Planning and booking a cruise
By Dan Kricke
As the characters on HBO’s Game of Thrones are fond of saying: “Winter is coming.” But that’s no reason to lock yourself in your home and hibernate until spring. Instead, it’s a great reason to plan a tropical cruise to take your mind off the icy winds and below-freezing temperatures. But there’s more to planning a cruise than just picking an ocean liner and setting sail towards the southern hemisphere.
Getting to your cruise
Unless you already live near the coast, you’ll find that it’s sort of difficult to take a short drive to your cruise of choice. Chances are your cruise vacation will actually start with a flight. As long as you’re not trying to fly during a holiday, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about outrageously-priced flights. Booking agents like OneTravel usually offer deals for a variety of different airlines too.
Enjoy more of your cruise by extending your vacation
Remember, you’re on vacation. It’s the one time in your life when you’re not obligated to run around at everyone else’s whim. If you want to experience the local flavor of your coastal destination before you set sail, why not arrive a night early? Book a hotel using a site like TripAdvisor. It’s never a crime to relax and indulge yourself!
You’re on a boat
Okay, you’ve flown to the coast, checked out the beach, and are finally ready to hit the water. Now what? The fun part, of course! Choosing your cruise is really all about the particular brand of wish fulfillment you’re looking for. If you’re traveling with family or are just a more light-hearted person, perhaps a Disney Cruise is what the doctor ordered. For something a little more luxurious, there’s the Celebrity Cruise line. If neither of those sound appealing, you can always go with the tried-and-true Carnival Cruise line which has a nice blend of amenities for the price.
No matter which option you choose, don’t forget to have fun on your well-deserved vacation.