When booking a cruise vacation, many people still have a lot of questions regarding the enjoyment of their holiday. Some of these questions are easily answerable by simply contacting the cruise line. However, I have decided to create a simple question and answer here that will answer many common cruise vacation questions.
How long are cruises?
Cruises can be almost as long or short as you want. The shorter ones, often referred to as "cruise to nowhere" are usually two days long. While some longer cruises can go two or three weeks. However, the most common cruise length is one week. They will either sail Sunday to Sunday or Saturday to Saturday.
Why do I want to sit on a cruise ship for a week?
The answer to that question is that you probably do not want to. This is what makes cruising such a spectacular vacation compared to an all-inclusive resort, for example. A one week cruise will make stops in 3, 4, or possibly 5 different exotic ports of call.
Where does the ship stop?
If you sail on a 7 day Caribbean cruise, your ports of call could be Cayman Islands, Cozumel Mexico, Puerto Rico, St. Louis. Thomas, any of the Virgin Islands. And they will usually remain at those ports for at least 8 hours. This will give you plenty of time to explore and see the islands.
What if I do not want to get off the ship?
Then do not. If you have visited any one destination before, then feel free to remain on the ship. This will provide you with the uncommon luxury of roaming a near empty cruise ship all by yourself. However, you should be aware that if you choose to remain on board, many of the services will not be available. For example, the on board casino and on board shops will all be closed. However, the staff usually provide plenty of entertainment options.
How expensive are the shops on board?
The shops on board are not expensive at all. In fact, most ships guarantee that the price you pay on the ship will be lower than the price of the same item at any port of call.
This list of questions is certainly not exhaustive. Especially for those who have never been on a cruise before. If you have not cruised before than you may not get all your questions answered until you get busy and go on your first cruise. You certainly will not regret it.