Celebrations International Travel Blog

Tips for Savvy Cruisers – Article #2

Posted on: May 10, 2010

Here is another “cruise tip” I wanted to tell you more about:

Topic Statement: Before booking, check deck plans online to confirm your cabin isn’t beneath a well-traveled area. Many ships have a lido deck buffet, where diners eat poolside. When they drag around chairs, it can make quite the ruckus in rooms right below.

My Viewpoint: This statement is somewhat erroneous, and there are a number of ways to avoid an unpleasant experience like this:

1) It isn’t possible to confirm the location of your cabin (stateroom) before you book it because you won’t even know what is or isn’t available until you ask.  Cabin choices are made while you’re booking.

2)  Work with a travel agent.  Any good travel agent who’s working to make your cruise experience the best it can be shouldn’t choose a stateroom for you that isn’t as ideally located as possible.

In my mind, “ideally located” could mean any or all of the following, (just to name a few) depending on the travelers’ particular needs or desires:

– Avoiding staterooms near potentially noisy, high-traffic areas;

– Avoiding staterooms with obstructed or partially obstructed views;

– Avoiding staterooms on the promenade deck (where walkers or joggers might be able to see in);

– Advising travelers who may be sensitive to motion to opt for staterooms located as mid-ship as possible;

– Reminding travelers that the “cheapest” available staterooms may not be ideally located and why; and

– Being mindful of any other specific needs or requests the travelers may have.  The difference is often in the details, and can make a big difference in your overall vacation experience.

At Celebrations International Travel, we pride ourselves on the personalized service we provide to each client.   Contact us for help in planning your next cruise or other travel experience.  Until my next post, cruise on!

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