I THOUGHT THIS WAS A SENIOR CRUISE

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Poor Granny, she booked the wrong type of cruise

Yes, Granny when there are so many cruise lines to choose from, it is very easy to book the wrong type, if you haven’t done a little research.


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The Ins and Outs of Selecting the Correct Type of Cruise

Booking a cruise to fit your personality is more important than selecting the itinerary.  Yes, the itinerary matters but do not assume all ships are the same.  Let’s assume you are a mature adult traveling with your significant other, or a companion, then ask yourself the following questions; the answers will help you determine which ship is the one to provide you with your perfect cruise vacation:

  • Do we want an adult cruise, or do we feel comfortable on a ship that caters to families?
  • Is the stateroom layout comfortable enough for our cruise duration?
  • Are the dining options compatible with our tastes and can we select from different types of cuisine?
  • Are the amenities offered on the ship appealing to us?
  • Is the nightly entertainment aimed for our age group?
  • Will we be traveling during summer or a holiday when we may be surrounded by families or younger adults looking to party?

Also, consider, are you into:

  • relaxing
  • partying
  • cultural experiences
  • family time

Are you traveling:

  • solo
  • couples
  • seniors
  • family
  • handicapped
  • LGBT

What type of ship should you book:

  • if you are into culture and history, do not book a party line
  • if you don’t like to dress up, do not pick a ship that has black-tie nights

When you have answered these questions and reviewed the considerations above, then book your cruise line accordingly.

THE BEST OF . . .

The following lists, which I find very informative, were compiled by CruiseCritic and based on the surveys and reviews by actual cruisers.

Carnival Liberty for First Timers

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Carnival Cruise Lines


BEST CRUISES FOR FIRST TIMERS

  • Carnival Cruise Line – best for Value hunters
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises – best for Luxury seekers
  • Royal Caribbean International – best for Families with tweens or teens
  • Disney Cruise Line – best for Families with small children
  • Silversea Cruises – best for Mature cruisers
  • Holland America Line – best for Singles
  • Oceania Cruises – best for Foodies
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – best for Entertainment enthusiasts
  • Cunard Line – best for Enrichment seekers
  • Linblad Expeditions – best for Adventurers
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises – best for Romantics
  • Viking River Cruises – best for River cruisers

 

Disney Cruise Lines for Young Families

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BEST CRUISES FOR FAMILIES AND KIDS

Disney Cruise Line

Celebrity Cruise Lines – Best for Seniors

BEST CRUISES FOR SENIORS

Celebrity Cruise Line

princess cruise

Princess Cruises voted #1 for Couples

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BEST CRUISES FOR COUPLES

Princess Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Lines – Best for Young Adults

BEST CRUISES FOR YOUNG ADULTS IN THEIR 20s AND 30s

Carnival Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean International – Symphony of the Seas
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BEST CRUISE SHIPS FOR CRUISERS WITH HANDICAP OR DISABILITIES

An article written by Cruise Critic writers Brittany Chrusciel and Larry Bleiberg entitled “9 Best Ships for Cruisers with Disabilities” highlights the various features of each ship above, placing them in a category of excellence for physical accessibility and accommodation to passengers with hearing and visual impairments.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

Required Identification and Proof of Citizenship

All cruise line passengers must provide proper travel documentation when boarding the ship.  Because documentation requirements vary by the citizenship and residence of each passenger (as well as the specific ports that your cruise visits), it is your responsibility to determine what documentation is required and to acquire that documentation before the cruise.

Check VisaHQ, on the sidebar, for assistance in determining what documents are required for your specific cruise or vacation destination.

NOTE: Documentation requirements are complex and may be subject to change at any time.  Therefore, all cruise passengers should visit www.travel.state.gov (U.S. Department of State) or other authoritative sources, such as VisaHQ, for the latest passport and visa requirements as well as any overseas travel advisories.


TRAVEL INSURANCE

Don’t Leave Home Without Travel Insurance

You shouldn’t forget travel insurance since it is a must for any overseas journey, but it’s especially important for cruises.  If you must cancel your cruise last minute for a covered reason such as:

  • your luggage goes missing
  • you experience a covered medical emergency
  • or, other listed occurrences

Travel insurance can save the day. Relax. Take travel insurance with you. Get a Quote Now at TravelexInsurance.com!

Here’s to “A World of Joy“.


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