, there are quite a few and if you want to be 100% that you will have the perfect cruise experience, you have to decide which one is better for you. I am talking here about the Ocean Cruise, a cruise that is like a floating hotel that sails through the ocean while you enjoy all the hotel’s amenities provided. It has casinos, swimming pools, theaters, restaurants, shopping centers or boutiques, spas, gyms and more.
Decide how long you want to cruise
If you just want to try it out, opt for a three-day cruise. Normally, cruises start at three nights and can go anywhere from seven to fourteen days. But there are also world cruises that can last as long as three months.
My advice is if you are going to cruise in Europe you should pick a fourteen-day cruise because of the expense and long plane rides to get to your port of embarkation. If you live near a port and you just want to take a long weekend choose a three or four-day cruise. Decide what cruise travel is best for you.
Choose the perfect destination for you and your family
The cruise lines have a variety of destinations to choose from. Visit your cruise travel agent to go over the different itineraries or check out the individual websites of the cruise lines. Make sure that the destination you picked suits everyone’s desires and go for it!
Cruise vacations do not necessarily mean that you have to spend all your vacation time onboard. All the cruise ships offer land and shore excursions. Land excursions are a great way to explore different cultures and destinations when taking a cruise vacation. You can choose from many activities once you reach a port of call. You can go kayaking, scuba diving or go shopping in the markets of the ports of call.
After a lot of research, I came to the conclusion that the P&O Cruises ship is the best option for my family. The ship looks great, they have good entertainment, a pool for the kids, a spa for mummy and everything we need to make this holiday unforgettable.
Following these tips will give you some ideas on planning your cruise vacation properly because only proper planning will give you an exciting cruise experience