NOT SURE...CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME GUIDANCE. NEVER CRUISED BEFORE. WE ARE A FAMILY OF FOUR,TWO TEENAGE BOYS. I CANT BELEIVE HOW EXPENSIVE A CRUISE IS AND HOW YOU GET NICKELED AND DIMED TO DEATH. IS THERE ANYSHORT CUTS OR COST SAVING IDEAS THAT ONE CAN DO? IS IT CHEAPTER TO HAVE A FAMILY SUITE OR AJOINING CABINS, OR ONE OUTSIDE STATEROOM WITH ONE INSIDE? AS YOU CAN SEE I AM OVERWHELMED ANY ASSIST WOULD BE APPREICATED
For a first cruise I'd highly recommend using a Travel Agent who has the "Cruise Specialist" certification. They can answer all your questions and give you price quotes. It won't cost you a thing to talk to a TA!
Ask your friends who they've been happy with or find someone who's been in business a long time.
We have a wonderful TA. If you'd like her info, just click on my name and email me. She books people all over the country.
IMO, sailing with two teenage boys , I'd book an outside and an inside. Having privacy and the extra bathroom would be worth it for me!
(BTW, unless you are "sight impaired" typing in all CAPS is considered yelling )
Hope you find the perfect cruise for you and your family!
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
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While it may seem like a large price tag, when you consider the costs of a weeklong land vacation using air and a resort as compared to a weeklong cruise, you will find that cruising is much cheaper. You do have to watch out for the extra money that they wil try to get out of you, though.
Here are a few tips:
1. If you like to drink, stick with the drink of the day. These are generally a ollar or two less than a similar drink on anther day. Be sure to skip the souvenir glass.
2. Unless you need a night away from the kids, try to avoid the supper clubs and specialty restaurants and stick with the main dining venues. These specialty restaurants can cost up to 30 dollars per person, while the food in the main dining room is free (and just as good).
3. As for cabin selection, taht is up to you and the destination. If you feel like you need a window to look out at the islands or the glaciers in Alaska the go for it, but I find that an inside cabin suits me well, and I can do all of my island watching from the pool deck or the ship cam on the TV. I would suggest, however that you definitely go with two cabins as four in a cabin can be pretty close, although you will save some money.
Hope this helps. Also- remember not to skimp in the area of tipping. The people working on these ships work long hours for little pay, so if you feel like they have done a good job, reward them!
PS- Like Fern said, typing in caps is considered yelling and should be avoided in forus and emails. :-)