How much Can I spend on a European Cruise?

So once you formulated the idea to go on a European cruise, which is definitely going to be the highlight of your upcoming year, you need to move yourself into planning mode and get the right motivation to get things organized. The planning stages are all important and can be the most thrilling parts but unfortunately you need to budget, which is less exciting but never the less a very important part of planning your cruise.

Once you got an idea in your head as to how much you want to spend, you can start to consider what options are open to you. It worthwhile considering whether you think you might take a cruise of some kind in the future, if this is the case you might want to work out how to split the budgets so you can experience some things this time and different things on the next cruise you take. In fact, you can effectively make the cruise cost a lot less if you are planning to take further cruise vacations in Europe or perhaps the Caribbean later on.

You should definitely start by looking at all the potential European cruises destinations and ports of call available, start by making a list, using the internet or using a cruise line brochure that you can get from a local tour operator or get them sent to you by the cruise lines themselves. Use these sources to work out where you want to go, make a small note of prices too, and what pages or websites you got the information from so you can easily get back to them at a later date.

When you have your list, identify 3-4 cruises that you particularly like, once you’ve done this you can start looking at comparative prices from different cruise lines. At this stage look into the amenities and extras that each cruise provides so you can make you mind up as to which is best for you.

With the final line up you can then make an informed choice as the best deals available, you can perhaps visit a tour operation in you high street, and if you have all this information that can quickly identify any great cruise bargains that you might be interested in.

Hopefully there’s some good cruise advice here, have a great cruise and good luck.

Choosing a Cabin for My Cruise

With so many other things that involved in planning your cruise, there is one thing that you might just overlook, but can in fact be very important to making the cruise that you choose more enjoyable. This thing of course is the cabin and as with most things when picking out a cruise package, you will have the opportunity to select the kind of cabin or staterooms that you most want.

If you are taking a European river cruise, for example, there are so many wonder sights to see as you pass through the capitals of Europe such as London’s River Thames or the Seine River in Paris, France. To this end you may want to make sure that you get a room with a view, in this case a wonderful balcony stateroom that will let you take in the majestic countryside and townscapes on a London river cruise.

You may think that having a cabin with views isn’t all that important because you will hardly be spending any time there at all, but in fact you might prefer to relax on your own so this should be part of the considerations when choosing a room.

Outside Cabins
The ships cabins that on the outside of this ship will all have windows, you should however take into consideration what kind they are. This will of course largely depending the type of cruise ship that you are on, if it’s a large cruise liner travelling the Mediterranean, then you will most likely have balcony areas, if however, it’s a smaller vessel traversing the waterways of the Rhine or Danube in Germany, then you might in fact have a smaller port hole window. The other thing to consideration is the location of the cabin, you might have a window but it may well be facing some superstructure of the ship that blocks the view. All this can be found out by examining the plans of the ship which you will be presented with in the cruise brochure whilst you are choosing which cabins and their locations when you buy you cruise package.

Inside Cabins
An inside cabin is just this; it is usually entered from a corridor on the inside of the ship, as most rooms are. In this case there are no windows in this type of cabin. This doesn’t mean that it will be any less luxurious and well fitted out with all the modern amenities expected from a modern cruise ship, but not having a window may be important to you so it’s good to remember this if you decide to opt for an inner cabin.

If you are looking for real luxury then you can get a suite. Here you will get separate bedrooms and living accommodation, some even have private deck space.

In general the price difference between inner cabins, cabins with windows and balconies or suite rooms are as to be expected incremental, it’s worth noting however, that you may initially choose an inside cabin without a view and as the time for the cruise departure closes in, the cruise operator may actually contact you, in fact this is usual practice for most, to see if you will be interested in upgrading to an outside cabin for a small cost that will quite often be a good bargain. This is due to the companies finding it easier to sell the inner cheaper cabins and also means if you want a room with a view you can.

Making plans for your first Cruise

How to plan a European Cruise

When you begin planning for a cruise, there are several things that you will probably want to consider. These are usually, where will your cruise destination be going to, how long you want to be away for and having the best time possible while you are cruising.

You can typically take 1, 2 or 3 week cruises (or longer if you want) and the destination that you choose may be linked to this, for example if you want to venture to the Caribbean only 1 week will probably not be long enough. Choosing a European destination can be quite a popular choice and I am going to look into some of the considerations that you should take on board if you opt for this route.

When you know the rough area you want to cruise in, you need to begin searching out some of the varying cruise packages that are available for your chosen destination. Again you need to make a variety of decisions as you hone in on the perfect cruise. Each package will have a varying length of stay, and this will also affect the size of ship you might choose. You need to decide if you want to use a large liner or perhaps a smaller vessel. All of these details need to be considered and I would suggest that you make a list of all the features that you are looking for in your cruise choice.

Once you have figured out all the criteria of you cruise vacation, you need to decide on a budget that you want to use. After you’ve been looking at the criteria for a while you will have gotten a feel for the kinds of cost involved so you just need to apply all your have researched and make a choice.

So the cruise is booked and now you should probably make another list of the things that you need to do before departure. This is not just limited to working out what clothes you will be taking, whether you need warm clothes for a Northern European Cruise or sun tan lotion for you Mediterranean cruise. Importantly do not forget your passport, which you will definitely need – make sure its still in date and valid. Also you may need visas, although yoru Cruise line will help you sort these out if they are required for the trip make a note so you have applied in time. Another consideration is making sure you have local currency, remember Euros are used in many European countries, but some countries in Europe have their own local currencies that you might also like to get.

Whatever happens, make sure you do plenty of research and make list of all the things that you think you will need, that way you will minimize any problems you might encounter and have a wonderful European Cruise that you will never forget.