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How to Choose the Best Cruise Destinations

When choosing the best cruise destinations, the size of the ship, cuisine, entertainment, and accommodations are important items to consider when choosing the best cruise line for you and your family. But for many, their cruise may be chosen based on destination. That being said cruising has become so much more than a means of island hopping around the Caribbean. The cruise experience has evolved in the last 20 years. Now, there is first class entertainment comparable to a Las Vegas show and restaurants that boast chefs that have run restaurants that have been awarded multiple Michelin stars.

Choosing the best cruise destination for you and your family can be overwhelming (we’re here to make the process easy) and if you’re lucky enough to have two teenagers who are social media addicts, the pressure is on to make everyone happy.

Here are our suggestions to make the process easier when choosing your cruise.

The Destination

Two questions. Where do you want to go and what cruise line do you want to take you there. If you’ve always wanted to visit the Caribbean. The Eastern Caribbean includes San Juan, St. Thomas, the Dominican Republic, Antigua and St. Maarten. The Western Caribbean may depart from Miami and take you throughout Mexico to include Cozumel, Belize, and Grand Cayman. Maybe, you’ve always wanted to visit Europe and a voyage on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is at the top of your bucket list. Regardless of where you’d like to visit, the options are many on a cruise, you can explore our site on your schedule and it’s not complicated to get around.

According to Fodor’s recent article on the world’s top cruises by destination, Royal Caribbean, has upped the ante for 2016, when it’s set to launch the world’s largest cruise ship: the 5,497-passenger, 16-deck Harmony of the Seas. The behemoth vessel comes equipped with some repeat recent Royal innovations like the Bionic Bar (helmed by robot bartenders) and LCD-screen “virtual balconies” in inside cabins, but boasts some standout new features, too, like the tallest slide at sea (at 10 stories high), as well as some of the largest staterooms in the company’s fleet. The ship debuted in May with an inaugural summer season in the Mediterranean; 7-night itineraries sail round-trip from Barcelona or Rome, calling on popular ports like Naples, Marseille, and more.!2-royal-caribbean-international

The Journey

One word – relax. You’re going to spend a few days at sea so if you’re just trying to get away and stay to yourself or enjoy the company of your significant other until you dock, invest in a more spacious cabin, like a balcony or suite (these have balconies too). If you want to fit every onboard activity into your schedule, wine tasting, bingo, casino, or even a meditation class, and prefer not spend the extra coin on the balcony suite you’ll only want a less expensive cabin like an interior/inside and use the extra funds to book more excursions. At the end of the day, you may have the opportunity to pay to upgrade your stateroom to a higher category. Of course always keeping in mind inventory and pricing of those higher categories will be subject to availability and price changes.

Here’s a few recommended choices for first-time time cruisers:

7 Nights Alaska – Holland America: ms Eurodam

4 Nights Bahama Cruise – Royal Caribbean: Majesty of the Seas

7 Nights Western Caribbean – Carnival: Breeze

7 Nights Mexico – Princess: Ruby Princess

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