What to Expect on your First Family Cruise
By Stephen Gomez
Thrilling and breathtaking, cruises present an opportunity to see new sights and go off on adventures while relaxing and enjoying your time off. From sparkling waters that seem unreal in their beauty, to soft, sandy beaches and spirited local festivals, there will be plenty for you to experience on your South Pacific cruise.
Rates Are Low
This first reason goes hand in hand with common sense: the best time to buy is when rates are cheapest. Plan your cruise around specials offered by different lines, and shop around for the best price. Consider traveling during the rainy season, when not as many tourists will be out and about.
Getting the best deal for your money will help prevent buyer's remorse, but be careful not to go overboard. You don't want to sacrifice on the features that are important to you, whether it's your room view or length of your stay. By keeping an eye out for the best bargains and remaining true to your cruise goals, you'll end up with one South Pacific trip that you can be happy with.
During the Cooler Months
Would you rather be shoveling snow off of your driveway and digging out your car for work, or enjoying the warmth and beauty of tropical paradise? For most, the answer is obvious. An island getaway couldn't come at a better time than during the bitter cold months of winter.
Relaxing on the beach, gaining experiences and a tan that your friends can be jealous of, enjoying local cuisine and culture-there's something that can be hard to turn down during the short days and long, cold nights of winter. So think long and hard about when you would most like to take your once in a lifetime vacation.
At the Dry Season
With a year-round tropical climate, the South Pacific offers amazing weather that is hard to go wrong with. However, between November and April falls what's known as the rainy season, and with it comes increased humidity, rain and temperatures. So if the weather is a big concern of yours, try to book your cruise during the dry season of May to October. Otherwise, you may want to pack a few ponchos and water-proof items.
Adventure Is Calling
Are you in a rut? If you feel the need to break away from ordinary routine and experience amazing new places with a friend or loved one, then perhaps it is a good time to start looking into a South Pacific cruise. Explore the deserted beaches of Tahiti or feed sharks and stingrays in Bora Bora. See for yourself the shipwrecks and Spanish galleons in a submarine tour in Guam, or go snorkeling at the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve in Samoa. Try out native dishes, see the waters by jet ski, or visit local vendors to do a little shopping. See what you're missing and answer the call of adventure by starting out for your South Pacific vacation.
You Have an Interest in the Area
Is the South Pacific an area that you've always wanted to see? With around 7,500 islands (and only 500 of those inhabited), there is plenty to see and do to satisfy any curiosity. A cruise offers one of the best ways to visit multiple islands, giving you a restful and fun journey through the tranquil waters. Visit the Sleeping Giant Mountain Range in Fiji or tour the Paul Gauguin Museum in Tahiti. Walk along the valleys and ancient volcano in Tahaa, or partake in a pearl farm expedition in Raiatea. Get to know this region, and you won't regret it!
It's Offered by a Cruise Line You Trust
When shopping around for South Pacific cruises, don't hesitate when you come across a package offered by a cruise line that you trust. Some big ship cruises to check out are offered by Princess, Royal Caribbean and Holland America. Ask friends and coworkers for information on how their cruises went, and whether or not they were satisfied with their ship. Research all likely possibilities so that you have a better idea of what to expect.
Read all the reviews that you can get your hands on-this will help you form an unbiased opinion based on broader information. Learn about the staff level and what excursions you can partake in before packing your bags. The more you know, the smaller the risk of unwanted surprises.
A cruise is one of the best ways to visit multiple islands in one region. You won't have to worry as much about making flights in a foreign country and finding hotels-the cruise line provides all the travel information you need, and there is safety in numbers when visiting a foreign location. Tropical paradise can be yours-what are you waiting for?
Stephen Gomez is a freelance writer who writes about several topics including discount cruises.
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