Vote It Up When Planning a Cruise

For those who have never had the pleasure of taking a cruise might be a bit daunted by what’s involved in the planning process. While you might know where you want to take your cruise, like the Caribbean or the Greek Isles, there are certain common questions you’ll want to answer as you’re planning the rest of your cruise.

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  1. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    When’s the best time to book a cruise?

    The best time to book a cruise is between January and March, which is considered “wave season.” Cruise lines will drop their rates during this time to entice travelers to think about their cruise ship plans early. It’s best to book your cruise six months to a year before the date of your cruise to get the best deals. The cruise line will have promotions like shipboard credits and discounted airfare if you book during the wave season.

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  2. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    How do I pick the perfect ship?

    You can tailor your cruise based on the size of the ship as well as the availability of onboard offerings. Smaller ships have more intimate gatherings and quiet excursions to smaller ports. They also offer themed cruises, which can be great for singles or older couples. Larger ships can offer tons of amenities since they’re huge. They can offer better prices too. Some smaller ships can offer bargains but they are often known for their all-inclusive prices, which can be a bit more expensive. That can be appealing to many people who take cruises frequently.

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  3. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Do I need travel insurance?

    Insurance can be a tricky subject. There’s much that can go wrong on your trip like sickness, delayed or canceled flights or lost luggage. While many people consider travel insurance to be a wasted expense, it can cover serious problems during your vacation. It’s important to consider whether you want to rely on your homeowner’s insurance, which can cover some expenses on your trip, or rely on your medical coverage in case of sickness. There’s usually a gap between what insurance will pay, and what you’ll have to pay out of pocket. For a short, cheap trip, it might not make sense to take out extra insurance, but a week-long trip that is expensive should be covered with additional insurance.

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  4. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Should I use a travel agent to book my cruise?

    If you have the time and bargain knowledge to search through deals from various cruise lines, you might want to book the cruise yourself. Sometimes, you might luck across a terrific deal with the cruise line itself or a third-party dealer. It can be time-consuming and frustrating to search for your own deals while keeping track of price fluctuations. The alternative is to book with a travel agent. They offer perks like pre-paid gratuities and onboard credit as well as discounts. The choice depends on how confident you feel about getting a great deal for yourself.

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  5. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    What kind of cabin should I choose?

    The kind of cabin that you choose is based on a few factors like budget and whether you get seasick. If you are unsure whether you’ll get seasick, you should find a cabin in the mid-ship down on the lower deck. It’s where you won’t feel as much movement from the ship itself. If you’re on a budget, you’ll want to go with the interior staterooms that don’t have windows. Some of the best accommodations are the ones that have a balcony. You’ll be able to sit on the balcony and see amazing sights while sailing.

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