After a few years of taking vacations, many people seem to settle into a routine that they enjoy. Similar vacations are taken each year. While the potential to take a unique vacation each year is available, few take advantage of it. For a number of travelers, a cruise vacation can seem too far removed from the annual routine to be considered. However, by examining a few simple ideas, you can determine if a cruise would be the right vacation choice for you.
Do you enjoy visiting new places and trying new things?
Not everyone likes to explore or have new experiences. Some function much better with the tried and true. If you are one of these people, a cruise may be a stretch for you. It can help if you can go with someone who will show you how to take some of the stress out of the unknown. Cruises give you an opportunity to sample foreign culture and scenery without having to make a huge commitment of time each location.
Are you comfortable around large amounts of water?
Some people are afraid of water. Just the thought of being out on a huge ship surrounded by the vast ocean is terrifying. Once you are on board a cruise ship, you can go for most of the cruise without ever actually seeing this sight if you choose to. A cruise ship is nothing more than an enormous floating luxury hotel. The opportunity to enjoy the scenic ocean view is available at all times on the ship. Unless you go up on the top decks and gaze over the railings, you will only be exposed to small pieces of the potential view. There is a good chance that your fears will never be put to the test if you just exercise a moderate amount of care.
Do you like to have fine dining experiences?
A cruise ship is one of the best places in the world to experiment with all of the types of food that you have thought of trying. Many of these selections are very expensive in the better restaurants. They are included in the price on a cruise ship. And, you can have seconds and thirds if you choose. The service in the dining room is generally top flight. The waiter and the assistant waiter will do everything that they can to pamper you while you dine.
You can choose your preferred type of weather, sights, and locations.
While most people think of tropical cruises, the reality is that cruises go toward the north into the cooler regions, also. Alaskan cruises are slightly more costly than many Caribbean cruises, but the weather and views are dramatically different. In between tropical and northern cruises are just about every other type that you could want. You can even cruise around the world if you can afford it.
The selection of departure ports is almost endless.
Just in the United States, you can depart from the northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west, and northwest for a cruise. European cruises have an equal number of choices. You can leave from various Caribbean, South American, and Asian ports. There really is something for everyone. You can return to the your departure port or book a cruise from point A to point B.
The cost of a cruise vacation can range from a few hundred dollars and up.
Many excellent cruise tickets can be purchased for about $100 per day or less if you take the time to shop. However, if you are an extravagant traveler, you can up that price easily to the $1,000 per day cost or higher. Upgrading rooms, going with more of a luxury cruise line, or heading to ports with expensive port charges can all raise the rates for a room. There is a room price to fit almost every budget that can afford a vacation.
You may need to decide if you want to be secluded from outside contact.
Modern conveniences like the cell phone have increased the opportunity for contact while cruising. The cost for this luxury can be very high in some regions of the world. In Central America, you can easily pay $2.50 per minute to use your phone to receive calls or to call back home. Plenty of people really want the ability to divorce themselves from the worries of the job and home for a few days. A cruise ship will allow you that chance.