A cruiser’s life can be hard. Okay, that may be a little dramatic, but as a cruiser there are a lot of choices that have to be made before you’re able to pull off the perfect cruise vacation.
1. What Itinerary Do I Pick?
If you’re usually quite an indecisive person, this can be difficult if you have a lot of ideas floating around in your head. But start with a few simple questions and it could help you narrow down your answer. What direction do you want to go in? What setting do you prefer (quaint towns, sandy beaches, snowy mountains, etc)? Head north to Alaska or south to the Caribbean, there’s so many benefits to either! This time of year, though, we can probably all agree on the same answer – somewhere warm!
How am I going to stuff 15 different outfits in a suitcase that’s meant for five? It can be done. Keep in mind that the fashion police won’t be on your cruise! Ladies can always change up their outfits for a new look each day. It’s all about finding pieces that can be used over again in a new way for a different outfit. Guys can do the same thing! Just ask your significant other how to do it, husbands!
3. Late or Early Dining?
So if we eat early we can catch all the late shows and give our food time to digest before we call it a night. But if we eat later, we can catch both cocktail parties and enjoy that adult comedy show at midnight. A lot of people also take medication that has to be taken with food, or have certain conditions where they need to eat at certain times. There is no right or wrong time to dine. It depends on your own needs and preferences, as well as what is most important for you to do during your time on the ship.
4. Which Excursion to Pick?
This all depends on your budget! If you’re Donald Trump, you can afford that 3 hour helicopter tour over the volcanoes of Hawaii. If you’re on a budget, maybe you can afford a $10 bus tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The best advice is, do your research, read reviews, and don’t forget that there are lots of excursion companies besides just cruise line tours. In any case, when there’s a will there’s a way; you’ve just got to find what works for you and your traveling companions.
5. What to Drink?
Seven and seven? Do you want it on the rocks? Options, options, and more options. If you love to enjoy alcoholic beverages, do the math to see an all inclusive beverage program will make economic sense. If you’re not a big drinker (and usually you need to be quite a drinker to make a package worth it!) throttle back a little bit and bring a bottle or two of your favorite wine or champagne on board with you. If you have a mid-afternoon craving for a daiquiri, go buy one. If you’re not much of a drinker, it’s better to buy the occasional beverage than purchase a package you’ll barely use!
6. Not Enough Time Off
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a job that lets you cruise where you want or when you want? That would be the ideal situation. Instead, we’re forced to go on cruises the match up with our PTO and personal days. But once you have decided you want to use some of your time off throughout the year for a cruise, plan ahead as much as possible – and make sure you let your boss know sooner rather than later!
7. Self Assist or Zone Debarkation?
Are you the kind of person that wants to savor every moment of your vacation, or do you want to get off the ship immediately when the announcement is made for self assist guests? You’re going to have to get off the ship either way, it’s just a matter of when! Usually if you’re traveling with children, the best thing to do would be to wait for your zone. You’re probably going to need every spare minute in the morning to get everyone up, dressed, and packed to get out the door. This is where post cruise depression kicks in.
What is your cruise struggle?
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