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12
Sep '07

Cruise ships make a great vacation choice for the whole family.

Cruising has become a popular vacation choice these days. However, there are many things you need to know and do before you go on a cruise. First, of course, is finding the right cruise ship for you and your family. You can either go through an agent or do it on your own and get in touch with the cruise liner over the internet or on the phone. When choosing a cruise ship, there are some things you need to keep in mind.

Decide the length of the trip based on your budget and the number of days you can spend on board the cruise ship. Check out some pictures of staterooms or cabins before booking. Find out what amenities and activities the ship has to offer. Confirm whether the price of your ticket includes sightseeing tours at one or more of the ports of call. You don’t want to be surprised later. Choosing days other than holidays and weekends, may help you get a better deal. If you have very young children you might want to make sure that there is enough onboard to keep them busy and entertained. Also check to see if babysitting services are available in case you need to spend some quality time alone with your spouse. Even though you are on vacation, keep a tuxedo or suit handy and an evening dress for the ladies because many of the restaurants on cruise ships have a dress code for dinner.

Have all necessary travel and citizenship documents ready, particularly if you are embarking on an international cruise. If you go through a travel agent, they usually help out with these formalities. But if you are on your own, you will have to go through the relevant authorities. Usually, once your passport and documents are verified at the boarding point, you will be given an access pass which is your identification and also acts as your credit card. Usually drinks, bottled water and spa charges come at extra cost.