There are some nuances.
Meals are all-inclusive, highest level of service, as well as the opportunity to visit many places over a short period of time, moving in a very comfortable environment, only a small part of cruise benefits. However, compared to the other options on this type of tourism we know is not much.
How to save money on the purchase
Unlike most travel services, where the purchase directly from the supplier saves your budget, a cruise is best to buy from travel agencies. And cheaper to does not apply to domestic and to foreign travel agencies. Some tours impossible not to buy through intermediaries.
Being relatively free with the dates selected for swimming, you will also be able pretty save. On hand you (and your wallet) will play the rest in the so-called low season. But here you need to know the measure. For example, around South America in the summer cruise no offers as there’s winter. Keep in mind that to the cost of the voyage added more ports, which at the long round is comparable to the price of the cruise. Gratuities ($10-12 per day per person) can also be attributed to the so-called mandatory additional spending. This amount is divided between personnel who are directly involved in your care. However, from a tip, if conscience allows, you can often give up.
Pitching and seasickness
Perspective to pay the money and all the way to suffer from motion sickness very few people are able to attract. However, experienced travelers know that the intensity of the rocking of the ship depends on its size. The larger the liner, the more resistant and more comfortable to passengers. So if you booked a trip on Harmony of the Seas (the biggest ship of modernity), exceeds the size of the Titanic more than five times, can relax and nothing to worry about, the waves won’t bother you. There are also special wristbands for motion sickness, the mechanism of which are aimed at pinching pressure points and inhibit the development of motion sickness. Relieve the symptoms of motion sickness is capable, and medications, such as Bonine or Dramamine.
Cunning choice of cabin
Cabins come in four types: internal (cheaper), with a window (expensive), with balcony (more expensive) and a Suite (a real apartment). And then the trick is that you can select a specific cabin, but only to specify its type. Most often you at check-in time will make a free upgrade of room to a higher level for the same money. Please note that the balcony is not always a good solution. In autumn and winter and in Northern latitudes it will only create more discomfort due to the cool and windy weather.
The Internet and mobile communications
Ship Internet connection provided by satellites. Therefore it is, firstly, very expensive, and secondly, has a low speed. You can use wireless Internet in a cafe on land. If you really do need to go to the Internet network on Board, be prepared to pay a tidy sum ($0.75 per minute). Offer on Board and package deals for the 100, 150, 250 minutes for $60, $75 and $100, respectively. Don’t forget to close the session at the end of use, otherwise cash with your card will leak even after you disconnect from the network.
The subtleties of the wardrobe
Depending on the length of your tour (from three nights to four months) take the appropriate amount of outfits. Note that constantly operating in the ship the air conditioners keep the temperature around 18-20 °With, on the open deck is also pretty cool, so things are a little warmer you will definitely come in handy. Another point concerns the accepted dress code in restaurants where you are unlikely to be allowed in shorts or a pareo. The place will always be style smart-casual. Bring a couple of outfits from the series “for special occasions”, in order to smoothly look at special evenings organised several times during the tour.
Copies of documents
Documents along with the money — the essential must-have, without which your vacation will not take place. Just in case, make several copies of your documents (one to leave relatives or friends). At landfall, as a rule, the documents you is not taken. In case of delay to the next nearest port you will get yourself, but you will be agent with your stuff.
How to save money on the trip
Add in the travel budget for potential costs: excursions and on Board expenses not included in the tour price (for example, massage in the Spa, dinner in restaurants a La carte and drinks). Alcohol you can take with you in advance. The rules can carry a bottle per person, however, if you put one in your hand Luggage and suitcase, which will be shipped separately from you, you get twice as much. Also, if you buy excursion programs not on the ship, and directly from local agencies, the savings will also be substantial.
The liner is a city afloat, and passengers, no matter how corny it sounds, can be different. Here tips are not new: not be too Frank with strangers, lock the doors, not to bring a lot of cash, store valuables in the safe. Near the tourist shops and street performers in the stopping points are often wielded by local speculators. Be on the lookout. In advance think about your route and the sights that wish to attend, check with the local prices (especially taxi), avoid poorly lit underpopulated areas.
Carefully observe hygiene
The simultaneous presence of a large number of people in a confined space could lead not only to accidents but also potential problems of sanitary-hygienic plan. One of the dangerous threats can become infection intestinal infection. And although the entire staff is constantly monitoring cleanliness, attention to personal hygiene won’t charge you. The most simple, yet effective rule: thorough hand-washing after visiting the toilet and before eating. There is one more thing that can spoil your perfect swimming, bedbugs. On the first day check your bed and bedding.
Buy reliable insurance
Although, according to UNESCO, cruises are the safest form of recreation, common sense and forethought never hurt anyone. Advance pick up insurance from a proven company and examine all possible insurance cases before the voyage. The insurance should work in the region where you are going. The cost of the ship medical services you certainly will not be pleased. A simple consultation from $75 to $250 depending on the company. Call a doctor to his cabin will cost more, but if the need arose in the night, the margin will be even higher.
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