Whether you travel with your family, lover or by yourself, choosing for a first time cruising experience will surely offer lots of options. We know how is it when you are having your first cruise. There’s plenty of enthusiasm, issues and questions you need to know to start planning your travel.
First of all, it is important to decide who’s going on this vacation with you. Is this cruise for your entire family, including your kids? If the answer is yes, you should oriented for large ships with many entertainment options for both parents and children to have a lot of fun. It is recommended to focus more on a kids-oriented cruise ship, like Disney cruise, for example, that will have Disney characters on the boat to entertain all passengers.
Even if you choose to travel in a friends group is going to be a lot of fun and you may probably get several package discounts, depending on what type of cruise you are choosing and if it’s off or on season. Things are different when you are opting for a romantic getaway with your partner, because the main focus will be on relaxing and enjoying the view, visiting the spa or looking for sightseeing to discover new places.
No matter your type of cruise chosen, it is useful to:
- find out more about what is covered for the cruise before you pay the fees. Although many cruises have an “all inclusive” system including accommodation, food and alcohol services , spa, excursions and other activities offered for free, it is indicated to check the before you book the cruise.
- decide early time for shore excursions, in order to take advantage of all involved activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving or bike tours, depending on the offer. Decide what you want to do as soon as possible (to make sure it is still available) and sign up for it.
- take on the necessaries and don’t over pack. This can be considered the gold rule for any trip, because you avoid carrying things you don’t use in your journey. Moreover, depending on which cruise you go, some state rooms aren’t too roomy by definition. Probably because there are cruises with a casual dress code, so no need to take special clothing or extra bags. Try to think smart and practical, carrying only the necessaries.
- be realistic on the budget – One of the most important aspect to consider while going on a first time cruise. Decide how much money do you want to spend and think of a realistic budget, because a cruise is different from a regular travel destination in an European capital, for example.