Cruise travel today is a vacation in its own right, with or without the exciting ports for shopping and other excursions. Most cruise liners come equipped with everything from full access to a gym, to childcare, to dancing, gambling, and many other forms of entertainment. Your cruise vacation can be themed as well; for example you can take a singles cruise, a couples cruise, or a family cruise.
But what should you keep in mind when you purchase your cruise ticket? First, be sure to match the details of your trip with your own desires. You wouldn’t want to book a singles trip that’s out of your age range, or a luxury cruise when you want adventure travel.
And be aware of the kinds of things that could infringe upon your enjoyment of a cruise vacation. If you suffer from seasickness, don’t travel when a hurricane or other inclimate weather could interfere with your trip, and try to book a liner with stabilizers. Otherwise, try to book a room towards the center of the ship to avoid a noticeable pitch and roll, bring along motion sickness medication, or in a pinch ask to see the ship doctor. When visiting any port, don’t drink the water if it might be unsafe, including ice cubes, and avoid raw foods. Cruise travel is often associated with stomach trouble, but this is usually an environmental factor that can be traced back to exposure to contaminated food or water, or seasickness.
Whether you want to go with a luxury cruise or a more affordable version, you should also verify all of the safety measures as being up to code for any ship you choose to travel on. Check for on-ship sanitation ratings and look for customer reviews of that particular ship (not just the cruise line) before you purchase a cruise ticket. You wouldn’t want to be disappointed when you get to your liner.
Finally, try to book in advance for the better rooms and better rates. Even a luxury cruise will cost a bit less if purchased in advance, and the smallest rooms are usually the ones that sell out last.