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One of my favorite ways to travel is cruising. I’ve stated it before, I love the fact that I can “try it before you buy it” on different islands in the Caribbean, and that I can get back on my “floating city” put my feet up and have someone take me away to my next adventure. Ahh, a little piece of heaven. Plus being a wife and mother, I LOVE the fact that I have someone else to make the bed everyday and pick up the room. Besides, who doesn’t LOVE the little towel animals?
When I bring up how much I love cruising everyone asks me, the same questions. Which cruise line is the best? What’s the best deal? When’s the best times to get the best deal? So, I thought that I would break it down a bit.
Which cruise line is the best? Well that’s a loaded question. It’s like asking which car company is the best. Everyone will give you a different answer. Some people prefer General Motors and some Honda. It’s all in the eyes of the beholder. Just like car companies that have their loyal customers, cruise lines have their loyal customers as well. For us, it’s Norwegian Cruise lines. And why? Very simple it fits our lifestyle the best. Mark is very honest when on vacation, no suits at dinner, and we really enjoy the restaurants. However, we also love Royal Caribbean and we want to take a sailing on the Carnival Vista. Oh and perhaps a Disney Cruise with the grandparents. I guess I’m not a loyalist after all.
What’s the best deal is another question that I get asked. Well it matters what you are looking for. I always look for the best value on a cruise. I personally think that cruises are very value driven, let me explain. I’m the kind of traveler that likes to see a lot when I’m on vacation. I also like to add in a day or two (sometimes three) of rest in a week’s vacation. However, I like to do new things and experience new places. I get to the port, board my cruise ship, unpack once and start enjoying my vacation right away. Usually I pick a cruise that has the first day at sea so that I can have a day of rest and relaxation. Next, I’m at a port of call that I wanted to see, I do that and back to the ship I go. Today’s cruise ships no longer have just the typical buffets, they offer excellent meals, top notch chef’s have their restaurants on the ships. So for me it’s an excellent value. With that said, when I look for the best “deal” I’m looking for the best value or “Bang” for my buck. I look for the restaurants and experiences that I want on my vacation and shop from there.
When’s the best time to get the best deal? Actually January through March is usually the best times to get the best deals. It’s the time of the year that the cruise lines are having their “sales”. From giving you extra freebies, to lower prices or lower deposits, it the time to start thinking about adding a cruise onto your docket.
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.