5 Cruise Vacation Questions to Ask Your Travel Agent

Whether you’re planning a cruise along the eastern seaboard or crossing into warmer gulf waters, planning ahead is crucial. But be prepared: If you’ve never taken a cruise before, booking a cruise online can be confusing.

A good travel agent can answer your cruise vacation questionsTravel agents can make a tremendous difference in your trip. They will help you plan the specifics of your cruise vacation, answer your questions, and are often able to save you money by finding good cruise deals.

What cruise vacation questions should you ask? Here are five key issues your travel agent can help you resolve in order to improve your overall satisfaction and expectations with your cruise.

  1. What land excursions are offered that you would enjoy? Check with your cruise travel agent about port destinations and shore excursions. You’ll want to get booked ahead of time so you are locked in for the outings you select. Land tours and expeditions can often get sold out during the early stages of booking a cruise.
  2. Traveling with kids? While many cruise lines make children a primary focus, certain others do not cater to children. We specifically expect Disney cruise lines to be great for kids, with activities for all ages. But many other cruise lines are as well – such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and several others. Check ahead with your agent to be sure!
  3. Honeymoon getaway or other adult retreat? Alternatively, many adults prefer to cruise without children present. If this fits your itinerary, have your travel agent take a look at cruise lines that cater to adults. Various cruises focus their attention to the needs and enjoyment of adult passengers based on the activities, entertainment, and dining options available. These cruise lines include Yachts of Seabourne, Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Cunard Cruise Line, among others.

  4. What are your dining options? Onboard dining can vary tremendously from ship to ship. Ask your cruise agent when and if reservations are necessary, whether specific attire is required or preferred, and whether there are set seating schedules or open seating arrangements.
  5. How does your cruise line handle beverages? Some cruise lines, like Carnival, offer drinks packages that may save you money on soft drinks, fruit and vegetable juices and wine, beer and mixed drinks. Beverage package deals can save a lot of money on a family trip and reduce the worries when you’re enjoying an afternoon or evening at the onboard bar. Your travel agent can also help you budget for a cruise regarding tips and other amenities you may not be accustomed to paying.