Pickwick’s cruising tips

Since I have cruising on the brain these days (3 days and counting until my next cruise), I have decided to compile my list of cruise tips. These are things I’ve either tried, read about, learned in seminars, or have heard fellow cruisers suggest. Booking a cruise— Transatlantic/Re-positioning cruises sell fast.  Book these many months ahead for best cabin selection. Prices during holidays and spring break are sky-high, and, yes, people cruise over Christmas. Check the air prices before booking the cruise. So often people find really good cruise prices and later, while looking at airfare, they have a heart attack when the airfare is higher than the cruise. I’ve seen this often with Ft Lauderdale. Be careful choosing a cabin. As a travel agent, I always look at the deck plans to make sure you’re not above or below the disco. Dining— “Anytime Dining” (or the equivalent) is a good option if the early dining is full and you don’t want to eat at 8:30pm. As part of the “Anytime Dining,” did you know you can usually make reservations online for each night you sail before you board? Some cruise lines require that you pre-pay gratuities with the cruise deposit if you choose the “Anytime Dining” option. Have an early morning excursion? Use room service for breakfast instead of tackling the crowded buffet. It doesn’t cost anything extra. Sometimes you can choose your...

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