Three things to know when booking a cruise

Looking to take a vacation at sea? If you’re considering a cruise in the future, here are three things to keep in mind:

1. The early worm gets the better deal

A cruise should be booked well in advance, according to travel experts. By giving yourself at least six months or more, you can take advantage of “early bird” rates as well as have better choices when it comes to cabin selection and sailing dates. Want to save even more money? Consider cruising on an off-peak time, such as the month of November and through mid-December. By planning ahead, travelers can also choose their pick of preferred shore excursions and dining options.

2. Know how long you want to sail

Debating between a long weekend getaway or traditional seven-day cruise (or longer)? While a short voyage can be budget-friendly, it can also translate to limited itinerary options. Longer cruises can often offer a larger variety of ports to visit, as well as more time for onboard experiences, such as relaxing by the pool, getting a massage, and enjoying cruise nightlife options such as live music and dancing.

3. Get expert travel advice by working with an agent

A cruise-specialized travel agent, like those at Crystal Lake Travel, can help you nab promotions and upgrades which aren’t available to the public, as well as help book excursions.

For additional peace of mind when booking a cruise, look into travel insurance. Some plans will cover travelers in case of medical emergencies or cancellations. Policies can also cover missed connections, trip delays, and lost or delayed baggage.

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