All cruises are not created equally, but many people simply book the first cruise that seems like a good deal. The difference between different cruise lines can be drastic and greatly effect the quality of your vacation. Fortunately, there are questions you can ask in order to get a more accurate idea of what the cruise you are booking has to offer as well as find out if they offer discounts.
Are group discounts offered?
This is one of the first questions you should ask if you are traveling in any sized group as discounts are often offered to groups.
Is the cruise child friendly?
Many cruises offer special accommodations specifically for children. However, some do not and may not say so on their booking sites.
What will the entertainment be?
Entertainment on a cruise can make or break the experience so finding out what it is ahead of time is always a good idea.
What are the dining options?
All cruise ships do dining a little differently ranging from five star restaurants to buffet style meals.
What will gratuity costs be?
Gratuity costs are not included in the initial price of the cruise and are usually tacked on at the end.
Is there a dress code?
Some cruise ships have a more formal dress code in the evenings while some have a 24/7 dress code. It is important to know this information so as to not feel out of place.
Do I need my passport or visas?
It is important to double check with the cruise you are taking what identification you need to bring along in order to go onshore at the ports you will be stopping in.
Is there a fuel surcharge?
Some cruise lines include a fuel surcharge per person or per cabin on top of the initial price.
What size will my cabin be?
When comparing cruises it is a good idea to check the size of the cabins each has to offer as sizes can be different depending on the cruise.
What times is dinner served at?
Most cruises do an early and a late dinner serving. It is important to find out the exact times of these so that you can choose the time that suits you best.