First Cruise

How to Make Your First Cruise Amazing!

Your First Cruise - Cruise and Tour Planners

On a cruise

You are now ready to launch forth for your first cruise.  One person may have had to talk the other family member into going.  I have seen that happen a lot.

I remember our first cruise and I had to plan it in secret because my husband said he would not go.  Well, 30 cruises later, he is the first to the car with the suitcase.

I have heard former military men say they have been on a ship and won’t go on a cruise.  I try to assure them that this is NOT a troop ship and they will be thoroughly spoiled and pampered.

Planning Your First Cruise…

First Cruise Choices - Cruise and Tour Planners

Choices

Now, how do you go about figuring out that first cruise?  Maybe you are joining other people and don’t have a say in what you are picking.  But if you are the “picker” or only your family is going, here are some tips.

  • Always use a travel agent who is certified by Cruise Line International Association.
  • Every cruise line is different and every ship in that cruise line is different. Only a professional can help you.
  • You need a ship that fits your personality and travel style.  There is no way for you to know that on your own.
  • Never go by online cruise advertisements.  They put a lot of glitz on their ads and focus on the price, not the value.
  • You need someone to give you a lot of information.  Online booking sites are not “people friendly” and won’t give you any help.  Even if you could talk to a live person, they probably  have not been on a cruise nor will they know how to qualify you.
  • There are a lot of government laws and regulations that you need to know.
  • There are so many choices in cabin categories that an online site won’t tell you.
  • Then there are a lot of choices you have to make.  Without a Certified Travel Agent, you may make wrong choices and have a very bad experience.

Can You Guarantee a Good Time?

Bored teens on Cruises - Cruise and Tour Planners

Bored teens

A couple of years ago I was on a cruise from Seattle to Alaska.  During the week I talked to many passengers.  I would ask them, “are you enjoying the cruise?”.

In the entire week, only one person said “yes”.

As I probed deeper, every one had booked online.  They picked the wrong ship with the wrong routing for what they thought they would get.

How sad.  Without exception, all said they would never cruise again.   I am sure they told all their friends, too.

Something else to remember, if the kids are unhappy, who else is unhappy?

Don’t be that person on the wrong ship doing the wrong itinerary.  There are many ways to see the same places, but not all are right for you.

Talk to me about what will fit you.

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