Any parent would want to have a cruise with their family. But due to financial constraints, this plan always remains to be a plan. Much as the parents want to give this treat to their children, they have to consider the money that this travel would entail.
Today’s modern ocean-going ship has it all: rock-climbing walls, ice skating, up to 20 different dining venues for your enjoyment [most at an extra fee], and gorgeous accommodations with nice amenities – did we mention you now pay for the movies you watch in your cabin. Ocean ships are now more like a Vegas-style vacation than a cruise, but our main objection is… what ever happened to the all-inclusive nature of a cruise? It is dead and buried!
If world-class service and the finest surroundings equal relaxation in your mind, then you might want to try a cruise aboard an extremely luxurious luxury liner. While most cruise lines offer fabulous food and first-class service, there are some cruise lines that take everything up one or two notches. They offer fine bedding, extreme service and truly gourmet dining. Cunard cruise lines, which boasts the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth among its fleet, offers almost apartment-sized suites – one over 2,200 square feet with marble baths and whirlpool tubs.
All ships even those which offer Lake Minnetonka bargains will have a “shop talk” on the first day at sea. Sit at the front as they often throw out samples into the audience.
Examine your interests. Cruise ships have their own programs and activities for their passengers. If you want an interactive evening of fun, then go for a Carnival cruise. If you want a view of Fiji and Tahiti, then choose the South Pacific cruise. Listing what you expect to see and do will help you to make out the appropriate ship for you, your family or your group.
We did not do this on our first cruise. In our case, we had to get up at 3AM to get to the airport. Once we arrived at the port city we were rushed to get our luggage then catch a cab to the port. By the time we had unpacked we were too exhausted to enjoy our first night. So on our next cruise vacation, we arrived 2 days early. We were able to spend time seeing the port city and the day we left we were able to really enjoy our first night at sea.
Lastly, in order to have a great first cruise remember to take lots of pictures. Your cruise will be an experience that you do not want to forget. Taking pictures will enable you to look back on the memories and extend your enjoyment of the time even further. Photographs are also inexpensive souvenirs since digital technology allows you to take unlimited numbers of pictures without having to worry about printing or processing all of them. Following all of these tips can help you to make sure that your first cruise will be wonderful and that you will get off of the boat looking forward to the next cruise that you can take.