Cruise in Hainan

Everything You Should Know Before Booking a Cruise

Booking a cruise may be intimidating, especially if this is your first time. However, it will be an unforgettable experience not only for you but also for all the people who are going to join you. Before you sail the ocean, you must understand that each cruise is different, depending on the destination and even the ship of your choice.

Are you ready to sail for an experience like no other? Before you go and explore, let’s assume the Komodo National Park, there are still a few things you should know. They will help you prepare for the journey, as well as make your experience smoother and less complicated. Whether you are a first-time cruiser or an experienced adventurer looking for some new tips, here you will find everything you need.

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Cruises Are Not Always Expensive

If you have always wanted to book a cruise, but your wallet doesn’t agree, maybe you haven’t look for the best deal yet. You can just sign up for your favorite cruise line’s newsletter, or surf the web and wait for a last-minute steal.

What to Wear

You can’t just pack all your wardrobe and sail the ocean. Cruise lines tend to have strict regulations about the number and the size of the allowed gabs you can bring along. Besides, you must pack by taking into account the weather of your destination. Based on the activities you want to try on the ship, you may need additional clothing. For example, men may wear a suit or tux for dinner with the captain.

You Can Get Seasick

No matter how many times you have travelled before: you can also get seasick. Some oceans are known for their high waves, and they may make you feel… Titanic. You can be prepared to solve any unpleasant situations by having a few tablets in your pockets.

Another solution may be trying one of those little elastics that are usually worn on your wrists. They press against your pressure points, helping keep seasickness at bay. Although they generally work with kids, they may not be valid with adults, but you can still give them a try.

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What If There Is an Emergency?

Although we all hope you enjoy your holidays, emergencies may still happen. This includes medical issues, family accidents and many others. The majority of cruise lines will just let you get off the ship at the closest port of call. This will allow you to catch the first flight or train to go back home.

A refund of your whole journey may not be possible. However, you can still have a small compensation if you decide to leave the cruise and you hold adequate evidence of your emergencies.

Not All Cabins Are Created Equal

When you book a hotel room, you will see that there are different alternatives, based on the final price. The same applies to cabin rooms, and this means that you must pay close attention when booking your holidays.

If the price of your cruise looks ridiculously low, then maybe you will end up sleeping in a small room. Some of these are tiny, enclosed spaces, which may not even have a window to admire the ocean. If this is the case, you can pay a little extra to upgrade your room, either before sailing than once you are on the ship.

You Don’t Really Need All Those Onboard Souvenirs

In some cases, cruise ships are just like smaller amusement parks. Everyone will try to sell you everything, making you tempted to invest your money in any object or service that may potentially make your holidays unforgettable.

Keep in mind that all these services are trying to bank on your sentimentality. You don’t really need to pay for a picture with the captain, nor buy a T-shirt with the name of the cruise line. On the other hand, if this is your first time cruising, or if you are travelling with your children, then you may decide to spoil your family with only a few little extras.

All-Inclusive Is All-Worthy

You will soon find out that almost every cruise line offers an all-inclusive package. These options tend to be expensive, but they offer a fixed number of meals and drinks. This means that, once you choose the all-inclusive service, you will not have to think about how much you’ll spend on board.

Besides, all-inclusive options often include useful perks, such as Internet minutes, a voucher for the spa, or a bigger cabin. At the end of the day, all these facilities and amenities are going to be expensive, but at least you can pay for them in advance and enjoy your time on the ship without having to worry too much about money.

Further Reading

Here’s some extra reading to save hundreds on your next vacation or stage of your journey.

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About Sam Hoffman

Sam Hoffman is a content marketing consultant specializing in the travel niche. He found his real passion – traveling, while he was taking a cruise down Mekong River in Southeast Asia, and he’s been in the travel business ever since. One of his greatest pleasures is writing exciting and informative stories about the places he visited around the globe. Most of the time, you can find him drinking coffee in a local coffee shop, consulting with clients or writing articles.
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