What cruise to take? What to do when at the port or on the ship? These two and many other questions can be answered with a bit of research. First things first, what is your budget? By figuring out your budget, you will be able to decide when or where you wish to go.
Cruises that last eight days or more can be pretty pricey and if you are using the money from the tax refund, depending on what you received, you might want to look at a cruise between four to six days.
Also, how many people are going? Most cruises expect two people or more to be in the rooms and will charge more if it is only one person in the room. Different companies have different rules and regulations about guest pricing so that will be part of one's research.
Now that you know how much you want to spend and how many people are going, where do you want to go? Do you want to go some place warm and tropical or are you planning a long trip to Europe or just a simple cruise with no specific place to go but away from home?
Once you decide where, it is a simple matter of booking the trip. Sometimes working with a travel agent can get you a great deal or if you have cruised before with that company.
Also, how much you will have to travel to get to the port from where the ship is leaving because that will affect when you leave and whether your agent will set up extra flight or hotel stays. But once you get the cruise and any flights or nights at a hotel set up, the fun part begins!