If you want to visit numerous destinations then why not book a cruise? Here are 5 simple steps to help you, including where to find the best deals.
1.Where Do You Want To Go?
Write down a list of places you would love to visit.
2.What Time Of Year Are You Looking To Travel?
If you are restricted to particular travel dates this will get your long list down to a handful of options as some destinations are seasonal.
3.Who Are You Travelling With?
Do the people in your party have particular needs? Maybe someone has mobility issues or you are travelling with children. If you need a wheelchair adapted cabin or kids clubs, these are things that need to be taken into consideration from the outset.
4.What Is Important To You In Terms Of Onboard Experience?
Are you a night owl, culture vulture or triathlete? Cruise lines offer such a vast array of onboard experiences now. Expert lectures, sports and fitness facilities, entertainment, spa and much more, so you can tailor your cruise to the lifestyle you love.
Does the idea of being overcrowded concern you? Generally speaking cruises are not crowded. On the larger ships, there are certain events onboard that do attract a lot of guests. To avoid this completely, either stay away from these areas at specific times, (which also means other areas are quieter) or don’t choose a cruise that is aimed at a party crowd. This is usually dictated by destination, time of year and price.
Once you have drawn up your list and narrowed it down, you are ready for the fun part, finding your perfect cruise. You can choose to do this yourself by researching online, or maybe you will want a travel professional take care of everything for you.
5.Cruise Deals and Promotions
If you are looking to travel during peak times, I suggest booking as early as possible. This will help you to secure exactly what you want.
Promotions are generally available every few months for bookings made in advance. These more inclusive deals could include a drinks package for just a little more than the original price advertised. For those of you who like to relax with a glass of wine could find this a great cost saving.
Please note, the cruise line will not allow you to swap a free drinks package for something else or reduce the cost of the cruise if you want to exclude this package.
Your promotion could include free spending money, which you can use towards purchases onboard. This can be anything up to $1000 per stateroom, which offers amazing value for money. Examples of onboard purchases are spa and beauty treatments, shore excursions, shopping, duty free and on some cruise lines you can use it in the casino. Other promotions might include complimentary shore excursions, free flights, upgraded stateroom, free wifi, speciality dining and more. Each cruise line will offer different promotions, so be sure to check each one to see what deal suits you best.
Deals are usually on sailings closer to departure. As a result there may be limited availability, which means you may have to compromise your wish list slightly.
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