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How to Plan a Cruise

A cruise is truly a reasonable way to see the World. You always know where you are sleeping and you will not starve or go thirsty. My first suggestion is to go directly to the Cruise Company Web Site , here you will be able to enter information on where you want to go and find out where the Port is that you need to get to. After you choose your location you will be given only a few options for dates depending on what time of year it is. The farther away the date is, the less expensive the cost will be. Finally call me to get started booking that journey.Our first cruise was to Alaska and when I booked it the beginning of May was the most reasonably priced. I did shop around to other Cruise Lines but for our needs Carnival was the better price and we were able to get a balcony for the cost of an interior cabin at their competition. Some cruise lines are known for hosting mostly older passengers, some younger but there really are only a few companies that own many different brands. Nearly everything is included in your cost (except alcohol) some companies sell add on packages for that also. You will have to pay extra for whatever Excursions you choose. I wanted to have all of our expenses paid so we would not need a lot of cash or extra money so I pre paid for all of our excursions and gratuities (a daily charge per person per room) With Carnival they have a special price (Early Saver Rate) that allows you to make changes to your booking if you need to.  Lower floors can be near engine rooms and upper levels just below a night club so be sure to ask me for help. Check the Cruise Lines web site directly for details on baggage restrictions, port directions and transportation options. Also see if you will need a passport, we were able to just purchase a new passport card it is only good for LAND and SEA travel NO AIR but it is less expensive. Either way you need to start the process months in advance. If you plan your cruise with me I will be sure you have all the necessary details. 

It is a good idea to arrive to the Port’s City a day in advance in case you have flight delays so you will not miss your cruise. When you book your flight to leave be sure it is later afternoon if it is on the day you debark. Even though the ships usually dock very early in the morning there are some times delays getting off the ship and collecting luggage.

  • Get your Passport and start saving your pennies
  • Choose a Destination and Date / do the research and choose a Cruise Line
  • Select a Cabin and read all the FAQ the cruise lines own trip Insurance is usually a good idea to add
  • Select a Hotel and transportation for the Airport and Cruise port
  • Buy Airline tickets or alternate transportation
  • Pick your excursions and check the weather for the time of travel
  • Notify your bank and credit card company of your travel dates
  • Keep a well-organized binder and check prices often if something goes down you can probably get a credit (airlines, hotel or cruise)


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