If you have never cruised before but you are considering a cruise ship vacation, I want you know that booking your cruise package is not difficult.
Booking your cruise can be done either by you or a third party - a travel agent or cruise line representative. You can book your cruise in one of three simple ways, which I will discuss below.
First things first: To book your cruise, you will need the correct spelling of your name as it appears in your government-issued identification document; an email address and phone number; an emergency contact person; plus you will need an idea where you want to go, which kind of ship, the length of your cruise, and what type of cabin you want – inside cabin, oceanview, balcony cabin, or a suite.
Booking a Cruise via a Third Party
You can either call the desired cruise line and speak with a representative or you can use a travel agent. Using a travel agent works to your advantage because that person will help you choose the cruise package that is right for your family and will remain available to help with anything you need before, during, or after your cruise ship vacation.
Booking a Cruise by Yourself
1. You may visit the desired cruise line’s website to book. It does not matter which cruise line it is, you will find a link on the website to book – Carnival.com, RoyalCaribbean.com, Princess.com, NCL.com, etc.
2. You can book with an online travel company. There are several big names in travel which sell cruises – Expedia, CruiseDirect.com, Travelocity.com, etc. The only issue with booking at an online travel company is that you do not speak directly to someone.
If you are booking a cruise ship vacation, it pays to speak directly to someone – a person who will use his or her expertise and knowledge of cruising to help your family find the cruise package which suits your pocket and your preference.
Happy booking and sailing!