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Interesting 5 Tips that First-Timer Cruisers Need to Know

Caribbean Stopover At St. Thomas Of The U.S. Virgin Islands
One of the most popular ports of call for Caribbean cruise ships is St. Thomas, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. On .....
First-time cruisers sometimes confuse about choosing the destinationfor neither cruising nor they aware about the hidden costs in thecruise. So this cruising tip should help them to prepare about whatthey need to know before they go for cruising:

1. Book early or lateYou will get better deal by booking well in advance of your sailingdate or at the last minute. Booking early in advance can save youbetween 15 to 50 percent and also lock in the cabin category of yourchoice. If you rather wait to book at the last minute, you will evenget a better discount on a ship's unsold cabin. But of course youwill not be able to choose the cabin that you like, whatever is left isavailable.

2. Drive rather than flyYou could save a lot if you just drive to the nearest port in the cityrather than you fly. Nowadays there are more cruises than ever beforedeparting from "close-to home" ports such as Boston, New York, Bayonne(New Jersey), Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville,Tampa, New Orleans, Mobile, Galveston, Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco and Seattle.

3. Take a short cruise firstIf you are a first-timer cruiser, it is better for you to takeshort-cruise 3 to 4 days on the weekend. In this case, you will beable to "test the water" before you jump-in to the real cruise. There is a good selection of ships sailing on short cruises to various destinations in the Caribbean, as well as along the Mexican Rivieraand to New England/Canada.

4. Beware of added chargesYou have to be prepared for added charges when you are on a cruise.Expenses such as playing in the casinos, alcoholic beverages to photossnapped by the ship's ubiquitous are not included in your cruisefare.So, travel-smart by preparing your budget in advance when you aregoing on a cruise. If you must buy something, wait until the final dayof the cruise--most of the stores will throw a sale then.

5. From ship to shore- savings on excursionsPerhaps the largest additional cost are escorted shore excursionsoffered in every port of call ranging in price from $25 per person fora tour by motor coach to as much as $300 for helicopter flight-seeing.For two couples, it is less expensive to hire a cab or rent a car fora day than for each person to join an organized excursion. Also thereis no requirement to leave the ship when in port. Some passengersprefer to relax on board and lounge by the pool as the ship is muchless crowded after most people have gone ashore. Shore excursions makethe most sense when few attractions are within walking distance andlocal means of transportation are scarce.

Hope that this tip will be helpful for those first-timer cruiser. BonVoyage!!

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