The idea of cruising may be daunting to the first-time goers, but it shouldn’t be. If you’re new to cruising, you can fall prey to various pitfalls. Here are the top mistakes that you should avoid for a smooth sailing:
- Choosing the Wrong Cruise Line:
Selecting the right cruise line and ship makes a world of difference. There are all kinds of cruise lines aimed to provide different experiences that appeal to a specific type of traveler. Each cruise line has its own style and price point including amenities, guest contingent, crew and the ports the ship calls upon. There a several ways you can cruise, so finding the line that suits your interests best is going to be an aspect of enjoying the experience. Getting it wrong can create a miserable vacation for you.
- Selecting the Wrong Itinerary:
Deciding an itinerary goes hand in hand with picking the cruise line and ship. Make a list of where you want to go and then cross-check it with your short list of preferred cruise lines. Review the itineraries listed at each cruise line’s website. Don’t select an itinerary just because it’s cheaper than others. Select a voyage because the ports and the sea days intrigue you, for an unforgettable experience.
- Choosing the Wrong Cabin:
Some people think that every cabin on a cruise ship is the same. But that’s not the case. You can choose from a wide array of options that include inside cabins with no windows to the outside world, a suite with a balcony, ocean view rooms that are outfitted with either a porthole or picture window. As each ship is differently designed, you need to understand the features and choices before choosing one. You need to make sure that you choose a cabin similar to a vacation holiday spot.
- Forgetting about the Passport and Visa:
Whenever you book an overseas vacation, it’s important to research about their passport or visa requirements. A passport is the most common form of identification even if you are cruising within your home country. Leaving it at home is the worst mistakes you can make, that would essentially ruin your trip. The US Department of State provides detailed information regarding requirements of countries throughout the world. Be sure to carry the right credentials, otherwise, the cruise line will have no choice but to deny you boarding or keep you on ship if you lack the visa to visit a port of call.
- Skip the Travel Agent:
One of the most common mistakes newbies make is doing everything by themselves. A good travel agent that specializes in cruising can make your first cruise a big success. They will help you navigate throughout the whole booking process and will get you the best deals on your cruise. And, best of all, using a travel agent costs you nothing. If something goes wrong during your vacation, you can always contact your agent and he’ll guide with the best solutions for a smooth trip.