The 5 Questions You Need to Ask to Avoid Common Cruise-Planning Mistakes

Time to fly the coop! Reignite your sense of adventure, reenergize your marriage, and reconnect with your family on an epic Caribbean cruise. The possibilities are endless and easily tailored to meet your unique empty nesting needs. While the cruise lines are busy at work getting their ships back out to sea, now is the BEST time to book and snag a phenomenal deal on your dream cruise vacation.

Here are five essential questions you need to answer before booking your cruise so you don’t wind up accidentally making a rookie mistake. (I’ll show you how to avoid these mistakes, as well!):

  • 1. Which cruise line is the best fit for my/our needs? Cruise lines differ greatly. Some are perfect for romantic couples’ getaways. Others cater to seniors or to children. And girlfriend getaway needs might drive another type of cruise line. Some cruise lines are offering single cabins for solo adventures without having to pay an extra fee. These solo cabins are perfect for renewing and rediscovering yourself after the kids have left home. Some offer amenities that are exactly what you’re looking for; others might not.

    It’s okay to take your time comparing cruise lines and seeing which ones will offer the most of what you want at a great value. Don’t be afraid to shop around! I’ve been on 25 cruises and can advise you on the “personalities” of the cruise lines. Each one has a different vibe and I can help you find the right fit for your needs.

  • 2. Have I read ALL the fine print? I know, I know. It’s not the most fun part about planning a trip of any kind. But cruises are a big investment of both time and money. It’s really important to understand what you are signing up for. Are there additional fees? What is expected of you in terms of a payment schedule? How early do you need to arrive? What is the refund or rescheduling policy? Some cruise lines fares are “all inclusive” and include excursions and drinks, some do not. Know what you are getting for your vacation investment. Make sure you’ve got it dialed so there are no surprises and your trip can go smoothly.

  • 3. How picky do I want to be about our cabin? Again, consider your needs. And beyond that — think about what would be the most fun! If you’re uneasy in enclosed spaces, consider that an inside cabin might not be a good choice. Notice where the cabins are located on the ship — high traffic areas? Engine noise? Anchor drop? You don’t have to spring for a luxury suite unless you want to, but cabin choice is one area where a little extra can make a huge difference in the overall enjoyment and restfulness of your trip. Some of the newer ships have unique cabins like the staterooms in Royal Caribbean Oasis Class Central Park section…yes the picture above was taken on a cruise ship!

  • 4. Have I solidified our meal plans and shore excursions within plenty of time before our departure? This is a big one. Most cruise lines offer a wide variety of dining options — fixed time in a dining area, non-fixed seating, casual and upscale options. The rules and expectations are different for each. Some require reservations; some don’t; some have dress codes; some don’t. Make sure you nail this down early. Especially if you’re cruising with kids, the last thing you want is to be scrambling for a meal at the last minute.

    Same goes with shore excursions: research well and book early. Find out what is required in terms of transport and physical exertion for each option. Read up so you know which activities are age-appropriate for the members of your group.

  • 5. Do I have a plan for regular, thorough hand washing? There will be an ample supply of hand sanitizers and hand washing stations throughout the ship. Make sure you are utilizing these stations at regular intervals throughout the day, and not just before and after meals and bathroom breaks. If you’re in a situation where you don’t have easy access to warm soapy water like while on a shore excursion, carry hand sanitizer with you.
Marveling at the gorgeous sunset onboard the Disney Magic

Here’s the best news of all: With a travel agent, you don’t have to answer these questions alone! I can help you pick the most suitable cruise line and go through ALL the details before you sign on the dotted line. I can give you all the inside info so you can choose the best cabin, help you figure out when and where you want to eat, what you want to see and do, and I can help you create a packing list that will keep you safe and well-supplied. 

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