How to Book a Vacation Cruise & Keep Your Head Above Water

Things to know before booking a cruise
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Vacation Cruise Tips From A Veteran Travel Writer

Whether you’re new to a vacation cruise or a veteran of the genre, the lure of the open sea remains unchanged. Water, sunshine, fun, food. What’s not to love? If you are planning you first cruise, or have been on a cruise and would benefit from sharpening your cruise ship acumen, take a few minutes to read through the cruising survival tips from Aquatic Design & Engineering President & Creative Director Josh Martin below. Planning a cruise can be complicated and pricey, so Josh offers sage tips to help you keep your head above water.

Don’t shell out for a balcony room: Martin says this “classic up-sell” might be good for honeymooners or hermits who don’t want to leave their room, but with all of the food, activities, excursions, and entertainment, you’re not going to use it much.

Resist excursion coercion: Martin says that while day-trip excursions can conveniently be planned and booked in advance, they are often marked up and pretty basic. Instead, scope out other options offered by “smaller, local companies or make yourself a bespoke day-trip so you can beat the crowds, find the sweet spots and nab a bargain all in one move.”

Dockside dining: Martin says you should take any opportunity you get to hop off the boat and eat local. Sure, it might cost a little more to sample the local fare, but buffet food can get boring and you’ll also avoid the ship’s markups and upsells on drinks and other extras.

For the rest of Martin’s tips, click here to read his article in its entirety.

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About Bob Schrichte

Robert Bob Schrichte is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Communications. Bob’s background is in both sales and writing. He enjoys spoiling a good walk in the woods by bringing along his golf bag.

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