One of the most spontaneous vacation ideas is a weekend or last-minute cruise for an individual, couple or a group of friends.
There is a very good reason why cruises have quickly risen to the top of the vacation food chart (pun intended). People are always looking for great value, and their holiday travel needs are no exception. All-inclusive resorts are popular because they save travelers money on the extras that come with a lengthy vacation, such as food, drinks and entertainment. Individuals and families have now discovered that they can get the same features on a boat, for a much lower rate per-night than traditional resort lodges. Plus, unlike hotels which have limited ocean-view rooms, there is no such thing as a cruise ship without an excellent view of the ocean, day or night!
Prices are generally available online or through an experienced travel agent, and can fluctuate from day to day. The sale prices certainly do not last long, they may be posted for a set date or until cruise sells out, which happens frequently. Some passengers hope that by waiting until the last minute they can snag an unbelievable price on a room that was never booked. While this may be the case once in a blue moon, customers should understand that hotel rooms and staterooms are not undersold or saved on standby in the same way. It is possible to get those once-in-a-lifetime deals, but it is more likely that the opportunity to travel on that ship may sail away without you. The more practical option is to book through a travel agent, who will know when to purchase. They will hold your order for the right price, or when the cruise sells out, whichever comes first.
Once you have chosen your destination, the next step is choosing from one of the many cruise lines to take you there. Comparing different cruise lines may be wise, but it should not take up too much of your time, because when a cruise sells out, your opportunity to travel at that price is lost. It is important to find the right price and the desired features onboard, so have an idea of what you are looking for before you begin the price search. Using a trusted travel agent is usually the best idea for this portion of the planning. They have access to many web tools and can also draw from their years of experience to book you on the best boat for your budget.
Princess cruises have exotic trips to Hawaii and Alaska, as well as the more traditional destinations within the Caribbean. For the traveler who wants more culture and has a longer vacation in mind, a trip to Europe or the Mediterranean may be the perfect option. If you are planning a first-time cruise and are unsure which ships or destinations would be the best fit for you and your family, take a quick gander at the website, where you can see stateroom slideshows, and customer testimonials.
Some great alternatives include Carnival cruise and P&O cruises, let us know if you’re interested in these and we can definitely help you out!