If you have a specific amount of time to travel, picking a cruise itinerary should be fairly easy as your set number of days may cancel out certain types of cruises. But if the skyâ€™s the limit as far as your time is concerned, then you will have literally hundreds of cruise itineraries to choose from. However, time isnâ€™t the only factor in choosing an itinerary — destination is obviously important as well. Anyway you slice it and dice it though, youâ€™re in luck. With the ever-increasing popularity of cruising, youâ€™ll easily find a cruise itinerary to fit every taste, style, and budget.
So, whatâ€™s the first step in selecting a cruise itinerary? Browse through some the most popular cruise lines and offerings. If you donâ€™t find what youâ€™re looking for there (which weâ€™re almost positive you will), then search Cruise Compete for luxury and exotic cruise deals.
Some of the worldâ€™s top cruise lines include: Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Crystal Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Oceania, and Azamara (created by Royal Caribbean). Other notable lines include: Sea Cloud Cruises, Hebridian Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Lindblad Cruises, and (surprise) Disney Cruise Line. Weâ€™re sure youâ€™re thinking â€œWhereâ€™s Carnival?â€? or â€œYou forgot Royal Caribbean!â€? Hereâ€™s a tip: thereâ€™s a huge difference between the worldâ€™s best cruise lines and the worldâ€™s most popular cruise lines. Rarely are the most popular cruise lines the best in terms of service, accommodations, dining, entertainment, itineraries, atmosphere, and quality.
Some of the worldâ€™s most popular cruise lines have massive advertising budgets and much money to burn, so people tend to think the more visible a line is, the better it is. Sorry to disappoint you, but the following cruise lines are a very good value, and they can be fun, exciting, and great for families and first-time cruisers, but they are not rated as â€œthe best.â€? Again, this is not a bad thing at all. They are: Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean.
As far as destinations and itineraries go, some of the more popular ones include: Alaska (7, 11, 12-night), the Bahamas (3-4 nights), Bermuda (7 nights), the Caribbean (4 nights), Europe (7 nights or more), the Panama Canal (10-14 night voyages), South America (12-17 nights), Africa (14 nights or more), Australia-Asia (10 nights or more), and the South Pacific (10 nights of more).
When youâ€™re ready with your destination and number of days in mind, thereâ€™s two ways to go. One, you can call your local cruise travel specialist to help you find the perfect line, and travel package. A cruise travel specialist can also go over extras like cruise excursions, and possibly, help you find the best deals.
If you already have a cruise line in mind, your number of days and your destination, you can contact the cruise line of your choice directly by phone or you can simply book your cruise on line. A word of advice: Itâ€™s always a good idea to book your cruise in advance to secure the perfect accommodations, and to secure a spot on any cruise shore excursions you choose. Good Luck!