Time to take a cruise?

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If you have never done this in your life time, it is now time to start planning to do it. Cruising might be one of the funniest adventures one can embark on. And it takes planning to make sure that it is done right. There are so many different companies that provided cruises, you are bound to find a theme that is right for you. From children friendly to adult only cruises, there is one to fit your life style.

In my opinion there are several factors that you need to take into accountability. From cost to ship size to food accommodations to entertainment to destinations, the choices are vast. Once you start making the choices then you can make the choices that best fit you.

I think for me the first and foremost is going to be the destinations. I would base purchasing a cruise based on the ports that the cruise is going to stop in. I also take into account the fact that some of the posts might not be open due to civil unrest or weather issues.

My next feature that I look for is adult entertainment. I for one am not much for a cruise that has a ton of children on it. I like it even better if there is seperated facilities for the adults. This way if I want to get in some peaceful rest, I typically can in the adult pools or hot tubs.

Another feature for me is the ship size. I like the bigger ships typically because they have more to do on them than the smaller ones. Casinos tend to be larger and restaurants seem to have better food. The entertainment and night life seem to be more vast on the bigger ships also.

Cruising is what you make of it. If you want to spend a lot of time on the water and little time in ports, they have those types of cruises too. It is all based on what you are looking for today.

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Gita Bantwal
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Good post. . The best vacation I have had is when we went on a cruise.

July 13, 2008 08:17 AM
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Kathy Passarette
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Danny ~ I've been on two - one for a week and the other for a 3-day weekend.  I like the idea of cruises because I went to places I had never been, and although the visits to ports are short, I thought it was great to get an idea for if you liked that particular port, you could make it an actual vacation destination in the future.  The only thing I hate about cruises is the disembarking and going through the whole deal with waiting to be allowed to disembark and then locating your luggage. 

July 13, 2008 08:28 AM
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Gita, they are way too fun.

Kathy, no more detracking than that of having to wait around in an airport and having to locate your luggage once you have changed planes multiple times.

July 13, 2008 09:03 AM
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Mirela Monte
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Danny, I love cruises and take at least one per year.  What do I look for?  How much time we spent on shore and how many places we'll actually visit.  The quality and newness of the ship come next, with the food a close second. 

My favorite so far?  Royal Caribbean's Navigator of The Seas.  I've taken it twice.  I love their salsa dancing place and spent most of my evenings there. 

My least favorite?  Carnival's Glory of the Seas.  I hated it so much that I actually disembarked in Belize.  Carnival was really good about it:  they have a guarantee that if you don't like the cruise they refund you the rest of the money (for the unused portion of it).

My nightmare:  Being left behind by Royal Caribbean in St. Martin, with no money, and a credit card that stopped working.  Can you say Murphy's law?  I actually wrote two blogs about that adventure and posted them right here on TravelingRainers.

 

July 14, 2008 06:21 PM
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Mirela, they is always fun to be had and unfortunately, sometimes there is disaster.

July 14, 2008 06:25 PM
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