Planning a Cruise? Read Travel Tips from a PRO!

Are you planning to take a cruise?  As an Accredited Cruise Counsellor (ACC) with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for 14 years, I’ve been lucky enough to have been on more than my fair share of cruises.

A cruise is my absolute favorite all-inclusive vacation – and it provides the best overall vacation value for your dollar, to boot!  I’ve sailed with the best – Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Carnival Cruise Lines – and I’ve learned a few things along the way.
  • Splurge for the ocean view cabin.  Trust me on this one.  If you go for the less expensive inside cabin (I can hear you saying, ‘but I won’t be spending much time there anyway’), you’ll never know what you’re missing.   You won’t know what the weather is like until you get out on deck; you’ll never get to see the amazing views when you’re cruising into port.  And if you forget to set your alarm, you’ll never know what time it is because without the lights in an inside cabin, the room is pitch black 24 hours a day. 
  • Book ahead to get the best rates.  As far as possible ahead of time, as this is when the best deals are to be had plus you’ll have the best selection of cabins available.  Remember that the desirable balcony, suites, and mid-ship staterooms always sell out first. 
  • Take the time to choose your cabin.  Yes, choose a cabin.  If you’re worried at all about sea sickness, get out the deck plans and take a good look.  Cabins on upper decks will have more side to side motion while cabins fore and aft will have more up and down motion.  The most desirable staterooms are mid-ship but not next to potentially noisy elevators.
Here are just some of the online exclusive cruise deals you can take advantage of right now:
  • $479!  7-night Bermuda cruise, up to a 6 category upgrade, from New York
  • $599!  7-night Alaska cruise, up to $200 onboard credit, from Seattle
  • $549!  9-night Southern Caribbean cruise, up to $200 onboard credit, from Miami
  • $699!  7-night Adriatic, Greece, & Turkey cruise, up to $100 onboard credit, from Venice
If you follow these simple tips, you’ll be on your way to a cruise vacation that will be smooth sailing all the way! Photo Credits:

Carnival Fun Ship Ecstacy Sunset by MotelyPixel
Alaska077, Alaska Cruise by Jimg944 

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