With your vacation time being the chance for you to unwind from your busy lifestyle and pressures from work, it’s becoming even more important to make sure you pick the right type of vacation for you. Not only will a great cruise trip refresh your batteries and leave you ready to face the world again, it will help de-stress yourself and be beneficial for your health.
Perhaps it’s for these reasons that cruise trips are becoming one of the most popular vacation choices around. After all, what can be more relaxing than lazing on the deck of a large sea cruiser, the waves lapping gently below you, with glorious sunshine and all your needs met by friendly cabin crew. Not to mention some of the exotic locations that are only reachable by water.
However, to ensure that your cruise vacation goes as smoothly as possible, especially if it’s your first one, it’s worth taking the time to ask yourself a few questions about the cruise, and make sure it’s exactly what you’re after:
- Decide who is going on the cruise trip. This might seem fairly obvious, but knowing exactly who it’s tailored for will help you choose the right company.
- How much money you’ll need. Although many things are included in the cruise price, a lot aren’t, such as port duties and similar, so make a sensible budget.
- How long is your vacation? The amount of days you have will have a big say in how exotic your cruise will be – it’s no good planning for a trip that’ll take a minimum 10 days if all you have off is a week.
- When do you want to travel? Much like any other kind of vacation, there are peak times for cruises as well as off-peak times – traveling in spring, for instance, can be a lot less expensive than summer. Also, certain tropical areas (which are highly popular with tourists) are more prone to extreme weather at certain times of the year, so checking that information makes sense too.
- What activities do you want? Since a cruise ship pretty much has to make up for the lack of facilities you would have on a land-based vacation, there are different options available on different cruises – after all, an Arctic cruise is less likely to have sunbathing or watersports.
As well as making a mental note of what you’re looking for in your cruise trip, you also need to make sure you’re prepared for it, since a cruise offers a completely different vacation experience. Therefore, make sure that you have the following taken care of:
- All your travel documents, such as passport and airline tickets (if you’re having to fly out to meet up with your ship). And of course, don’t forget your cruise tickets themselves!
- Vaccination, medical and insurance documents
- Picture I.D., such as a driver’s license, and credit/ATM cards
- Emergency contact numbers
- Cash and/or traveler’s checks
As long as you ensure that you have all the most important information, then you can prepare for your cruise trip like you would for any other vacation, including packing cameras, swimsuits, books, etc. More than anything, though, enjoy!