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Every year more people are discovering the value of the all-inclusive nature of a cruise vacation. Many of those people will return to cruising again and again because they enjoy the many luxuries provided by the package the Cruise Line has put together for them. But, because there are many differences in the types of cruises available and a cruise is an all-inclusive package it becomes very important that you pick the right cruise for you. It’s all or nothing, so you’ll want to do a little research to find out if the "all" in their package is just what you are looking for in a vacation.

How long are cruises?
The 3-day weekend, 4-day midweek, week long, 10 day are all popular, but you can also find cruises that are several months in length. You can find 2-day cruises and even some lasting only a few hours just to gamble in international waters. In other words, any combination of time from hours to months are offered to attract your vacation dollars.

Where do cruises go?
Just about anywhere in the world. The Caribbean, Pacific coast of California, Mexico and Alaska are popular among tourists from the United States. But, cruising is basically found where ever you find water.

What factors should I consider to help me decide which cruise to pick?
  • The amount you have budgeted and the overall cost of the cruise.
  • Any special price breaks or deals.
  • The Cruise Line’s reputation for the quality of its cuisine and its menu.
  • The Cruise Line’s reputation for customer service.
  • The Cruise Line’s previous ship safety and cleanliness record.
  • The overall atmosphere the cruise conveys. Whether it is family fun, party time, quite elegant sophistication or romantic getaway.
  • The length of the Cruise.
  • The Ship’s own facilities.
  • On ship activities planned.
  • Any theme attached to the cruise.
  • The ports you will be visiting.
  • The shore excursions that the Cruise Line offers.

How can I pick the best Hotel for me?
  • Ask around and consider their customer service record. What ratings have they received from independent rating organizations?
  • Evaluate their franchise for consistency. Many Hotel’s are franchised so you’ll want to see how the particular location fits into the Hotel’s chain. Find out how the chain rates this particular property within their organization.
  • Consider their Hotel policies, are they favorable to you or do they penalize you in some way.
  • Find out what partnerships they have that could save you money in other areas. Many Hotels have agreements with airlines, rental car or credit card companies.
  • See if they credit your frequent flyer or frequent guest programs with points.
  • Check the Hotel Chain's locations. Does their Hotel chain have locations where you travel? Do they have international locations?
  • Check the individual hotel's location. Is their airport hotel really close to the airport?
  • Evaluate their facility. When were the rooms last remodeled? Does it have the types of features you need? How well does it suit your need for the quick overnight stay or the weeklong resort vacation? Do they have business suites or meeting rooms available if you need them? Does the particular Hotel you want to stay in located in a safe part of town? Is any major construction going on in the area around your Hotel’s location? Will there be any large groups staying at the Hotel that could negatively impact your stay?
  • Do they offer the types of extra services you need? Do they have a concierge, shuttle or laundry service?
  • Can they honor your special requests?
  • See if they offer a Premium or Loyalty Club that feature the services you need.
  • Check to see if you belong to any groups that entitle you to a special deal with a particular Hotel.
  • Consider their rates and the availability of any coupons or discounts. See who offers the best overall deal for your budget.

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