As the Cole Porter song so rightly says, “There’s no cure like vacation.” Whether you’re looking to spend the weekend “Down Mexico Way,” spend “One Night in Bangkok,” or take in the ever-beautiful “Sous le Ciel de Paris,” there’s nothing quite like leaving the sameness of home behind for the excitement of going out into the world and exploring some of its greatest cities or most beautiful natural wonders.
Here are a few things you should look for and, indeed, expect when booking the best luxury cruises.
Emphasis on the “Luxury” Part
There are different kinds of cruises and while there’s nothing wrong with going on a budget trip, you’ll want to indulge yourself a bit for the full vacation experience. After all, you’re on vacation! From on-board entertainment and spa areas to fine dining options and spacious accommodations, go ahead and pamper yourself. While cutting corners can be fine if you’re looking to travel on a budget, if you have that little extra to spend, you definitely should (within reason, of course), given how that “little extra” can go a long way in adding to the overall comfort and thus enjoyableness of the experience.
Location, Location, Location
It’s the golden rule of real estate and it holds true for the cruise industry as well; it’s all about location, location, location. You can have the most luxurious accommodations and be incredibly pampered by the cruise line but if the ship itself is headed towards a garbage dump off the coast of New Jersey, chances are that neither “luxury” nor “vacation” are going to be the first words that come to mind.
Vacations can and should be more than just a way to get away from it all. They’re a great chance to enrich ourselves. At a time when our world seems so divided and our policies and politics more divisive than ever, vacations are a great way to meet other people from other countries and learn to not just share but, indeed, revel in our common humanity and culture. Whether you’re looking to spend a few days in Cancun or cruise around the Mediterranean Coast, make your next cruise a bit more meaningful.
The Stop Schedule
It may seem to be a minor detail at first but it could play a major role in your capacity to enjoy a cruise. Before you book your ticket, you’ll want to check a cruise’s stop schedule. How many times does the cruise liner stop? And where? How long are stops? And is that alright with you? Take the time to research those questions and make sure that you have not just the right destination but the right cruise schedule for you.
Check the Facilities
Of course, for as important as location can be, you still need to take the time to ensure that the basics are in place and the facilities are up to snuff. We’ve all heard cruise line horror stories about poor accommodations such as cramped rooms, filthy bathrooms, an uncouth atmosphere, and so on. Do your due diligence and research any cruise line’s reviews and reputation before booking your trip.
Follow these few quick and easy tips and travel the world in style with a great luxury cruise today!