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Tips to get the most out of your cruise vacation – and a review of mine Tips to get the most out of your cruise vacation – and a review of mine
Until recently I had never been on a cruise before. When traveling, I like to get “lost” roaming the streets of foreign cities. The... Tips to get the most out of your cruise vacation – and a review of mine

Until recently I had never been on a cruise before. When traveling, I like to get “lost” roaming the streets of foreign cities. The idea of being trapped on a big floating apartment building didn’t necessarily appeal to me. But I gave it a shot anyway: Destinations are as exotic as the CaribbeanEurope and Asia. No driving. No packing and repacking from place to place. All the food you care to eat. Gambling, dancing and all kinds of night life. And best of all, no phones! Here’s a review of my first cruise vacation (with Royal Caribbean), and some tips for yours.

11115586_10153303414124275_4644884782596904493_nFirst of all, let me be clear there’s a difference between “traveling” and “vacationing”. Real travel for me is pretending to live somewhere for a while, and act like the locals do as much as possible. Taking a cruise definitely falls in the “vacation” category: mandatory relaxation, with a limited amount of “culture” on the port days: how much can you really soak up from a foreign country with only a few hours to spend in port?

Despite the short time in port, there’s a lot to do, ranging from snorkelling, sightseeing and visiting places that I have only dreamed about. In a single week I got to visit three different countries. Despite the short time you get a bit of an appetizer of each place, which is a great way to decide on places I’d like to return to later for a more extended stay.

On board

10989314_10153303414434275_979638691394168149_nOnce on board, you will have access to 24 hour free food including international cuisine. There are three scheduled meals a day and many opportunities to eat in between. I would recommend everyone go to the scheduled dinner. It usually has a different theme for each night of the cruise. The wait staff is superb, they perform a show (based on the theme) for you and you get to meet people from other parts of the world. Tip: Dress up at night and don’t go too casual. It’s all part of the experience.

When you aren’t eating, there is lounging by the pool, soaking up the sun as well as some drinks. There are movies, shows and activities for all ages. You can visit the spa, exercise, read a book at the library, visit an art gallery or do anything else you want. It is your free time after all!

Every cruise ship has ports of call where they dock for a period of time. Once at port, you can go ashore and do whatever you like or you can go on any number of planned excursions the ship provides. You can even stay aboard and do nothing, but I suggest you get out and see the world.

From crystal blue water and their reefs of fish, to historic places to mountains and icebergs, I have seen it all… you should too.

Curious about taking a cruise vacation of your own? Start by exploring your options here.

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Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca