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5 Tips for Choosing Your Next Cruise Itinerary

When you think about your next cruise vacation, what questions pop into your mind before you even decide which cruise line or even which destination to choose, much less the specific sailing, ship within that cruise line or even various ports of call within a particular destination?

This week I’d love to talk to you about the first part in any cruise decision-making process, which for me is going to be choosing a cruise itinerary.

#1 Consider Areas with Many Itinerary Options

Let’s say you want to go to the Caribbean. Okay, easy enough, right? Or is it? Some cruise lines can only go to the popular ports of call due to ship size, or they simply don’t visit certain ports of call.

There are 3 major areas for Caribbean sailings: Eastern, Western, or Southern. So let’s say you already know that the Western Caribbean means Mexico, Central America, and sometimes Jamaica. Within many Caribbean itineraries, you’ll find variety as to which islands or ports of call you may be able to visit.

#2  Blend a land adventure with the luxury of cruising
So just the Caribbean Cruise has a lot of options. But what if you want to do an Alaskan Cruise? If so, have you ever heard of a CruiseTour? That’s a land and sea combination trip.

One cruise line is wildly popular for their Alaskan CruiseTours because they’ve been doing Alaska by Sea for over 50 years, and they’ve even got their own land based lodges.

By the way, you can also do CruiseTours in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand!  There are probably many others, but those come to mind. The photo above is in Australia.

#3 Consider various types of cruising

How about river cruises? These are just as varied with at least 7-8 major river cruise lines that are doing all sorts of areas in Europe, including France, Germany, Portugal, and more exotic locations such as parts of Asia like the Mekong River, India’s Ganges, & even the Nile in Egypt!

Then you also have expedition cruises, True sailing with sails, American river cruising too!  River cruise India Egypt and Asia. Galapagos journeys, all-inclusive cruising is even an option with a Southern Pacific cruise through Tahiti, Fiji, Society Islands, & Cook Islands! Sometimes this is a better option in areas where all-inclusive hotels do not exist, like Hawaii.
#4 Consider the Cruise Line Specialties
As you can imagine, picking out the destination for your next cruise vacation is full of options! Sometimes a more unique itinerary or cruise line might cost a little more than you’re used to, but aren’t your vacations worth considering the next place you want to visit might not be visited by the cruise line you typically sail with? What part of unexplored territory will you go visit next with the people you love?
#5 Make a Bucket List!
Personally, I have a goal to sail on nearly every major cruise line and visit as many parts of the world as I can.

Destinations are absolutely abundant – literally all over the world!  The Caribbean, Canada/New England, Alaska, Hawaii, West Coast USA, Trans-oceanic, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Greek Islands, South America, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific, River Cruises in both the US and Europe, Galapagos Adventure Cruises, Antarctica Expedition Cruising, and so many more! What are your travel goals?

Consider the many options, and I’m always here to help you navigate the sometimes complicated & always intriguing waters of cruise planning.

Next time, we’ll talk about some really cool itineraries, cruise types, one-way cruises, sea vs. port days, overnights in port.

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