Summer cruising is a great way to spend your vacation. Having said that, there are a few extra things you can do to make that trip even more worthwhile. We have put together ten tips for summer cruising that you may not have considered.
Tip 1: Research your cruise. This may sound boring but you need to make sure you getting exactly what you want and be able to prepare accordingly. Things like, will there be any port stops, this will help you to decide if you need to take extra clothing depending on the port. Also check for websites where others have taken the same cruise, reading reviews is a great way to get honest opinions of what the cruise is like, what to expect, and you may find hidden extra's you wouldn't have normally noticed.
Tip 2: Room with a view or not? At first everyone would probably choose a room with a view, a balcony or window as that seems a great idea. Putting it in perspective though, are you going to be staying in your room apart from when it's bedtime? If, not you could save a lot of money. Rooms with views are often as much as double as an interior room, and if your going to spend most of your time away from the room this could be a wise decision to take the interior room.
Tip 3: Getting the best deal for your money. Most people agree with this, but tend to overlook a few things, like destination. If, your cruising to a tropical country it is summer all year round, so you could book off season and get your cruise for half price or less in some circumstances. Keep your eye out for last minute deals, or discounts, check the websites regularly in the coming weeks before you book as prices can drop dramatically within a few days.
Tip 4: Make sure your covered by insurance. This may go without saying, but you want to make sure that your covered not only by medical insurance. In addition, you want to be covered for things like if you fall sick, and can't make the trip you want to be reimbursed your fare, as this could be thousands of dollars. Also make sure any insurance covers you if you do decide to spend some time off the ship at port stop overs.
Tip 5: Triple check your documents. This seems another standard tip, but it is easy to misplace or overlook just one item that can cause huge delays or a missed trip. Create a checklist of all documents needed, and keep them all in one safe place like a money pouch around the waist. These include passports, cruise tickets, photo id's, credit cards, as well as secondary items like the plane tickets, car rental and even the hotel reservations.More Part 2