What do we have in mind when we pronounce "Cruise"? First of all, it's a comfortable and pleasant way of spending time. Modern cruise ships look like diminutive towns, where are a lot of entertaining opportunities both for single travelers and families with children. There are several types of cruises: river, sea and oceans.
Cruise is a very thing which allows you to combine interesting with pleasant. You won't have any transfers from one hotel to another; you won't have additional tiring flights and so on. At the same time you visit different countries and places, make exciting tours, meet a lot of interesting people. Moreover, various cozy restaurants and bars, music and movie halls, boutiques and shops work on board.
Many families with their children would prefer vacations in different types of cruises before; nowadays cruise companies develop leisure and edifying programs, destined for children of all ages. Advanced teachers and animators will be occupied with your children during cruise.
When you plan your first cruise, of course you discuss with family or friends where you'd like to travel, what destinations you want to visit first. You might have heard something, seen photos from cruises taken by your relatives or friends, read in magazines or web sites about cruises: how much fun, interesting, relaxing cruising can be. First-time cruisers should ask a travel agent who is experienced in booking cruises.
People of all ages are welcome on a cruise ship. You can find a cruise that will give any age group a memorable vacation. Many people often say they have found it as the best family vacation. If you don't have children or don't want to go with them on vacation, there are cruise ships that are almost adult only or won't have many children.
The most comfortable and also popular ways of transportation to the ship's embarkation point are flying or driving. Driving is under your control, but might not be reasonable unless you live within a day's drive of an embarkation point.
Most cruise lines can sell you a combination "fly-cruise" package. This often is much easier, but you should compare the cruise line airfare price to booking your flight independently.
The "fly-cruise" price usually includes transfers between the ship and the airport, which sometimes add to the cost if you fly on your own. In addition, the cruise line usually transfers your luggage directly to your cabin. For cruisers who over-pack, this can be important. This is also a good idea to let the cruise line take care of your flight, because sometimes the ship will be held up if your flight is late arriving.
If you booked a cruise line flight, there will probably be other cruisers on your plane. The more of you are going to the same ship, the more likely the ship's departure will be delayed if your flight is late arriving.
If you want to book your flight independently, you should get to the departure city a day earlier to avoid stress of worrying about flight problems.
Now you are almost ready to call a travel agent and choose a cruise line and ship.