Cruises are a popular vacation choice for travelers of all ages – from families looking for adventure to couples seeking romance to single vacationers hoping to meet new people and explore the world. If you're planning an upcoming cruise vacation, there are a few considerations you should take into account before selecting a cruise line.
There are hundreds of cruise lines operating and they range from dastardly to over-the-top luxurious. Keep reading to learn some of the basics you should look for in a cruise line. From target markets to ship amenities, the right cruise line is out there for you.
1. Know the Target Markets
Some cruise lines have specific target markets. For example, Disney Cruises cater to families with children while other cruise lines offer cruises that are specifically for couples, single adults or seniors.
By being aware of the target market for not only your cruise line but also your specific sailing, that will help to ensure you do not wind up booking your romantic honey cruise on a Spring break party boat.
2. Read Customer Reviews
Before booking your next cruise, read traveler reviews online. You'll get great insight into what real travelers like you have to say about a ship, its staff, the amenities and the food.
If a review is over-the-top glowing or suspiciously poor, read another. Try to get a variety of opinions for a thorough and occasional more balanced idea of the ship.
3. Take a Virtual Tour
Most cruise lines offer virtual tours of their ships. Prospect customers can view videos or photos of everything from the individual cabins to the dining halls to the swimming pools.
Look over a map layout of the cruise line's boats and try to get a feel for where your cabin would be, especially relative to busy public areas or noisy crew facilities.
4. You Get What You Pay For
There are deals to be had on some cruise lines, but normally you get what you pay for. You should always look for discounts; although going off the beat path and opting to book a cruise on an unknown line with nothing but poor reviews simply because it's only $ 60 a day is a recipe for disaster. You'll wind up disappointed by the experience – or worse!
When it comes to choosing the right cruise line for you, do your research. Check online photos and video, read customer testimonials, review the target market and remember that cheaper is not always better.