Anne & Tom Waters ACC, and Associates - Dream Vacations
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WHEN TO BOOK A CRUISE:
There are a couple questions you need to ask yourself when you decide youre ready for the exciting journey of a cruise vacation. Its important to consider what type of cruise experience you would like, what port you would love to visit and how you want to cruise. Once youve decided on the destination and what cruise line is the best fit, booking in advance would be a great idea. Not only would you have ample time to plan for your vacation but you will receive the best options available. The next thing you must do is contact your Independent Vacation Specialist for possible exclusive perks, special deals, onboard credit and even stateroom upgrades.
WHAT STATEROOM IS THE BEST CHOICE ON A CRUISE:
Certain things you should consider when choosing a stateroom are comfort vs. cost. Taking the time to explore the different stateroom options may save you a lot of money.
Find Your Level - Decide what deck level you prefer to be on. Perhaps you would like to be closer to the upper decks and posh pool areas or a short walking distance from the vibrant dining and entertainment areas. Whichever stateroom you prefer, your Independent Vacation Specialist will be sure to guide you in the right direction.
The View for You - From obstructed view cabins to spacious balcony suites, there is definitely a perfect fit for you. The suites are usually situated on the higher level of a ship. If you choose a midship cabin, the cost may be lower but you may be exposed to more hallway traffic from other passengers. If you prefer to awaken to the sounds of the ocean breeze surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views and the warm glisten of the sun, a balcony cabin is best!
Ride the Wave- There are a few cruisers who may be concerned about that woozy feeling of cruising. If thats you, consider a lower cabin option. According to most ship composition, you will experience the least amount of movement in the lower and more central area of the ship.
WHAT TO PACK FOR A CRUISE:
The following checklist includes cruise essentials which may come in handy on your next cruise vacation.
sun screen/sun block
mini hand sanitizers
essential toiletries including razors
electronic/ reading material
electronic device chargers
disposable underwater camera
digital camera/ extra memory cards
small first aid kit
small back pack for items/ electronics
General Women Essentials:
purses (day and evening)
evening formal attire
swim suit cover-up
Dont Leave Home without US:
all required cruise/travel documents
passports and visas/ proof of citizenship along with photo ID
medical insurance cards
credit cards / cash(singles)/ travelers checks
prescription/other essential medications
General Men Essentials:
evening formal attire
T-shirt/ dress shirts
WHAT NOT TO PACK FOR A CRUISE:
For safety reasons and for the protection of the staff as well as fellow passengers, many cruise lines have prohibited the following items onboard.
Any weapons (including firearms, knives, ammunition, etc.)
Non prescribed Illegal drugs
Candles, incense or any scent burning device
Decorative souvenir canes/ walking sticks
Electrical appliances such as coffee makers, hot plates, hair dryers and electric irons
Any sporting equipment ( including scuba equipment, skateboards, hockey gear, surfboards, etc)
Self-Defense Gear (including handcuffs, pepper spray and night sticks)
Flammable liquids, chemical and explosives (including lighter fluid, bleach, paint, fireworks, etc. )
WHO & HOW TO TIP ON A CRUISE:
Tipping is a basic standard in cruising. When you think about all the hard work each individual on the ship puts in to make your experience incredible, the small tips can go a long way. Majority of the cruise lines include the daily balance of tips to your shipboard account while others leave tipping ship personnel up to your own discretion. Generally, its best to plan for about $1.00 to $3.00 per person. If you plan on partaking in a shore excursion, we would recommend to plan to tip $2.00-$5.00 for the tour guide and about $1.00-$2.00 for the driver.
WHAT TO EXPLORE WHEN CRUISING (Shore Excursions):
When on port, there are so many activities that will undoubtedly take your breath away. Whether its horseback riding on the beach, scuba diving in a reef haven or swimming with the dolphins, there are a myriad of options available to you. To ensure you wont miss out on what many consider as the most intriguing part of their vacation, its best to confirm your excursions in advance; ideally BEFORE you leave for your cruise. Your Independent Vacation Specialist can assist you with picking the best shore excursion for you.