How To Achieve Great Value For The Cruise $$ You Spend
Written by: Kuki
Repeatedly you’re told that cruising offers the best value for the money, when it comes to vacations, and I happen to believe that statement holds true. But, what does it really mean?
Determining what receiving “value for your money” means is, after-all, a very personal judgment. The more disposable income one has, it seems reasonable to assume they’d be more willing to spend a bit more on their vacations in an attempt to find a cruise that will reward them with an experience which supplies them with a better experience than if they’d spent less. So the target for satisfying their value judgment can be quite different from those who may have scrimped and saved for years to be able to book their cruise, as their “trip of a lifetime”. And it can be different still for everyone in circumstances in between.
Combining the factors of your budget and of your life experiences are the key to determining what you’ll consider value.
Frankly, and perhaps harshly, if you’re spending money on a cruise that you can’t afford to spend, though you may have a good time on the cruise, I don’t think the value of your cruise vacation will ever match the frustration of the debt, which will last much longer than the vacation. There is no value in the burden and stress of that debt.
I am not, however, saying you have to be rich to cruise. There are exceptional deals to be had on cruises. Particularly while the economy is sluggish, you can still cruise for seven days beginning at prices as low as $499 per person. Of course, there’s plenty of cruises available at higher price points, with almost no limit to how much you can spend.
With cruising there is real value at every price point. Some people try and compare the value of cruises against that of all-inclusive resorts.; probably because they seem to the most similar types of vacations. However, they are truly quite different. No all-inclusive resort can transport you around the world.
The fact that cruise ships are a mode of relaxed transportation (perhaps the most relaxed form of transportation) sets it completely apart from any other type of vacation. Cruises are unique.
In the past the cost of that uniqueness was prohibitive to most everyone except the elite. Today cruising is within the financial reach of everyone who takes a vacation. Compare the cost of even the simplest form of vacation; a camping trip, and you’ll find the cost of a cruise isn’t much higher than the total amount you’d spend for transportation, equipment, and food on a camping trip of equal duration. If your vacation of choice has been more along the lines of staying at Ritz Carlton properties, and dining in high end restaurants, there are cruises which will match that standard.
As stated earlier, there is true value in each and every price point available in the world of cruising. The way to ensure you find, and get to enjoy, that value is to find the price point you are financially comfortable with, and have your psyche set to enjoy all that particular cruise experience has to offer.
With the aide and assistance of an experienced cruise consultant to get you on “the right” cruise, I think it’s actually difficult for you to go on a cruise, return, and feel you didn’t get full value for your money.
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Posted: March 22nd, 2011 under Kuki.