Tips on how to Choose a Cruise!                                                                    


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Tips on how to choose a cruise for a romantic getaway, a Caribbean cruise, an Alaskan cruise or any cruise vacation!

Wondering how you can choose a cruise while making sure that it will meet your expectations? Whether your cruise will be a romantic getaway cruise, an exciting Alaskan cruise, an exotic Caribbean cruise, an historical Mediterranean cruise a family vacation cruise, or any other type of cruise vacation, these tips to choose a cruise will help to insure that your cruise will be unforgettable.

First of all, when choosing a cruise, you must decide what your special cruise vacation would consist of. Are you looking for a quiet, romantic vacation with super pampering service and exquisite cuisine? Would you choose an "upscale" cruise? Are you a "party animal" looking for a fun, energetic atmosphere? Would the cruise you choose consist of many ports-of-call or would it have more days at sea? Only your specific tastes and desires are the considerations for choosing a cruise here.

Once you have determined what type of cruise you would choose, the next cruise consideration would be destination. Are you looking for an exotic warm cruise destination, or an Alaskan cruise? Would you choose a cruise to the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere? Would you consider choosing an Atlantic or Pacific location? Would your cruise be North American, South American, European, Asian, Australian or perhaps a world cruise?

Next you would need to decide how long your vacation cruise would be. You can plan anything from an evening dinner cruise, to a day cruise, to a two or three day cruise, to a world cruise for weeks. This cruise consideration may be predetermined for you by the amount of time available for your vacation - and of course your cruise budget!

This brings us to the next thought to ponder for your cruise. Choosing a cruise must also include the financial considerations. This may actually dictate the length of your cruise. As well, it may also determine what "level" of cruise line to consider. One thing to remember is that with a cruise vacation package, your often have your flight, stateroom, and all meals included in the package price. Your beverages, cruise shore excursions, shopping, and casino expenses are all extra. As well, on many cruises, your gratuities are automatically added to your shipboard expenses as an extra.

I mentioned the "level" of cruise line above. This is a very important choice to consider when planning a cruise. Most of the larger cruise lines offer a fabulous vacation package aboard magnificent cruise ships. There are however different "levels" or scales among the cruise lines. The "average" type cruise line (by cost consideration) would include the likes of Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Princess. At the other end of the scale are the super luxury cruise lines like Crystal and Radisson Seven Seas. In between are lines like Holland America, and Celebrity. There are of course a myriad of cruise lines filling in all of the spaces in the different levels of cruise luxury.

When considering cruise lines, one must also decide on the type of cruise ship that would be appropriate. Most cruise ships are luxurious to one level or another as discussed above in the cruise lines. Some of these cruise lines offer the "mega monsters" - huge cruise ships with all of the amenities of a shore resort complex. Others offer a mid sized ship with many of the amenities, but a more intimate atmosphere. Some lines have a sort of luxury yacht sized ships for a more personal cruise experience. Perhaps your special cruise vacation would be on a tall ship sailing the waters of the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. There are cruise lines that specialize in this type of cruise experience.

Now for the fun part. What cruise itinerary would you prefer? Let's recap a minute. You have chosen the type of cruise that will make your vacation unforgettable. Your destination has been chosen. The length of cruise and budget has been established. The type of cruise line and cruise ship for your vacation has been determined. Now you can check out the specific cruise lines in your category, their ships, and the itineraries available to your destination of choice.

The last thing to choose for your cruise is your stateroom. Generally speaking, the higher up on the ship, the more expensive the room. Inside rooms are less expensive than outside rooms with a view. Many ships have staterooms with private decks or balconies. These are a little more expensive as well. And for the privileged few, Penthouse suites are also available on some cruise ships.

There you have it! You have chosen your special vacation aboard the magnificent cruise ship of your choosing, to a destination of your choosing, with the itinerary of your choice! All that's left is to book your cruise on-line and get excited!

If you have any questions regarding choosing the right cruise line for you, we would like to hear from you.  Send us a note at info@a1-discount-cruises.com using the subject line "Questions".

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