Perhaps you’ve saved every dime for this day and now it’s time to book that long awaited cruise vacation. Naturally, you’re a bit edgy because this is your first time. You’ve probably sought advice from peers and travel agents.
Seeking recommendation from friends and agents is a good idea, but this is only a starting point for your research. You can’t rely entirely on this information. Can you book until you’ve read or heard enough first hand experiences? Of course not! At this stage, you need to read the latest consumer reviews online for the vessel you’re planning to go with. Don’t get confused by the slew of contradictory remarks. Consider both the positive and the negative sides. This will help you in getting a better picture of the pros and cons, and aspects which you wouldn’t have ever known before experiencing on board.
Cruise deals are available in plenty and it doesn’t require much hard work to find one. Compare rates across different travel sites and shop around for a good price. Ideally, cruise rates on new vessels are always higher than older ones. If saving money gets on your agenda, you should be looking for older cruise ships. However, make sure that your expectations are realistic. If you scour the Internet, you’ll see that passenger complaints are the highest among these ships. There might be cramped fitness areas, or the cabins might need a re-paint. Read the rest of this entry »