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Cruises – Tom's Travels

Cruises

I have been on over 10 cruises- on several lines. I have several “favorites” for different reasons, and I am always looking for my next sailing. In Winter, I enjoy sailing in the Caribbean, and would be happy if the ship just went to the middle of the Gulf of Mexico and dropped anchor. Actually, that is not quite true- I like putting my feel on solid ground ever day or two, but the experience on the ship can be as important as the ports visited.

I really want to try river cruising, but the cost is just too high at the moment. For now, I will stick with ocean cruising.

Here are links to some of the cruise lines I am familiar with:


Finding affordable deals can be a challenge- especially of you are a solo cruiser like me. I use a variety of resources to find the great deals, but I almost always book my travel through the same agent, Ginger Kramp. When you find the deal you want (no matter where you find it), she can usually match it. The best part of booking with Ginger is her high level of customer service. Before I met Ginger, I booked a couple of cruises though online sites, and I learned quickly that- once they have your money- their customer care is lacking. Ginger will always be there for you, and for those who don’t like looking for cruises on the web themselves, she can help you cut through the options. She can be reached via Email at ginger@mcgeheecruise,com. She can help you with all aspect of your trip, including air reservations and travel insurance. Tell her I sent you!

Other things to keep in mind for your bargain hunt:

Last minute deals often offer the best discounts. Different lines have different requirements for when the final payment is due on a sailing. Generally, it is two or three months out, and after that time has passed, the line will continually assess how full the ship is, and they will offer discounts to entice folks into the cabins. If you can be flexible and you aren’t “married” to a particular sailing, this can be a great method. Bear in mind that airfares to go up when you get within a few weeks of a sailing. You should also be prepared to pay 100% of your fare when booking through this option.

General Cruise Information:

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For Researching Cruise Fares:


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