Last summer, my family and I went on a cruise ship around Europe. After spending a few days in Amsterdam, we sailed to another port and took another cruise ship. One of the fun things about the cruises is that they give you the opportunity to try different things and see different parts of the world. In one day, we went from sunny Amsterdam to chilly Norway, and back again. The world is a beautiful place, and even though it can be chilly, I would not change a thing about it.
The downside to a cruise is that upon returning to the ship, you realize that you have a ton of extra baggage. On our first cruise, we brought back a car. On the second, it was a bike. Upon disembarking, you have to make a decision, either leave the vehicle at the port or bring it back on the ship. The third option is to rent a car or truck at the port. This is where most people trip up. If you are unfamiliar with car-sharing or how to combine car rental with a cruise, continue reading. We will teach you how to make the most of your cruise experience without all the extra work.
Take Advantage Of On-board Activities
One of the best things about a cruise is all the on-board activities. From going on fun rides with the kids to enjoying spa days and cooking lessons, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. On our cruise, we rode roller coasters and went on tours around the ship. My kids even got a thrill out of helping to clean the giant squid in the biology museum. They were able to touch a dead giant, octopus, or squid and cleaned every one of them. That was a big deal for them. The staff at the museum were really nice, and they gave them a little card where they could write their names and share their experience. It was such a positive experience. It is important to note that not all on-board activities are free. Some of them, such as the gym and spa treatments, cost money. However, you can get a good deal if you are booking a cruise that offers on-board gym and spa facilities.
Choose The Right Balcony Or Suite
One of the most important things to consider when booking a cruise is the location of the balcony. This determines how much you will enjoy yourself on the water. It is important to look for a balcony that overlooks the water. This way, you will be able to take advantage of the view while eating your evening meal or taking a stroll. Booking a suite is also a great option. These are the same as the ones on land, but on a boat. They usually come with a small kitchen, dining area, and living room, which makes them a great place to relax. You can also upgrade your suite to an ocean view balcony if you want to enjoy the same views but without all the noise coming from outside. If you are booking a suite, make sure that the staff are comfortable giving you assistance 24 hours a day, as there will be times when you may need someone to come and help you figure something out or give directions to a restaurant or port of call. You won’t want to be going up or down the stairs all the time, especially if you are carrying a lot of luggage. If you are using a wheelchair, check the hotel’s accessibility before booking a room. This way, you will not have any trouble enjoying your cruise.
Cruise At A Time When The Water Is More Appealing
The best time for a cruise is in the summer, when the water is at its hottest. During these months, the waves are more appealing and the water is more inviting. Most cruise lines have a minimum age requirement for their cruises. You have to be at least 18 years old to be able to cruise, so these months are ideal for getting your kid’s birth certificates changed so that they can enjoy a cruise with you. If you are an avid scuba diver or snorkeler, the best time for a cruise is in the winter. The water is usually clear and it gets cold, making for some pretty decent diving and snorkeling. The downside is that the water may still be a bit too cold for some people to enjoy themselves on the ocean. If you are booking a cruise during the winter, make sure that the ship’s crew is aware of your physical limitations. If they do not know what you are capable of, it could be dangerous if they are giving you instructions during a dive. Some ships have a maximum weight limit for their suites, so if you are over the limit, you will have to look for a different cabin. If you are on a cruise line that does not limit the weight of its suites, you may find that the cabin can become somewhat cramped. This is why it is best to look for a cruise line that offers a variety of options when it comes to cabins. It is also good to look for a line that offers special rates for kids. These are usually negotiated in advance when booking your cruise. Sometimes it is cheaper to book a cruise for adults and let the kids pay full price for their flights and snacks. It is easy enough for them to find entertainment on the boat. You will have the opportunity to bring your own games and movies to watch on the big screen in the cinema. Another plus of a cruise is all the wonderful onboard food. You will have the option to eat in restaurants or order room service. There are always a variety of options when it comes to food, so you are sure to find something that pleases everyone in your group.
Follow All The Local Rules
A big difference between a cruise and a land vacation, apart from the water, is all the additional rules and regulations that you have to follow. Cruises can be pretty tricky, especially if you are booking one that docks in multiple ports. It is best to research all the local rules and regulations before you go on a cruise so that you can avoid any problems. Cruising can be a lot of fun, but you have to make sure that you are prepared for all the extra work that comes with it. One of the main things to research is all the paperwork that you need to complete in advance. This includes getting a visa if you are from outside of Europe, health insurance, and vehicle documentation. You will also need to make sure that all your items are properly packed and checked before you go on the cruise. You will have to declare all liquid and gaseous fuels at the airport. If you are caught with these items in excess, you could face heavy fines or even imprisonment. Another thing to research is all the places that you will visit en route to your cruise ship. You will need to complete various landing forms at these ports of call, as well as show your passport and vehicle registration. It is also important to dress appropriately for the destinations that you visit. Depending on the climate, you may have to change your bathing suit and/or swimming gear. You should carry your passport and visa with you at all times while on the ship. These documents will allow you to go anywhere that you want, within the confines of the law. For more information, you can contact the nearest embassy or consulate. Doing research before you go is the key to a successful cruise. It will save you a lot of hassle if you do all the necessary paperwork in advance.
Consider All The Options
There are a lot of factors to consider when booking a cruise. From the location of the cabin to the time of year that you want to travel, there are a lot of options. It can be tricky to know where to start. The internet is full of reviews from previous cruises and it is easy to find information about what works and what does not work. Reading reviews is a great way to get an idea of what other people think. Consider all the options and make the best decision for you and your family. If you are booking a cruise for kids, you may want to look at all the family-friendly cruises that are available. It is also important to consider the type of food that you will eat on board. Some ships have really good restaurants, while others have shoddy eateries. It is always best to book a cruise that has a variety of options when it comes to cuisine. This will give you and your family the chance to try a range of foods, while also avoiding getting sick of the same five things all the time.