The Best Cruise Vacation Tips

The Best Cruise Vacation Tips – Here you will find everything you need to know about cruising!  Personally, I love cruises and I think a lot of people just don’t know enough to consider taking a cruise.  Everyday, more and more people discover the pleasures of a cruise vacation. More singles, families, couples, honeymooners, and groups of friends are taking to cruising for a vacation of their dreams. In 2017, over 25 million people enjoyed a cruise vacation. When you add it all up, it’s easy to see why.

  • The price of your cruise includes: your accommodations, activities, parties, and entertainment!  Most meals and snacks on board are also included.  It is a worry-free way to take an exciting voyage to the most enriching places in the world!
  • You’ll find that the large cruise ships are floating resorts, with all the things a fine resort has to offer, and then some. Smaller ships often offer unique destinations. You’ll also meet new friends who share the same tastes and interests as you.
  • The hassles of an ordinary vacation are completely eliminated. A cruise is one convenient package. You don’t have to make dinner or nightclub reservations, run to make flight connections as you travel from one destination to another, or constantly pack and unpack.
  • You can lie back and be completely pampered. Or, go non-stop. Dine like never before. Enjoy one great show after another. Visit interesting places. Let your cares float away. It’s no wonder that more people are taking cruise vacations than ever before. And once they a taste of cruising, they come back for more, again and again.

Is a Cruise Right for Me?

This is a fair question.  After all, once the ship leaves the dock, you’re pretty much stuck on the ship until it heads home.  Click here for answers to the most common questions.

How to Choose a Cruise

Thinking about sailing into the sunset on a honeymoon or first romantic-getaway cruise — but feeling somewhat  overwhelmed because there are so many ports, cruise lines, ships, itineraries, cabins, and prices to choose?  Learn how to choose the right cruise for you here.

How to Book a Cruise

There are many ways to book a cruise: direct from a cruise line; through an online or bricks-and-mortar travel agent; or through a third-party website like   So to learn How to Book a Cruise, just visit this link.

Things to Know Before You Cruise

Living on a ship for several days, waking up each morning in a new, idyllic destination—sounds great, doesn’t it? If you’re planning to take a cruise, visit here for things to know before you go, along with answers to the most common questions.

Cruise Ship Safety Tips

Cruising continues to be one of the a popular type of vacation, with an average of over 25 million cruising in 2017 alone. One of the main concerns that many people have when considering a cruise is safety. Cruises are generally quite safe, but since they are effectively a small town at sea, there are always things that cruisers can do to keep themselves safe.  For our top cruise ship safety tips, visit here.

First Time Cruise Advice

So what’s next? You’d be surprised at how many factors — perhaps less earth-shattering but important nevertheless — should be considered, such as packing, getting to the ship and your on board experience. Read our first time cruise advice to help answer any remaining questions you might have, for a stress-free and fun-filled start to your first vacation at sea.  For the best tips for first time cruises, visit here.

Cruise Travel Essentials

The beauty of going on a cruise is that everything’s provided for you – the food, the drinks, the entertainment. That’s what cruise newbies think, anyway. If you’re planning a cruise vacation soon, there are a few supplies you need to pack.  For Cruise Travel Essentials you will want to take on your cruise, visit here.

Popular Cruise Itineraries

Bahamas Cruise Itinerary

Cruise to the Bahamas and you’ll find pretty beaches, good snorkeling and opportunities for water-skiing, parasailing, jet skiing, windsurfing and more.  For Bahamas Cruise Itinerary information, visit here.

Eastern Caribbean Cruise Itinerary

An Eastern Caribbean Cruise Itinerary offers the most choices for cruising.  Cruises range from a three- or four-night cruise to 10 nights and beyond. Travelers can choose cruises that range all budgets.  Learn more about an Eastern Caribbean cruise, and start planning yours today.  Visit here to learn more about an Eastern Caribbean Cruise Itinerary.

Western Caribbean Cruise Itinerary

If you’re looking for adventure, the Western Caribbean should be your choice. Visit ancient ruins near Cozumel in Mexico, snorkel around the reefs in Belize or Roatan, Honduras; or simply soak up the sun in the Cayman Islands and Jamaica.  Click here to learn all about a wonderful Western Caribbean Cruise.

Alaska Cruise Itinerary

Be spoiled with the unspoiled beauty of Alaska. Start planning your Alaska Cruise today.  Click Here to learn all about the Best Alaska Cruise Guide and start planning your Alaska Cruise today!

Alaska Cruise Shore Excursions

If you are going to take an Alaska Cruise, then Alaska is the one cruise where you will want to get off the beaten path, and experience the “real” Alaska.  Click Here to learn all about the Best Alaska Cruise Shore Excursions.

Mexican Riviera Cruises

What do the Top Mexican Riviera Cruises include?  Port cities on Mexico’s west coast are often referred to as the Mexican Riviera. This is because of their popularity with tourists and the beachfront resorts which dot the coast. Most major cruise lines offer a variety of Mexican Riviera cruises, varying in length from three to 10 days. About 20 cities are part of the Mexican Riviera; with about half of them being popular cruise-ship stops with lots of things to see and do.  Click Here to learn all about the Best Mexican Riviera Cruises.

Western Mediterranean Cruises

The Best Western Mediterranean Cruises has one of the most diverse cruise regions.  Whether you want stunning landscapes, wonderful cuisine, or you are just looking for a cultural experience, there is something for everyone on a Western Mediterranean Cruise.  Click Here to learn more and start planning your Western Mediterranean Cruise!

Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

Once the cradle of ancient civilization, the Eastern Mediterranean still bustles: Centuries- and millennia-old monuments embed modern-day cities; mosques and markets stand on grounds that sultans once ruled; and further afield, crumbling ruins command cliffs, and whitewashed villas cascade down to sandy beaches.  Click here to learn to read the best Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Guide.

Danube River Cruises

The Danube River consists of three sections; the Upper, Middle and Lower.  Many cruises focus on the first two sections, but you can cruise the Lower section through Eastern Europe, too. These cruises usually start in Budapest, traveling through Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria before finishing at the Black Sea in Romania. Click here to learn more about The Best Danube River Cruises.

Rhine River Cruises

One of the world’s most popular river cruising destinations is the mighty Rhine River. A Rhine River cruise takes you into the heart of Middle Europe, where stately castles, fairy-tale villages and cultural centers have long been witnesses to history. The river’s banks are brimming with historic treasures, natural beauty and vibrant capitals.  Click Here to find out about the Best Rhine River Cruises.


  1. Karen Coller

    I must say that I like to go to cruise and I will surely visit it next year if Corona19 will allowd to do it.

    Thank you so much for a great idea

  2. Amanda Blaine

    WOw i think a carribean cruise would be right up my alley, I didn’t realize there was so much included. I would love to cruise around bora bora someday.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Amanda! Pretty much everything is included in a cruise. Only thing you pay for is alcohol and shore excursions. On my last cruise we did our own shore excursions which was cheaper than purchasing them thru the cruise line.

  3. roy

    A cruise seems like so much fun, but we are a little nervous about that type of vacation. You have put us at ease a little, so maybe we need to consider this as a vacation option.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I just got back from an 8 day cruise to the Caribbean. It was wonderful! You really should consider this. I am curious which part of a cruise are you nervous about? Maybe I can answer some questions for you.

  4. Tarun Denniz

    I always wanted to take a cruise with my family and this page has just helped me decide. Hello Bahamas! thanks alot for the useful information.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Cruises are great! I leave for mine next week with my son, and we are so excited! You will love them once you start!

  5. oscar

    Wow Leahrae, I can see there are numerous beach and cruise destinations around the world. Am spoilt for choice. I would love a beach holiday in the Caribbean one of these fine days.
    How about post on travel beaches and cruises in Africa?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Oscar, and thank you for visiting Beach Travel Destinations. I do plan on doing the beaches of Africa. I am actually getting ready to write about Camp’s Bay Beach in Camps Bay Africa 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and visiting my Take A Cruise page.

  6. John

    I think a cruise is a great way of exploring a region without being tied down to the same resort. My Wife & I have been pessimistic about a cruise in the past – but that has also been down to price. but now we have been a few holidays and consider the difference, we may have to go on a cruise soon. Tell me, is everything normally included in the initial price? thanks

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes John, everything is included other than drinks and shore excursions. All your meals, entertainment, room etc is included. A cruise is a great deal! I think you will love it. When ever you are ready to start planning your trip, visit Avoya Travel for Up To 75% Off Cruises

  7. Joanne

    Hi, what a great post, tons of information about cruises. I’ve been on three – wish I could afford another soon. I think that the old fashioned notion that they are for old rich people is utter rubbish nowadays, we’ve cruised as a family each time and we’ve all loved it. There are so many things to do, as you say in the post, you can go all out visiting everywhere and living up the nightlife, or you can just sit back and be pampered.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Exactly right Joanne, and it doesn’t cost you anything to sit back, relax, and be pampered. Anybody that takes a vacation, can afford a cruise, and in most instances it will be a lot less. I hope that you get to take a cruise again soon. Happy sailing!

  8. Amy

    I’ve never been on a cruise and always wanted to try it, so I will bookmark this site for my next trip! I love the fact that you have all the info here in one place, so I don’t have to jump to another site. Aside from that, I am intrigued by the fact that the cost of a cruise includes accommodations, activities, parties, entertainment and most meals! That is awesome and a great way to relax and not have to worry about making arrangements for all of that on a daily basis. It certainly takes the stress level way down. Thanks for some great suggestions!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Amy, most people do not realize that everything is included other than drinks. You don’t have to pay for any meals unless you want a change of scenery and eat at one of the other restaurants on board. When you are ready to take a cruise, please let me know if I can help with the planning.

  9. john

    Oh my god, what a great site it made me wish I was there, I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise, and this makes my mouth water.
    Sorry for having to put my comments here, but there was no comment box at the bottom of your post

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks John for stopping by and taking time to comment. You will have to start planning your first cruise!

  10. Michael

    I have been on lots of holidays before, but have never yet been on a cruise.
    I do kind of like the idea of being at sea for days at a time, but with access to anything you need still.
    There are a quite a few places that I would like to go if I were to go on a cruise.
    I do love the hot weather, but then again I’m sure a cruise in places with a cold climate would be amazing too, especially seeing some of the scenery from the ship.
    I do enjoy meeting new people as well, so a cruise would be perfect for that reason.
    Thanks for this great information.
    Best wishes,

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like you would have an amazing time on a cruise. If you have any additional questions, or need help planning please feel free to contact me.


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