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Feb 26, 2008
European discount cruises have always been popular for cruise enthusiasts. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or planning your first trip on a ship, there are several important things to keep in mind before calling your travel agent.

Here are a few tips to help you plan for your European discount cruise:

1. The time of year: While "Paris in the springtime" does sound very romantic, the truth is that you are quite likely to spend many days in your cabin, because the weather can be cold and rainy. However, the French Riviera in the springtime boasts warm temperatures, sunshine and beautiful locations to visit. If you are not sure of the particular weather patterns of the places you plan to visit, it is a good idea to check with your travel agent. They can advise you on rainy seasons or other weather-related issues for traveling to a specific holiday location.

2. Your Budget for the trip: Decide how much you have to spend, and do not forget to include all the extras like tourist attractions, transportation, souvenirs and meals, which are typically more expensive in Europe than in the states. A typical dinner can cost upwards of 50 Euros per person, especially in the cities. Look at the current exchange rate between your currency and the country you will be visiting, so you have a much better idea of what the cost of your vacation is actually going to be. Consult your travel agent on the availability of European discount cruises and ask what time of year is best for finding such discounts.

3. What is the Political Climate: While most countries that rely on tourism make every effort to ensure the safety of tourists, these days it is always a good idea to keep up on the current political climate of the countries you are planning to visit during your European discount cruise. Especially if the particular country being visited, has had a problem in the past.

4. Try to pack lightly: Most travelers take far too much on vacation, and thus, they end up lugging heavy suitcases and bags along that are filled with items that they either don't use or need. Therefore, when planning for European discount cruises have a look at your current wardrobe and try to pack as lightly as possible. Just take only what you will need. If you find that you need something, the chances are that you can get it once you reach your destination.

5. Most importantly, just have fun! Make sure that you are organized, make your plans and expect the best from your European discount cruises. Once you are on your vacation you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself if everything is planned and organized properly. However, there are few "perfect" vacations, so if something does go wrong, try to relax and "go with the flow" as much as you possibly can. Experienced travelers say that sometimes their best cruises have been the ones where the unexpected happens. Always check with your travel agent as information can change in regards to travel destinations. New places may become popular as well.
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