Going on a cruise was once simpler. All you had to do was go to your travel agent and pick out a place that you’d like to travel to. Now, however, the process has become slightly more complicated. If you are planning to go on a river cruise holiday, here are some things to keep in mind-
Why choose a River Cruise?
Centuries and centuries ago, civilizations flourished on the banks of rivers for the easy availability of water they provided. The result is that some of the world’s best known and culturally richest cities are found even today on the banks of rivers. Being inland, they are not always easily accessible through ocean cruises. That is why if you want to actually explore countries like France or Germany, opt for a river cruise. Moreover, a river cruise will also offer you more time at each port to explore the city and its culture.
Packing for a Cruise
Firstly, you need to be aware and okay with the fact that the accommodations you receive on the cruise may not be the most spacious one. That is why carrying heavy luggage is not a very good idea. Instead of suitcases which you cannot keep away after unpacking and which will take up space in the room, opt for soft luggage like carry-bags which you can fold and keep away in a drawer. This will ensure that you have more space in your room. Secondly, call your cruise company ahead to check whether they require you to dress up in formals for the evening dinner or ball, if there is any. A lot of cruises do not have any such requirements, but it doesn’t hurt to confirm. In any case, even when going on an informal cruise, it would be best to pack a tuxedo or a gown.
While packing for your holiday, click pictures of your luggage and whatever you are packing. This will stand you in good stead if your luggage happens to get lost or stolen while on the cruise. You can use the photographs as proof of what you were carrying with you during police or insurance investigations. Also, keep in mind that after the cruise you will have to take a flight back home and comply with the luggage size and weight guidelines. While leaving for the cruise, it would be a good idea to ensure that half of your luggage is empty. This space will come in handy after you have shopped and bought gifts and souvenirs.
Things to Remember
Here are a few things that will make your cruise holiday a more pleasurable one, so keep them in mind while you are deciding where you want to go. Firstly, see what time you want to go for the cruise. Most cruises from Perth are best taken from March to December. Secondly, do not think that purchasing from the cruise line directly will get you a better deal. Sometimes travel agencies have great offers. Thirdly, scour the internet for information about where you can go and the best lines to travel with.
In the end, make sure that you choose a destination and a cruise itinerary that you will enjoy instead of a cheap one where you save money but have a bad time.