What to consider while planning a cruise ship voyage

Pick a cruise company that has a proven track record as choosing the right firm is pivotal. Photo: Shutterstock/Zigres

More travellers nowadays are hopping on luxury cruise liners to experience the thrill of travelling on floating paradises. But one should consider many factors while zeroing in on a cruise ship, especially for the first few voyages, for a memorable trip.

Currently, the tourism industry is flooded with a plethora of tour packages offered by cruise companies and let’s see how the best deal could be struck from the clutter.

Point of departure and budget
It is important to go for the right port of departure as the travel expenses will vary with the place you choose for the start of the voyage.

Moreover, the point of departure has a close bearing on whether the voyage is through places with summer or high seas or touches exquisite islands on the way. Besides the port chosen to start the voyage, factors such as the cruise liner, the rooms selected and the season in which you are travelling will determine the total travel cost.

The quantum of tips given, the trips made at places where the ships dock and the celebrations onboard can stretch your travel expenses.

Cruise company
Pick a cruise company that has a proven track record as choosing the right firm is pivotal. Make it a point to zero in on a company that has made a mark among seasoned travellers.

Eyeing people voyaging with families, some of the cruise tour packages include facilities and games apt for such travellers. Other cruise tours include opulent facilities, nightlife and partying, and select a package that suits your travel needs.

Size of ship
The size of the ship also plays a key role in making the voyage memorable. The chances of having superlative facilities and avenues for fun and entertainment are pretty high in big ships but at the same time, small vessels can provide personalized services.

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A luxury vessel that belongs to Cordelia Cruises. Photo: Special Arrangement

Itinerary and time schedule
Make a list of times available at each port of call and the tourist centres in each place. If you are interested, you can visit the places of interest surrounding each port of call. For beginners, it is better to kick off the sea voyage aspirations with a short cruise trip.

Food and celebrations
The cruise ships are nothing but floating resorts and everyone would get something from these luxury vessels. Before selecting a cruise company, thoroughly check the onboard activities on offer as there are many cruise liners that line up interesting and fun tasks for children and family members. Though the cruise liners serve delicious dishes from different cuisines, make sure that they dish out what you like to eat.

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