8 Great Elements of a Cruise Vacation

Cruise vacations are big business. There are a dizzying array of choices and it is overwhelming trying to select the right cruise. Here are 8 factors to consider when shopping for a cruise vacation.

follow these cruise tips to select your next cruise
follow these cruise tips to select your next cruise

8 Great Elements of a Cruise Vacation

Destination

Do you want to go to the Caribbean? Alaska? Mediterranean? South Pacific? Different cruise lines serve different destinations.

Itinerary

More specifically, look at the exact ports of call (stops). In the Caribbean, for instance, most ships stop in larger ports such as The Bahamas, St. Thomas, and San Juan. If you want to stop in a smaller port, like Antigua, choices will be limited (but that can be a good thing!). Also research the dates of travel.

Cruise Ship Size

Some ships are floating cities with over 5,000 people on board. Larger ships have more facilities and activities but are limited as to which ports they use.

select your next cruise using these tips
select your next cruise using these tips

Facilities

Do you want to be pampered in a luxurious spa with gorgeous scenic views? Do you want to spend time in casinos, doing physical activities, lounging by the pool?

Cabin

Some people opt for a minimalist cabin with the expectation of experiencing all that the ship has to offer. Others want a luxurious cabin with an ocean balcony.

See also 8 Great Tips for Selecting a Cruise

Style

Are you looking for an elegant experience with fine dining and dressing up for meals? Would you prefer a more casual environment? Or a mix?

Ask Friends

Asking friends and others with similar tastes and preferences is often beneficial. The message boards on Cruise Critic, CruiseMates, and other websites have fantastic recommendations.

Personality

Cruise lines annually spend millions of dollars designing ads for the right audience. Their ads may show people limbo dancing or an elderly couple enjoying scenic nature views; that is the cruise’s personality. You will be disappointed if you select a cruise that does not match your personality. This may be the most important factor.

Well, those are eight factors for selecting the right cruise vacation. I did not even mention cost, which for many travelers is the most important factor for choosing a cruise.

See also 8 Great Ways to Save Money on Cruise Excursions

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