You want to go on holiday, but on a boat? Good idea, it’s a very pleasant way to travel. But before you book your cabin, here are a few tips to make your cruise vacation a success…
Ask for help
If you are not a fan of cruise vacations, it is best to call in a specialist. There are indeed agencies specializing in this type of travel, their advisors will be able to answer your questions and your expectations. When you are not used to it, it is not necessarily easy to see things clearly the first time.
To each his own style
There are many kinds of cruises. Ask yourself which one you really want. Do you want a rather relaxed cruise, or on the contrary with lots of entertainment on board? If you’re looking for partying and you’re on a senior citizen type cruise, you won’t necessarily be happy. A cruise on a huge boat or something more intimate? Talk about it with your counsellor!
Study the options
Before signing up for a cruise, check what you are entitled to for free and what is to be added to the base price. Some cruises are “all-inclusive”, but there are others that only offer a basic package with many paid options. Beware of unpleasant surprises.
Choosing the right destination
If you want to take a sunset cruise, there are a wide range of options and possible destinations, such as the Bahamas or the Caribbean. But sometimes you want more than just sunshine. In this case, don’t hesitate to dare to go to less obvious destinations such as Scandinavia or Japan. There are hundreds of very different cruises.
Depending on the cruise you choose, you will have to make more or less stopovers. Please take this into account when you make your reservation. Are you the type of person who likes to visit or on the contrary to stay on the boat as long as possible in lazy mode?
Are you seasick?
Are you prone to seasickness? If in doubt, bring the necessary medication with you. Long live the anti-nausea medication for a successful cruise.
On board: how is it going?
To avoid unpleasant surprises, you can inform yourself in advance about the regulations on board. Can you bring your alcohol or will it be seized on board? Is there a swimming pool? Is there a dress code for certain evenings? Ask the questions before boarding!
Some boats don’t have a frame and it’s really a shame to miss a trip because you didn’t wake up. Remember to bring your dial.