Many cruise liners offer all inclusive packages for individuals as well as families. These packages include cost of living, meals, beverages as well as entertainment on board. This means that you do not have to worry too much about your budget once on board, but be aware that things vary from offer to offer, so it is advised to cross-check your package contract in order to avoid any confusions and misunderstandings.
Planning a cruise involves many decisions. First time cruisers should probably work with a travel agent who is experienced in booking cruises. Some of the things you need to decide before booking are: How much you are prepared to spend on the cruise. Where you want to cruise. The type of cruise ship you prefer. The type of cabin you prefer. The kind of things you like to do while cruising. The facilities on board the cruise ship you want to be available. If you like to dress up. What time you want to eat dinner. How you will get to the cruise ship.
When trying to find the best cruise package to suit your needs, it`s important to consider the time of year when you are planning to travel. This can have a big impact on both the price you pay and the experience you have. For instance, you may fancy a summer cruise in the Caribbean but this will coincide with hurricane season. The trip could be blighted by treacherously high winds and heavy rain. Furthermore, as with many holiday destinations, travelling in summer is often more expensive so it could make sense to travel out of season.
If you are looking for bargains, then booking during `wave period` might help. This runs from January to March and is traditionally the time of year when cruise lines offer their best deals to ensure that their liners are booked up for the year ahead. Unlike other types of holiday, where it pays to leave booking until the last minute, the best deals on both price and availability often go to those who book their cruise as far in advance as possible.