Learn the secrets to getting the best value and having the most fun on your cruise, from people who cruise all the time. Cruising can be simultaneously, the most relaxing and the most fun vacation that you have ever had, if you just follow the recommendations of cruising aficionados. But if you don't know what those recommendations are, you can't follow them. Learn how to pick a cruise travel agent, a cruise line, a ship, a cabin and a destination. Learn what to pack, what to expect and all about cruise ship etiquette. Learn the simple steps to be prepared for unlikely problems. In short, learn how to cruise, as if you've been taking two or three cruise vacations every year, for decades.
Some of the things that are covered in Cruise Secrets of Seasoned Cruisers are:
Why Are Cruises So Popular?
Choosing a Cruise Travel Agent
- Online Cruise Brokers
- Local Cruise Travel Agents
Cruise Critic: An Online Cruise Enthusiasts Community
What To Look For in a Cruise Ship
- The Staterooms
Choosing the Right Stateroom
- Four Main Factors in Choosing a Stateroom
Destinations and Ports of Call
- Port Facilities
- Popular Ports of Call
- The Ship is the Destination
- Departure / Arrival Ports
Cruise Ship Etiquette
Cruise Ship Gambling
What to Bring / What to Leave Home
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About the Author
Just over a year after their first cruise, the Carpenters were passengers on the inaugural sailing of Royal Caribbean’s grand experiment, the Sovereign of the Seas. The Sovereign was then, the largest cruise ship in the world. Moreover, it had been many decades since that title had changed hands, which made this sailing one of the biggest events in cruising, for many years prior and for quite a few years afterwards. The Sovereign was the first of the modern mega-cruise ships, with a multi-deck atrium and a huge multi-deck theater. For her size, she was faster and had a shallower draft than her contemporaries.
Since that time, the Carpenters have cruised on much larger and much smaller ships. They have sailed on many of the newer mega-ships, but have also literally “sailed” aboard the four-masted steel sailing cruise ship, Windstar. Over the years, they have made port in more than 50 ports around the world “...and that’s a conservative guess”, says Reginald. Now that they’re retired, the Carpenters are planning an Antarctic cruise.
After accumulating all those years of cruising experience, Reginald and Lillian have decided to sit down and share some of the secrets that they’ve learned, over the years - secrets that often save them money on cruises and always makes their cruising more enjoyable and hassle-free.
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