Cruises and winter cruise ship travels offer a myriad of adventures to different world travelers on their vacations.  To some it’s the adventure of a different port of call every day.  To others its familiar surroundings, luxury and entertainment without having to change lodgings.  Others yet just see cruises and cruise ships as great way to holiday in luxury and comfort.  Yet there is little doubt about the travel industry numbers – people who climb aboard cruise-liners are triple annually what they counted and measured a decade ago. Yet what should novices know about this form of conveyance during getaways?

Cruise Ships Seem to Go Everywhere in 2012 & 2013 – Still Do Your Homework:

First of all consider your destination and ship / cruise line options.  True the liners seem to go just about everywhere on the globe in 2012 and 2013. Yet you may not be able to match up your timing of a tour to your destination or destinations areas along with trip length and budget.  Do your homework thoroughly ahead of time so that you can match your needs and not be disappointed.

For Newbie’s & Cruising Novices Start with Week to 10 Day Trip Scheduled Durations:

To begin with novices and first timers typically are drawn to 7 to 10 day trip setups.  Anything shorter – say 4 to six day jaunts often just seem to be too short a whirlwind to starter types.  The common remark is that I did not see much & that my vacation away from the cold of Grand Cache was over before it began.  Add to that your travel time down to the port of sail may be longer on record than your time at sea.  Hence if you have the time to bank off work – then plan for at least that week to 10 day cruise-holiday length. Its best vacation-practice recommended by travel-agents and just makes for best overall economy and satisfying break.

Splurge on Your Room Or Save for Partying & Off-Shore Port Buys & Deals ?

Next in line to consider is your room and accommodations on-board.  Do you save on room or cabin rentals and have cash left over for partying drinking and buying trinkets offshore in Cancun?  It’s your call.  Yet is this a case of penny-wise and pound foolish living in a small windowless cavern tucked deep in the bowels of the ship instead of more spacious and luxurious digs better situated ( and of course more costly ) elsewhere.  True there is a happy medium for most.  You don’t have to book the most expensive state room complete with a balcony and picture windows.  Yet you still can have a more comfortable and cozy layout – or perhaps a suite – and not live in a tiny windowless closet where it can be said that “even the mice had hunchbacks”.  Live a little as they say it’s your time in the sun.

Deals on Bookings – It Depends on Your Flexibility – Pre-Booking Discounts or Last Minute Deal Reservations:

Lastly there are at least two ways to reduce costs and find a bargain when booking.  Some travel experts feel its best to book ahead and get early season first-bookings discounts.  This is best for those with a more fixed schedule and need to plan ahead for the office vacation schedule.  It’s a wise strategy to plan ahead of time, set things in stone and book ahead to take advantage of these early booking discounts.  Others, especially those who are afforded more flexibility – retired people and the like- can get the bargains of “last minute travel” and “sell offs”.  The travel and hospitality industry is a business like all others.  Unsold seats or bookings are holes in the water that pay no bills or costs.  A last minute ticket sold is found money to the cruise ship organization and most likely an excellent deal for your travel budget.  Have fun.  Always remember that the best day spent at the office is seldom as good or as much fun as the worst day of your vacation sailing on the water.

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Sylia Q. Roo

Roo lives to travel.  Although her home base is in Mexico City itself she will take people and travelers anywhere and everywhere in the Mexican countryside or tourist destinations they wish.  Many it seems seem to focus on the Mayan temples of Chichen Itza.  While ship cruises are her fascination and shopping port side for trinkets is great she says – she always relishes in finding her guests good . clean & inexpensive accomomodation be it in Puerto Morelos or even in the larger centers of Mexico City , Cancun or Playa del Carmen