The experts will tell you whether you are planning you first your hundredth cruise there are some tip that make the whole trip the experience of a lifetime.

Tip #1. Use a certified CLA Travel Agent to help you choses the correct itinerary and the ship that best suits your needs.   Think about where you want to go and what you want to see and do when in port. This will help set the ship and the itinerary you will cruise.

Tip#2. Select the right cruise ship. This can make all the difference. Ask questions about the size of the ship and how many passengers. If you do not like crowds avoid the larger ships, if you are looking for a getaway without your kids, the Disney cruise line might not be the right one for you.

Tip#3. Book the right cabin. Not all cabins are created equal. If you are like like me and plan on spending almost no time in my cabin other than sleeping it does not matter if you are inside, outside or have a balcony high up. but if you fancy having breakfast served on the balcony then you need to pay attention. Also, if you think you may have an issue with motion sickness, you might want to consider a cabin lower in the ship to minimize the movement you will experience.

Tip#4. Get you Passports and Visas early. This is one area where you really need to plan ahead. Getting a passport can take from a few weeks to 3 or 4 months if the passport office is busy or the government shuts down. Visas may take even longer depending on where you are going again this is where a travel agent can really help guide you.

Tip #5. Your pre and post cruise are as important as the cruise. One canceled flight either getting to or getting home form your cruise can turn an amazing experience into a nightmare in the flip of an airport display board. Allow enough time on both ends for the travel to and from to have some hiccups. If you plan this time in, if it happens you will be much less stressed.

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