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How To Choose A Cruise That's Right For You

May 29, 2008
These days there certainly does seem to be a bewildering array of cruise ships and cruise destinations that can make selecting one that's right for you a real challenge. For the first time cruiser, how do you know which is the right cruise for you? It's easy to fall into the trap of believing the common assumption, that a Caribbean cruise is the best one for everyone, because in truth it only suits certain types of people.

What you need to think about carefully is what sort of holiday you usually enjoy. Are you, for example, the sort of person who normally enjoys lounging about on a sunny beach with a cool drink in your hand and nothing much to do? If so, then a Caribbean holiday may very well suit you. However, for those who prefer more adventure and excitement, there are cruises which head out towards Alaska, and will provide you with opportunities to explore and have a real adventure that you normally wouldn't come across.

Still other people prefer the more cultural holidays, enjoying the local traditions, the history of the places, and take advantage of museums, parks and palaces. In this case, a Mediterranean cruise might be ideal, since it usually includes stops at places such as France, Italy and Spain, all of which hold abundant opportunities to explore cultural places.

The important thing to remember is that cruise ships are very much alike once you are on board. The facilities and amenities, and of course the general size, will vary, but on the whole the experience will be relatively similar. The real difference as far as your holiday experience is concerned is when you get off the ship and start exploring the places it has brought you to.

Of course, to some extent you need to think about what your requirements are for the ship itself - and also what facilities you really don't need, because you'll be paying for them anyway. If you don't enjoy swimming, then a cruise ship which has three huge swimming pools on deck will be charging you for their use in the overall price. Choosing a different cruise ship for the similar destination might well reduce the price dramatically.

As well as the type of ship, and its facilities, and the destinations included on the itinerary, one other important factor to consider when deciding which sort of cruise will suit you is the time of year it will be taking place. The most popular times of year are the winter, the spring holiday and the summer. These become very busy, and very booked. Also, of course, the destinations you arrive at will be busy too. The quietest time of year is the autumn, and if you are able to book your cruise for this sort of period you will still be able to enjoy wonderful weather on your trip, but you'll also benefit from a quieter ship, more easily explored destinations, and a slightly more personal service.

Once you have had a think about your preferred style of holiday, possible destinations, needs and facilities you're not interested in, and the time of year you're free to travel, you would be well advised to talk to a travel agent who will be able to take all those factors into consideration, and start providing you with a list of suitable cruises for you to enjoy browsing.
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