Whether you’re looking to book your first cruise or are preparing to take your 100th, there are certain things one should take into consideration before committing. And while every cruise (and cruiser) is different, these questions hold true for pretty much everyone. So what are they?
1. When do I want to sail?
On the surface, this seems like a ridiculously basic question, right? But it is actually perhaps the most important decision you’ll make with regard to your trip. And how you answer it will depend entirely on what you’re looking for in a cruise. If it’s a family vacation, you’re going to be looking to schedule something when the kids aren’t in school. But if you’re an adult hoping to avoid being surrounded by kids, you’ll take the opposite approach, making sure your dates don’t coincide with school vacations. You’ll also need to decide where it is you’re sailing to… and what the various ports will be like during the period you’re choosing to cr