What do sun-soaked sand, Alaskan glaciers, and feats of engineering like the Panama Canal have in common? All can be explored from the comfort of a cruise ship. If you are looking for a vacation that will allow you to visit several fascinating places without your having to unpack your bags and settle into a room more than once, a cruise may be perfect for you. Before you make cruise arrangements and prepare to set sail for the first time, consider the following tips to help the cruise planning process go smoothly.
Think About Your Party
Many cruise lines welcome passengers of all kinds, but some voyages (and even some cruise lines) are themed or tailored to cater to a specific segment of the population. If you are looking to spend time on a quiet honeymoon cruise, a relaxed senior citizen cruise, or a family-friendly cruise with day camp for children and activities that the whole family will enjoy, a cruise travel agent can help you find a cruise that is tailored to your party’s interests
Get to Know the Ship You Will Sail On
Some cruise ships have been described as floating villages; others as floating cities. Research the ship that you will be sailing on before you set off to familiarize yourself with the ship’s amenities, dining, and entertainment options.
Book Shore Excursions
Memorable adventures await at every port your cruise ship docks at. Outdoor adventures such as kayaking, horseback riding, and zip lining may be available at some ports, as well as historic city bus and walking tours. A travel agent who is familiar with the region in which you will cruise can answer any questions you may have about these excursions
Choose When You Will Eat
Healthful, gourmet salads; hearty soups to whet your appetite; the freshest seafood you will ever encounter; an array of mouthwatering dessert options. For many travelers, eating is a highlight of the cruising experience. Most cruise lines include multi-course dinners prepared by renowned chefs in the price of a package. When you book with a travel agent, you will typically be asked to choose between an early (typically around 6:00) or late (around 8:30 PM) dinner arrangements.
Regardless of what ports of call you would like to visit, who will be traveling with you, and what you are looking for in an on-board experience, a travel agent with decades of experience planning cruise travel can help you find the perfect cruise. For cruise booking, flights to and from the cruise’s starting/ending point, and other trip preparation assistance from a St. Louis travel professional, call Brentwood Travel at (314) 439-5700.
Brentwood Travel Vacation Experts
Serving Greater St. Louis since 1957, we specialize in cruises, all-inclusive vacations, tour packages, honeymoons, and group travel.