Cruises are a great way to see the world while enjoying the traveling portion of your vacation. Flying may get you to a particular destination quicker but is not all that comfortable and quite boring. If you plan on hopping around to many different destinations, you will be sick of airports and the amount of time you spent in them and in a plane by the end of the trip. If you travel by car, the trip can become quite frustrating and wear you out before you get where you want to be. However, if you want to make sure that your cruise is perfect, here are a few things you need to know.
What is Included?
While many cruises are all-inclusive, there are some that have events, meals, and activities that must be paid for in addition to the cruise fee. Make sure you know exactly what is included in the cost. You may be able to upgrade to all-inclusive. However, if you look at the itinerary and activities, you may find that paying extra for dinners, a movie, or dance classes is not worth it to you. Consider how much time you will be ashore and what you will be doing while there. If you will be eating most dinners off the boat, you may not want to upgrade.
You should pack a day bag to carry onto the ship with you. It should contain any medications you may need, basic cosmetics, sunscreen, your ID and passport, a swimsuit, and possibly a change of clothes. This will come in very handy while you wait for your luggage to be delivered to your stateroom. While the crew will work hard to get your things to you as quickly as possible, this can sometimes take the better part of the day.
While you can always shop on the ship or at one of the ports-of-call, you should make sure that you have all the different clothing for things. Bring a bathing suit, some gym clothes, casual clothes, and a few nicer things for semi-formal events. Be sure to consider the time of year and the climate of where you will be going too.
Take your time deciding which cruise to take. Do not shop on price alone or you could end going someplace that does not interest you very much. Find the cruise that takes you to all the destinations on your bucket list and then search for pricing deals. Even if you spend a bit more, you will enjoy it more.
For more information, contact your local Royal Caribbean international cruises expert.