10 tips for those who want to go on a cruise
Power on the system "all inclusive" service of the highest level, as well as the opportunity to visit a lot of places in a short time, moving in a very comfortable environment - just a small part of the cruise advantages. However, compared with other options of this kind of tourism we know not so much.
How to save on the purchase of
In contrast to the majority of tourist services, which purchase directly from the supplier saves your budget, cruise is best to buy from travel agents. And less likely to apply not to domestic and to foreign travel agencies. Some tours even impossible to buy than through intermediaries.
Being relatively free with the dates chosen for swimming, you can also save considerably. On hand you (and your wallet) will play a holiday in the so-called low season. But here you need to know when to stop. For example, in South America in the summer cruise offerings there, because there winter. Keep in mind that the value added to the voyage even port charges, which in the long round comparable with the price of the cruise. Tipping ($ 10-12 per person per day) can also be attributed to the so-called required additional spending. This amount is divided between the staff who directly engaged in your service. However, the tip, permitting a conscience, you can often give up.
Muscled and seasickness
The prospect pay the money and all the way to suffer from motion sickness few people are able to attract. However, experienced travelers know that the intensity of the rocking vessel depends on its size. The larger the ship, so it is more stable and more comfortable its passengers. So if you have booked a trip to the Harmony of the Seas (the largest ship of modernity), exceeding the size of the "Titanic" more than five times, you can relax and have nothing to worry about, the waves do not bother. There are also special bracelets for motion sickness, the mechanism of which is aimed at clamping pressure points and prevents the development of sea-sickness. Relieve the symptoms of motion sickness can and medications such as Bonine or Dramamine.
Tricks Cabin select
The cabins are of four types: internal (less likely), the window (more expensive), with a balcony (even more expensive) and suites (real suites). And then the trick is that you can not choose a particular cabin, but only to indicate its version. Most often, you in place during the settlement will free upgrade room to a higher level for the same money. Note that the balcony - not always a good solution. In the autumn-winter period in the northern latitudes, it will only create additional discomfort because of the cool and windy weather.
Internet and mobile communications
Ship internet connection provided by satellites. Therefore, it is firstly, very expensive, and secondly, has a low velocity. You can use wireless internet at a cafe on the ground. If you blood from the nose is necessary to go to the Internet network on board, be prepared to pay a pretty penny ($ 0, 75 per minute). On board and offer packet proposals 100, 150, 250 minutes for $ 60, $ 75 and $ 100 respectively. Do not forget to close the Internet session after the use of, or cash with your card will leak even when disconnected from the network.
Depending on the duration of your trip (from three nights to four months) take the appropriate number of sets of clothes. Keep in mind that is constantly working on the ship air conditioners maintain a temperature of about 18-20 ° C, is also pretty cool, so the warmer things you definitely come in handy on the open deck. Another point concerns the accepted dress code in the restaurants where you are unlikely to be allowed in shorts or sarongs. To the place will always be a smart-casual style. Grab a pair of costumes from the series "for special occasions" to organically look at the special evenings organized several times during the tour.
The documents, along with the money - he needed must-have, without which your vacation just will not happen. In any case, make a copy of your documents (a leave relatives or friends). When you exit to the beach, as a rule, the documents you have with you do not take. In case of delay until the next nearest port, you'll get your own, but you will be the agent with your things.
How to save money on the trip
Add a budget travel potential costs: excursions, spending on board, is not included in the tour price (for example, a massage at the spa, dining in restaurants a la carte and drinks). Alcohol can take with you in advance. According to the rules, you can carry a bottle per person, but if you put one in your hand luggage and suitcase, which will be shipped separately from you, you get twice as much. Also, if you buy excursion programs not on the ship, and directly from local agencies, the savings will be significant too.
The aircraft - is a city afloat, and passengers, no matter how corny it sounds, may be different. Here the tips are not new: not very frank with strangers, close the door, do not take a lot of cash, store valuables in the safe. Near the tourist shops and street performers in paragraphs stopping often wielded by local speculators. Be on the lookout. Think about your route in advance and attractions that want to visit, check out the local prices (especially taxis), avoid poorly lit sparsely populated places.
Carefully observe hygiene
The simultaneous presence of a large number of people in a confined space can lead not only accidents but also potential problems for sanitary plan. One of the most dangerous threats can become infected with an intestinal infection. And although all the staff constantly monitors the cleanliness, attention to personal hygiene, you just do not hurt. The most simple, but at the same time and effective rule: hand washing after using the toilet and before eating. There is another nuance that can dampen your perfect sailing - bedbugs. On the first day, check your bed and bedding.
Buy a reliable insurance
Although, according to UNESCO, cruises are the safest form of recreation, common sense and prudence still nobody harmed. Advance pick up insurance from a proven company and explore all possible insurance cases before the voyage. Insurance should operate in the region where you are going. The cost of the ship's medical services have certainly not happy. Simple advice - from $ 75 to $ 250 depending on the company. Call a doctor to his cabin will cost more, but if the need arose during the night, the margin will be even higher.