How to Plan a Caribbean Cruise

How to Plan a Caribbean Cruise

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines! Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover!” Mark Twain

If you’re considering various cruises for your upcoming vacation, then you’re not alone, as taking a luxury cruise is one of the most popular holidays available today. With the development of cruise liners with more and more exciting features and activities, and the opportunity to visit and explore multiple destinations, it is easy to understand why so many people are falling in love with cruising.

A Caribbean cruise allows you to explore a variety of different countries and cultures in one vacation. Imagine waking up each morning knowing that you’re going to visit a new, exotic place with its own unique history and customs. In addition, the Caribbean Sea is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The warm climate and serene turquoise waters provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday or an adventure-filled one, you can find it all on a Caribbean cruise!

If you’re considering taking a Caribbean cruise for your next vacation and are wondering what you can do to plan your get-away, here are some easy tips that will set you sailing on your way.

1. Book Your Room in Advance

This might seem like an obvious piece of advice, but more and more people are looking for last minute deals these days as opposed to the tried and tested model of booking in advance. You can find deals on cruises trying to sell-out their few remaining rooms right up until departure, but in order to get the views, destinations, and cruise liner that best suits your needs, preferences, and price range, you should always book in advance.

One of the best parts about taking a cruise is that it gives you the chance to visit multiple destinations on your vacation. Be sure to realize that you will be stopping at a few different locations, and even if there is one particular spot you’d really like to visit, you need to consider what combination of places will make your vacation most enjoyable.

3. Check for Extra Fees

Cruises are generally all-inclusive style vacations, but sometimes there can be extra fees that are not included on the price tag you originally chose. Shore excursions, alternative dining, and luxuries such as spa treatments are often not included in general prices, so be sure to take that into consideration.

4. Exchange Money in Advance

While you will have the opportunity to exchange currencies during your cruise, it will save you both time and effort if you do it in advance, and it will also help you to keep to a budget during your on-shore adventures. Nobody wants to be stuck waiting in line to exchange money when there is a new destinations to discover.

5. Don’t Worry About Over-Packing

When it comes to packing and un-packing for a cruise, the great part is that you only have to do it once. Having arrived on-board you will be staying in the same room throughout the cruise, and therefore don’t have to worry about carrying around luggage. You’re better off packing those few extra clothes just in case you do need them.

Whether it’s your first cruise or you’re a long time cruise fan, by booking early and following these easy tips you’ll find preparing for departure completely stress-free.

Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out on the wide waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from the wide waters. Howard Bloomfield

Images by James St. John and Vox Efx used under Creative Commons License.

How to plan a Caribbean Cruise

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