If you’re thinking about taking a Caribbean cruise to a tropical island destination, here are some tips to keep in mind. These will be especially helpful to those who have never cruised before.
Save with Modest Stateroom
When you go to book your cruise, you’ll notice rooms with a window or balcony cost quite a lot more than interior rooms. While having a window or balcony is certainly nice, it’s also pretty unimportant in the grand scheme. You won’t be spending much time in your room and when you do, you’ll be sleeping most of the time. If you think you can do without the added expense of a window or balcony, you probably can.
Know What You’re Getting
Before booking your cruise, have a good idea what is included in your price. Most cruises include boarding and food but not alcohol. If you’re planning on enjoying some drinks on the ship, bear in mind that you’ll have to pay for them individually. This can add up to quite a lot of money for party-minded cruisers. Another added cost you’ll likely incur on the boat is Internet usage and phone calls. Additionally, spa services, photographs, and shore excursions are also not included in your cruise rate.
Prepare for Boredom
Cruises can be an absolute blast. You’re on a huge ship with other vacationers stopping at ports you’ve likely never visited. Not to take anything away from how fun cruises can be, but it’s worth preparing for some lulls of boredom. After a few days on the boat when you’ve acquainted yourself with everything there is to do, drink, and eat, you might start to feel like you’re just sitting on a boat in the middle of the ocean (which is exactly what you’re doing). Don’t assume the trip will be 24/7 of action and fun. Prepare for things to do if a boring hour or two present themselves: books, DVDs, some writing paper and pen, a camera, playing cards, and board games might all be good things to have on hand. But don’t worry, every cruise has an entertainment director whose job is to keep your trip packed with fun, so chances are you’ll think we’re crazy for suggesting to prepare for boredom.
Are Cruises Kid-Friendly
In a word, yes. Cruises are very kid-friendly. Disney cruises and Carnival cruises are probably the most kid-friendly cruise lines. On-board facilities will help your children connect with other kids of similar age. These activities also buy Mom and Dad some peace and quiet! For your next family vacation, take a cruise. Your family will have a blast!