Carnival Glory. Copyright 2013 Marcia Crayton For editorial purposes only. Photo may not be reproduced nor sold.
Cruising used to be a luxury for rich folks. However, it is more and more affordable and cruising is a popular option when you are planning your vacation. Here are some things to consider when you book a cruise:
Departure ports: you should take note where you want to leave from and how you will get there. You can build an extra vacation around your departure port. Will you have to fly? Can you drive there and how much does it cost to park?
|Cape Liberty, NJ, home of Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas (editorial purposes only)|
Destinations/Itineraries: For the world traveler, cruising is an excellent way to introduce yourself new countries without booking an entire vacation there. You can get to know a place and come back later or visit a port again and again and do something different every time.
|The Carnival Breeze, anchored at Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos (editorial purposes only)|
Ship: Cruise lines build ships in classes: the ships in those classes are similar. Ships in each class have many things in common: size, amenities, activities but will have something that distinguishes them so that they are not all exactly alike.
|Be prepared to buy drink packages|
Staterooms: You can choose your room. The rooms will be very nice but smaller than the average hotel room. It's a stateroom. Rooms near the Lido deck (near the pool), and on Decks 1-2 (under the galley/kitchen) may hear some noise. So will rooms near the elevator or the stairs. Be kind to your cabin steward, they're your host for the week.
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