With the tough economy constantly breathing down your neck, it’s important that every cent that you are going to spend on your vacation is absolutely worth it. That’s why you need to plan ahead and do a lot of research before spending your hard earned money on a cruise vacation. Whether you are planning to go alone or with your family or your loved one, here are some tips to make sure your money doesn’t go to waste and you simply get the most out of it.
First and foremost you have to pick a cabin that goes easy on your pocket. Many newcomers to cruising find it very hard to make this choice. The best approach therefore is to get a very good understanding and learn to differentiate between the options that different cabins offer. Based on the layout there are four basic cabin types. Let’s consider the types one by one.
1- The inside cabins are the cheapest out of all cabin types and they have no window, ocean view or sunlight. The inside cabin on the plus side, even though less expensive affords all the other amenities enjoyed by passengers in other cabins. If you are not that keen on the ocean view and sunlight, then these cabins could turn out to be a very enjoyable solution for you.
2- The outside cabins have either portholes or picture windows the passengers can enjoy the outside view from. The outer cabins are always above the water level.
3- Balcony / Veranda cabins are superior to the outer cabins and offer a large view of the ocean and generally contain a door opening out to a balcony or veranda. These cabin balconies are often large enough for two people to sit.
4- The cabins called suites vary according to size, starting from junior suites which are slightly bigger than a balcony cabin, there are suites which are two to three times larger than the smaller ones. The bathrooms of these cabins could also be larger and may include extra features like tubs.
Now with cabins and their options discussed, we can start thinking about the next question. Which cabin will you pick? If you find it really hard, one thing you can do is consult a cruise counsellor to clarify things for you. However here are some great points that you should consider before making the choice.
1- Price is a very important thing you should take into account. You don’t have to excessively worry about the type of cabin you choose because almost all the modern cruise ships are one class. In the single class environment, the facilities, food and entertainment are equally available to everyone.
2- The second thing you should consider is the number of people. Suppose you take a family cabin that is intended for only three people but there are five members in your family. Thing can be pretty bad this way. Make sure that you have enough space for everyone.
3- Consider the cabin location, in general the higher cabins are more expensive than the cabins on the lower decks. Most passenger facilities are located on mid to higher decks. With modern ships this is not a very big issue as they have high speed elevators, added the decks of the lower decks in the modern ships are almost identical to the higher ones.