CruiToday begins the promotional launch for a new multi-author novella called The Love Boat Bachelor. As part of this joint effort, I thought I would explain some of the process and offer a little cruising advice for those new to the sport … and hopefully take some of the mystery and angst out of your dream vacation!
Below are a few suggestions to help you make the decision to set sail … or not.
Tip 1: If you are a first-time cruiser, I encourage you to learn everything you can about cruising BEFORE you sign on. After all, anticipation is half the fun! And Google is your friend.
Tip 2: There are tons of blogs out there. Read them. Check Trip Adviser. Talk with friends who have cruised, and ask them to recount their favorite cruise memories … and their worst.
Here are the Top Ten Travel Blogs as voted by USA Today:
John Heald http://johnhealdsblog.com/
Matt Hochberg http://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/
Anita Dunham-Potter http://www.expertcruiser.com/category/blog
Scott Sanders http://disneycruiselineblog.com/
Chris Gray Faust http://www.cruisecritic.com/blog
Jim Walker http://www.cruiselawnews.com/
Fran Golden http://www.porthole.com/blog
Chris Owen http://www.chriscruises.com/
Danielle Fear http://cruisemiss.com/
Sherry Laskin http://www.cruisemaven.com/
Tip 3: I highly recommend you start out with a short cruise. If you determine you don’t like vacationing on the high seas, it’s easier to grit your teeth and bear it through 2 or 3 days than 7 or 8. Shorter cruises generally cost less, too, so you won’t feel like you have wasted your time and money. And if you decide you do like cruising, hey, you’ll be raring to go!
Tip 4: Figure out where you want to go. A cruise to Alaska will offer a vastly different experience than one to the Southern Caribbean.
Tip 5: Pick the right cruise line. If you bring kids along, they’ll be bored to tears (and you might be a little embarrassed) on a romantic cruise. Likewise, if you’re honeymooning, stay away from the cruises that pander to kids.
Tip 6: Be sure to check the cruise line website for “Things to Know before You Go.”
P.S. Here are some “Shore Excursions” for The Love Boat Bachelor (TLBB):
Marji Laine blog: E-mail to Roselle: Day 1 At Sea
Marji Laine: Interview on Carole Towriss blog: 8 Reasons Romance is a Joke