Seek out an experienced cruiser (surely everyone has a neighbor, uncle or co-worker who is a cruiser) and talk to them about their likes and dislikes. E.g. why they chose a particular line. You may discover you like the same things (and want to book that line) or you want something the total opposite! Either way it should provide some insights. Most people are, um, more than happy to share their experience.
Last edited by JHawk; April 13th, 2010 at 10:25 PM.
My advice would be; seek out a good travel agency. Then interview the cruise specialists from that agency. Ask questions of them, how many different cruise lines have they traveled on; what do they recommend for cabins, what do they recommend for shore excursions, what was their worst experience on a ship? Once they interview the agent they can gauge exactly how much cruise experience the agent has. Travel agencies have cruise specialists and then they have travel agents. Travel agents are not necessarily cruise specialists.
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