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Cruise in 2013
Cruise in 2013

To cruise or not to cruise? Tips for getting the best out of your cruise in 2013

Going on a cruise doesn’t automatically mean sailing around the Caribbean on a huge ship for seven days in the height of summer. Cruises come in all shapes and sizes and it’s possible to find something to suit your holidaying tastes at any time of year.

If you’ve been thinking about taking a cruise for a while, but you’re not sure what’s available and you’re not sure about how to prepare, take advantage of the information listed below. It’s been impossible to include everything there is to know about cruises, but what has been listed is bound to get you moving in the right direction. Your dream cruise experience will finally be within reach.

When to book?
There’s no real great time to book a cruise. Offers are available all year round and finding the best deal has more to do with being alert and open to the idea of travel on a daily basis than anything else. If you’re looking to find late cruise offers now, take the time to read the rest of this short post for ideas and inspiration. There’s more to booking a cruise in 2013 than one might think.

River cruise or ocean cruise?
Ocean cruises seem to give off an air of luxury and glamour, but a river cruise has a lot to offer and can actually trump the ocean cruise in a number of ways. River cruises tend to include less time out on the water and more time docking at destinations on route which means that you get to explore more of the places you visit. If you have an explorer’s spirit, the river cruise is probably going to appeal to you more than the ocean cruise for this reason.

The awesome expanse of the ocean can be impressive at first glance and can be entertaining for a while, but after a few days of being onboard and seeing nothing but water, the idea of seeing a little scenery starts to become very appealing. With a river cruise, there is always something new to look at. River cruises are available all over the world, but North American and European river cruises are really popular.

Is luxury important to you?
Think about what it is you want from your cruise before you buy. If luxury really is important to you, it’s best to pay out the extra costs. Enjoyment is the key and well worth the extra expense, particularly if going on a cruise is going to be a once in a lifetime experience for you.

Luxury cruises guarantee more space and less crowds. If lots of people queueing up in restaurants at dinner time is going to ruin your cruise, go for a luxury package and pay out for the extra space. Luxury cruises also promise gourmet dining opportunities. If food is a big part of your life and you love going to great restaurants when at home, don’t hold back when it comes to your cruise. Pay more and dine like royalty. It will be the best way for your to ge the best out of your cruise experience.

A number of luxury cruises will also take you to less frequently-visited destinations and this means that, not only will your experience be more exclusive, but it is likely that the destinations you visit are not going to be full of other cruisers who have just arrived from other cruise ships too.

What’s in a cabin?
Every cruise ship is different and sometimes the long list of cabin categories can be a little overwhelming, particularly if you have never seen the inside of a cruise ship before and you don’t know what to expect. However, in general, there are really only four kinds of cabins available on any cruise ship: inside, outside, balcony and suite.

The inside cabins don’t have a window and are located in the centre of the ship. They’re not great if you don’t like being enclosed, but they’re better for you if you are prone to a little seasickness, because they are not really affected by the ship’s movement. Outside cabins are located on the edge of the ship and have a small porthole window so you can see out across the sea.

Balcony cabins are great if you are travelling with babies or toddlers. You are likely to spend a lot of time in your cabin if you have a very small person in tow. Having a balcony means your baby can sleep, whilst you still enjoy being outside. Enclosed cabins for people travelling with babies can be very depressing. Choose a suite, with your own bathroom attached, for the top-end of luxury. Suites can also be essential choices for people travelling with small children. They make looking after your baby a lot easier.

Can shorter cruises be just as fun?
As a final thought, the short cruise option can be a really great choice for people who have a smaller budget to play with or for those travellers who want to try a cruise but aren’t quite sure whether or not it will be the kind of holiday for them. Short cruises are great little “taster” exercises in this respect.

There are loads of three, four and five-night cruises available all over the world. Packing is easy for a short cruise, because you’ll probably only need to bring hand luggage with you and some options cost as little as $50 a night.

Author Bio
Tracey Chandler is a freelance writer from London, UK. She specialises in features for female-interest publications, shorter posts for travel blogs and she manages her own online travel publication, The Jolly English Pirate.


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