Quote: And that's the wonderful thing about family travel: it
provides you with experiences that will remain locked forever in the scar tissue of your mind.
- Dave Barry
Before you set out on your trip to your destination be sure that you
have as much information about the places you are going to before you leave home. It is easier and quicker to do research
at home using resources such as the Internet to find where the best deals are.
By saving time when you are away
on vacation you will be able to get more benefit from the vacation and make the most of the money that you have spent getting
there. It also means you get to spend a lot of fun time looking forward to your vacation before you go.
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You can get information from the
various tourist boards and from travel centers that will help you make decisions where you want to go and stay.
will not cost you anything other than time to get this information and you might decide to change your travel plans after
you do this kind of research.
It will cost a lot more if you decide to change your plans once you get to your destination
and in some cases it will be difficult, if not impossible, to change plans once you have made bookings.
save a lot of money by doing this research and you will have the leisure to compare prices and even negotiate better deals
with travel agencies, hotels and other providers of accommodation.
to the articles at the right - you'll find many of them will truly help you with your cruising experience.
If possible, talk to people who have already
been to the places that you intend to go as there is nothing quite like prior experience to save time and money. Travel brochures
sometimes paint a rosy picture of areas, where people you can trust, might tell you otherwise.
Some of the best
places to get other people's opinions are on the forums on the Internet where people will discuss their travels and give their
opinions on what they liked and whether they would recommend those places to other people.
They will also offer
cost saving and other suggestions based on their own experience. These can be invaluable.
All About the Booze
As you can probably deduce, cruise ships do not like you to take booze on board, of any type. After all, that's what
they are selling you. But it's no sin if you try to sneak some through their scanners during the boarding process. All they'll
do is hold on to it for you and return it your last night on board. You can also voluntarily check it right before you board.
But if you do want to try the sneaky thing, make sure you bury it deep in your largest bag so it's hard to find.
Alcoholic drinks are very easy to buy on board, almost too easy as there's
no cash involved (you'll use your ship board credit/I.D card for that). I mean, there are bars everywhere. So it's very easy
to run up a large tab, which will have to be settled before departing the ship.
Some cruise lines
offer advance wine purchases for dinner (NCL comes to mind). When you first come on board, there's a station where you can
select various wines in advance for certain (or all) dinners. We took advantage of that feature on our last two cruises.
But, if you'd like some wine or a bottle of scotch
in your room, you can arrange with guest services to have it delivered. Just watch out for the prices, which run on the heavy
Also, some cruise lines offer a flat daily rate
for bar drinks. That would definitely be worth checking out, because let's face it, those rum runners and mai tai's can certainly
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