cruisin', part six: final musings.
All in all, I had a lovely time on this cruise that travelled through the Panama Canal, hitting up places such as Cartagena and Límon. It was a nice way to spend Christmas with my parents and to get away from the Pacific Northwest winter, which isn’t really that bad all things considered. This particular cruise was my fifth cruise ever and my first one with Princess Cruises. Although I can’t say that I’ve been on many cruises, I feel like I’ve gotten a good grasp of them.
Prior to leaving for this cruise, a number of people asked me what I thought about cruises and if it’s worth it. So, I decided to put together a few things to consider for those of you who may be considering a cruise vacation in the future.
What is more important to you on your vacation: relaxation or getting to see a lot of a city/country? If relaxation is most important, a cruise is definitely a great vacation option. You really don’t have to think about much or do much research when disembarking when tour excursions are available (at a price) and food is available 24/7. If you prefer seeing a city/country at your own pace and having ample time to do so, a cruise might not be the best idea for you. There is only so much time on land to venture out into a city/country and if you do sign up for an excursion, you have to stick to the tour guide’s schedule and plans.
Do you require a visa to enter certain countries? This is a really important thing a traveller must keep in mind when travelling, generally speaking. However, when it comes to cruises, there are multiple ports at which the cruise ship will dock and each country you visit may have different stipulations for people of different nationalities. Be sure to do your research beforehand to see if you require a visa for some countries or not.
What is your budget? The cost of going on a cruise can be a bit scary initially, but fear not, that’s because there is a lot included in that cost. Remember that paying for a cruise includes your meals, accommodations, and entertainment. However, you also have to keep in mind that this cost is not all-inclusive. Things including shore excursions, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, treatments at the spa, and more do cost extra.
Like any other trip or vacation you plan on taking, do your research beforehand. Cruises are perfect if you’re looking to get away and not have to think about anything like work or life in general.
I’m switching things up and heading to someplace cold. Guess you guys will just have to wait and see where I end up next! Until next time, my friends. x