What’s Your Excuse for not Booking a Cruise?

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A holiday at sea is one of the most economical and enjoyable holidays in the entire travel sector. However, often, people don’t want to go on a cruise for a variety of reasons, but the excuses just don’t add up!

Travel agents say that they have heard it all before but certainly understand the concerns from their clients.

Below is a compilation of objections and replies supplied by our featured agents.

“It Costs Too Much”

Cruise holidays have often been cheaper than traditional land based holidays due to the fact that many essentials, such as food, board and entertainment all come included in the price. Although there are other optional services, you can still have a great time with all the complimentary items onboard. You could also skip the tour excursions and get into the city by yourself either by taxi or sometimes there may be a complimentary bus service.

Also be sure to book through a cruise agency who can often beat the cruise lines price and may even offer a cabin upgrade or onboard spending money.

“It Can Be Too Crowded”

Many people have the notion that a cruise ship is more like a sardine can, packed with passengers to the extent where you can’t breathe. This couldn’t be further from the truth as most ships are so large that there’s always a spot for privacy. It all depends on what time you choose to do things: if you head towards the poolside in the afternoon particularly on days at sea, it can get very crowded. But if you go swimming later on in the day, there will be less people.

 “I’m Worried I’ll Eat Too Much”

The buffet can be extremely tempting and passengers certainly don’t want to miss out on trying everything. There are fun ways and an enormous amount of options to make sure you remain trim while on the ship. Almost all major lines have onboard state-of-art fitness centres in the spa section of the ship. Many have jogging tracks with organised morning runs sometimes available.

“I’m Afraid I Will Get Seasick”

Cruise ships are so large and elaborate that the effects of seasickness aren’t as prominent as they would be on smaller ships or in the past. The ships have stabilisers on them to keep them from rocking if the sea gets rough. However, the easiest solution if seasick is still a concern is to pack some special medication such as Dramamine.

“I’m Fearful of a Rogue Wave”

Although they are extremely rare, rogue waves are still something to be concerned about. However, if you are nervous about this fact, just remember that percentage wise you are more likely to get hurt on the roads or in an aeroplane. In addition, there are many special safety precautions that will ensure the protection of all passengers. For your first cruise experience, it is suggested to take the plunge with a shorter duration itinerary in seas that are known to remain calm.

“I’m Concerned That There’s Nothing to Do When Not in Port”

Nothing could be further from the truth! There is always some sort of activity to do whilst onboard. This can range from the elaborate stage productions and gaming tables to bowling and even rock climbing. Shops are jammed packed and there are many enrichment programs or fun activities such as trivia quizzes and contests to keep you busy during sea days.

 “There’s Not Enough Time At The Port of Calls”

Although you may prefer to stay longer in each port, think of the ports of call as a sampler. The port that turns out to be your favourite can always be returned to for a full in-depth visit on your next holiday away.

There are probably many more excuses than mentioned here but the doubters just need a little more convincing!

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Booking a Cruise Holiday

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One of the most important things that people should know before booking a cruise holiday is how to make the reservation. Cruises offer all the elements of an inclusive resort, with the exception that the destination changes during the stay. A key factor in booking patterns in recent times is the price.

Many first time cruisers think that booking a holiday at sea is as simple as booking a flight. This is not the case, however, as the mantra of low prices that work for airlines might do damage to your cruising experience!

Internet Search

A basic search such as “cruise holiday” will bring up hundreds of sites. Any of these services will provide information on destinations, ships, amenities, and itineraries. From these resources, “target” exactly the cruise that may fit for budget, lifestyle and destination but use this method only as a guide.

Cruise Line Websites

Cruise line´s internet sites usually contain a prompt on their toolbar for “specials” or “limited offers.” Another method is enrolling to receive emails from the cruise lines for notifications of special offers. However, for first time cruisers, this process is intimidating as there is no one particular person to address any questions you may have. Booking with the cruise line directly does not mean all new promotions are made available to the consumer. Many special offers are allocated to a cruise agency.

Cruise Agencies

Potential passengers who are strictly on the lookout for the lowest price they can obtain may miss out on some perks that only a cruise agent knows about. These can include onboard credit, pre-paid tips, free drinks and specialty dining without an added charge. Cruise agents generally are very experienced and know the cruise industry inside and out. They know of the best deals available and the ships that offer ‘that something extra’ which in turn will lead to increased customer satisfaction.

Expertise of a Cruise Agent

When you are looking to book a cruise holiday you should look into getting information and/or help from a cruise agent either in person or on-line. The brochures offered by cruise lines look enticing, but a cruise agent can advise on which line or ship would best represent the cruise holiday experience and can match the client’s personality to the right cruise product.

You could easily be confused by all of the different cruise lines and may end up picking one that is too formal or too casual. For example, a cruise holiday for a family with young children on a line that normally is known for catering to adults would be disastrous. A ship full of party goers will have senior holiday makers probably never wanting to cruise again.

Agents will look after you throughout the booking process

A cruise agent is there to represent the passenger that books a holiday through them. They consider a booking as just the beginning of the cruise holiday process. They will follow the client’s cruise holiday booking before and after sailing. Even after the booking is made, they will continue to monitor pricing for new promotions and may even be able to obtain a lower fare before the final payment is made.

The most important advantage is that if something goes wrong during the cruise or it is unsatisfactory, the cruise agent is still available. They will follow up and represent you with any complaints to the cruise line. They are committed to making sure that their clients are happy with their services and will be become regular clients.

Choosing Destinations

Some cruise agents have even been to some of the destinations that are offered in an attempt to keep up with the changing landscape in travel. This means that they will have precious inside information on things to do at ports and the best time to visit. They also have information about all sorts of special deals and items available at their fingertips, which could potentially save you a lot of money during the trip.

Booking a cruise direct with the cruise line seems to make sense since the sailing is taking place on their ships. However, that could mean that any of the benefits or promotions that the various cruise specialists quote could be unavailable by a direct cruise line booking.

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