Cruising is an ideal vacation. There is a world of variety available. It is important to do a bit of research in order to choose the right ship, the right destination, the right mix of passengers for your needs.
If you’ve never cruised before, I would suggest you start out with one of the three or four day itineraries to the Bahamas or Baha Mexico to whet your whistle. The ships in those markets are not the mega-size but will give you a good taste of what
cruising is like. They are still very nice ships with all the excitement and
amenities cruising offers and you can see if you enjoy ship life, being waited on
by extremely attentive staff, having nonstop activities of every kind. Rarely, do
passengers not become cruising enthusiasts.
Next, explore the different cruise lines and ask questions of your family and friends who have cruised. There are also very good cruise websites such as www.cruisecritic.com where you can communicate with frequent cruisers and get feedback on particular ships, what to pack, even which staterooms are best. If you’re young singles, you would definitely not want to cruise on a ship that caters mainly to seniors! Itineraries are very important as well. Initially, I wanted to go to Caribbean destinations and I had to be in port every day or I was psychotic. As I grew older, I found I liked to have a day at sea in between a port – and I wanted to travel other places. I love Mediterranean cruising and the capitals of
Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, Russia was one of the most beautiful cruises I
ever did – as was one from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. Now, I
even enjoy the transatlantic crossing with six days at sea – and they can be a
Ships range from small to mega vessels holding over 3500 passengers. Choose accordingly. Most are elegant, some with priceless art collections, beautiful atriums, lovely showrooms, spas to rival those on land, indoor swimming pools,
gorgeous dining rooms. Cabins, unless you can afford the large suites, are not
huge – but most of your time is usually spent out and about on the ship. Regular
cabins are intimate, to say the least and the bathrooms are tiny – again, if you
have money to burn ( I usually prefer to spend mine on another cruise! ), larger
cabins have larger bathrooms.
Most cruise lines don’t have classes ( other than on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and other
ships of that company ) so all passengers eat in the same dining rooms
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