I am in desperate need of help planning a cruise this fall for my husband and I. We live in Dallas, so we'd like to find a cruise sailing out of Galveston or even Houston. My husband has been on cruises, but as a child with his family - I have never been on one, but have been begging! My husband tonight finally said ok! Yeah!
So I have been pouring over information on the internet for the past 5 hours and feel overwhelmed by how much is out there about cruises! I've been reading on this website about the ships, reviews, etc and just not really getting anyplace. This is what we have narrowed down so far:
- like to take 7 day to West. Carribean
- not picky about cruise line as we know nothing about them
- would really LIKE a balcony, but not sure if my husband will go for that extra splurge!
Here's where I need help:
Where do I book a cruise? Should I book direct with cruise line or will that not get me the best deal? Is it better to book with some of the deals you find on the web?
As for rooms, a little confused about the upgrade, ROS, guarantee thing. Can you book the exact room you want? Or will you pay more by doing that?
We are wanting to travel the month of October, should we book now or wait?
Any advice, tips or help would be greatly appreciated. I just really want to do this right and try and get the best deal - so if we love it, my husband will say yes we can go again!!! :-)
Thanks in advance!