If you’re new to cruising, or it’s been a while since your last sea voyage, this week’s Travel Tip Tuesday explores a few ways to get the most out of your next cruise experience. Whether it’s a leisurely 12-passenger barge along French canals, or an ocean liner circling the Caribbean Islands, these tips will help you set sail like a pro.
Early-Bird Savings & Perks
Cruise lines typically offer the best rates and bonuses right when a cruise first goes on sale. You may be tempted to wait, but what usually happens is the cruise ships start to fill up and the increasing demand leads to higher prices. Booking early typically results in free bonuses such as pre-paid gratuities, on-board spending credit, or a reduced fare. Plus you’ll benefit from being able to select your ideal cabin. You can even book your next cruise while aboard the ship on a current cruise, usually at a discount.
Upgrading To A Balcony Cabin Is Money Well Spent
A balcony cabin will typically cost more than those with only a window, or no view at all. However, you’ll find that the additional expense is worth the price. Fresh air, complete privacy, and uncrowded views will make a big difference when you seek some downtime. Balcony cabins also tend to be quieter, and are prized by those who like to sleep in.
Make Dinner & Event Reservations Early
Once onboard, make a quick tour of your ship. Learn about the amenities and restaurants that you may want to book in advance. Set up reservations for events and specialty dinners early so that you can reserve the best times for your schedule.
Consider Buying A Spa Pass – A daily or cruise-duration spa pass offers the opportunity to use spa facilities that include steam rooms, saunas, and therapy/heated pools. Passes are usually limited to ensure the facilities aren’t overcrowded, so check if your ship’s spa offers them on the day you embark.
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September, just after Labor Day, is one of the best times to travel in the US. With vacation season winding down and schools back in session, those who travel from mid-September through October typically enjoy off-peak rates and great weather. So if you love the sun but not the crowds, consider a late vacation or an extended weekend getaway in September. Booking two months out (right now), also gives you the best blend of price and availability. Here are just a few destinations we recommend for this time of year.
Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Turks & Caicos
While the off-peak season in the Bahamas runs from late spring through late fall, temperatures in September become quite nice, with trade winds that ensure a comfortable stay in accommodations without air conditioning. Prices drop significantly through hurricane season, despite that storms are fairly infrequent. Storms more frequently pound the US mainland this time of year, so take advantage of this misperception and the low prices that come with it.
Orlando theme parks attract families, so it is most busy when kids are on vacation from school during the summer. That said, the best time to go is during the academic year. September and October are the best months to go because prices are lower, the weather is still warm, and you will avoid the masses of families with children. Another good time to visit is after spring vacation in early May. The time to avoid is Christmas week.
Las Vegas, Nevada
In the fall months, Las Vegas is preparing itself for their “calm” season, so the city lowers its prices to keep their casinos clanging and clubs booming. The weather begins to cool off as things slow down. So if you don’t mind the city a little more quiet than normal, September/October is the prime time for you.
New Orleans, Louisiana
September/October is one of the best times of the year to visit New Orleans. The tourism traffic slows down, temperatures cool off, the humidity disappears, and prices drop. This phenomenon of good weather is no secret, so make sure you begin looking months in advance. The weather changes quickly so keep a close eye on the forecast during this time of year.