Booking The Best Caribbean Cruise

Are you looking for a new cruise destination? It's a good idea to consider the Caribbean for many reasons. First of all, the Caribbean has some of the most beautiful scenery you could imagine. Secondly, as of 2015 the prices for Caribbean cruises are on a downward trend. It's the perfect time to get more bang for your buck.

Not all cruises are the same.

The first thing you should decide is the type of cruise you want to take. Are you looking for something romantic or more family-friendly fun? If you're looking for a single Caribbean experience, you're looking at more savings!

It's important to consider this subject when booking a cruise in order to tailor your adventure to the perfect experience for you and your family. If you're expecting a honeymoon cruise but book a family-style excursion, you might not end up with the itinerary you had originally planned on having.

You'll also want to check the shore excursions the cruise includes. Some may include kayaking, shopping, or even environmental activities. If that sounds up your alley, be sure to check out Royal Caribbean International packages. There are also packages specifically geared toward families, romance, and much more.

Plan ahead and book early.

The time of the cruise is crucial for your adventure. If the island you're wishing to visit has a rainy season, you'll want to avoid the downpour. You can start checking weather conditions for the area online to find out when the weather is perfect for your expected vacation.

Be flexible with the time of your trip, however. This will save you money in the long run. If you book in advance, then you'll also get a cheaper package. Paying less money for the cruise itself means you'll have more money to spend on other expeditions while on the trip. You can also keep an eye out for sales that may be offered via the cruise line.

Considering the travel off-season might also make for a more enjoyable trip. For one thing, it'll save you money, which is always good. Additionally, there may be fewer people, which means you and your family will spend less time navigating your way through crowds.

Smaller ships don't mean fewer amenities.

The size of the ship isn't something people often consider, but it's just as important as the timing and price. There are a few key points that you should keep in mind with size.

Large Ships

A large cruise ship will have every amenity you can think of and more. Large cruise ship companies often pride themselves on all of the entertainment options they've packed into one ship.

However, "packed" is the key phrase. If you're looking for a romantic getaway, a large cruise ship may feel like a small city with 5,000 people around you at all times. It can be daunting.

On the other hand, the amount of dining options can be daunting, in a good way. You can have Italian one night and burgers the next. Unfortunately, you'll most likely be paying more, and reservations can be difficult to come by due to the amount of passengers on board.

Small Ships

Small ships will offer that small, romantic getaway you might be expecting. The smaller cruise ships will have fewer people, which means you're likely to make a few friends. On a small ship, however, you're going to see the same people over and over again. Whether that's good or bad, you decide.

Dining options will have less variety, but the food may be better. Think of it like a buffet. If you have a cook that specializes in one thing, the food is stupendous! Buffets are good, but the food is medium quality at best.

Entertainment and activities will be less numerous, but you won't lose your family among the hubbub of larger ships. The small ships will oftentimes have more off-ship excursions at the destination as well. You'll have a better chance of taking in culture this way.

The Style of the Cabin

The style of the ship and cabin can be a deal breaker. Some rooms have sweeping ocean views while others only overlook a ship's interior atrium. If you want your trip to present a specific theme, you'll want the room to also reflect this. A family trip can feel cramped in a small cabin, so you'll want to find larger amenities. A romantic trip might want mood lighting and a dreamy setting. Be sure to check out the style of the ship and cabin before booking any trip.

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