As more and more vacationers are choosing a cruise for their next holiday, the market has become larger and larger. The Caribbean is flooded with ships, and in places like Cozumel Mexico there are days when more than 8 or 9 ships are in port. Also in recent years cruise companies have really made an effort to bring their guests anywhere in the world they want to go, and cater to their every need while on the way there.
Two of the most important factors when choosing a vacation are where you should go, and how long you should go for. There is a cruise to fit your schedule, no matter if you have five or six hours, or a whole month to play with. There are gambling cruises that leave from places like Miami that last about six hours, often referred to as "the dailys" that can be great for an afternoon or evening getaway, or if that's a little to short, three and four day cruises are great . With proper planning you may not even have to take a day off work. From there you can go anywhere up to fifteen or thirty days. For a good rule of thumb, "the longer the cruise, the older crowd".
Where you decide to cruise can be a very tough choice, as there are a million amazing destinations to choose from. Bermuda has some of the most beautiful beaches, while in Mexico you can find a party 24/7 at places like Carlos and Charlies. For shopping, the Caribbean is unbeatable, especially if you are looking for diamonds or electronics. Quite often diamonds and jewelry are sold at a fraction of the price they would be at your local retailer. Just be sure to declare what you bring into the country when you go through customs.
Pricing can be one of the determining factors for many of us when choosing a cruise, but luckily there are deals to be found. If you live in a port city like LA or Miami, last minute deals are unbeatable. Companies will reduce prices to less than $ 20 a day in order to fill their ship last minute and when you add in the benefit of free meals, a cruise can be your cheapest vacation choice. Otherwise the best bet is to check with your local travel agent, and do some research online.
Keep these factors in mind when shopping for your next cruise and you should have a vacation that will provide memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.