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Finding the Right Cruise for You

By Carson Danfield

The most popular cruise destinations now are the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Alaska. Here is how to choose the perfect region for your next cruise…

THE MEDITERRANEAN
    Most cruises focus on one of two regions:

  • Western Mediterranean,
    including the west coast of Italy, the French Riviera, southern Spain and Portugal and perhaps Tunisia or Gibraltar.
  • Eastern Mediterranean.
    This includes the Greek isles, Turkey, Croatia and the east coast of Italy.
  • Mediterranean highlights:
    Some people fall in love with Rome and Venice. Others prefer less heralded cities, such as Lisbon, Portugal, and Split, Croatia.

When to go:
The high season runs from late April through early November. The best deals and weather are in late April and May, before crowds arrive, or September and October, after they leave.

THE CARIBBEAN
    There are three basic itineraries:

  • Western Caribbean
    is best for those who want beaches, with an occasional visit to a historic site. – Typical ports of call: Cozumel, Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman.
  • Eastern Caribbean
    is best for combining sun worship with – other activities, such as shopping and snorkeling. – Typical ports of call: St. Thomas, St. Martin, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Southern Caribbean
    is best for those who enjoy exploring islands – the distances between the ports are short. –
    Typical ports of call: Curacao, Martinique, Antigua.

Caribbean highlights:
St. Martin/St. Maarten is the smallest island to have been partitioned between two nations, France and Holland. St. Thomas features great duty-free shopping  and Grand Turk and Cozumel have exceptional diving and snorkeling.

When to go:
High season is January through March. The best deals are during the first two weeks of December, when demand plummets between Thanksgiving and Christmas. April and May also are good times for deals.

ALASKA
    There are two basic itineraries: 

  • Inside Passage
    is best for those who want to see coastal Alaska with as few hassles as possible. It departs from Vancouver and Seattle and typically gets as far north as Glacier Bay, near Juneau, before turning back south.
  • The Glacier Route
    makes arranging connecting flights tricky, but it does give cruisers a chance to explore Alaska’s interior before or after their cruise. The ship departs from Seattle or Vancouver. (Or it departs from Seward and ends in Seattle or Vancouver.)

Large ships provide more onboard entertainment options, but a smaller ship will get you much closer to the gorgeous coastline.

Alaskan highlights:
Ships of all sizes cruise the stunning Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay.

When to go:
Alaska’s cruise season is mid-May through mid-September. Prices climb from mid-June through mid-August. Late May and early September offer the best deals. The weather will be cooler, but you’ll see more wildlife.

— About —

By: Carson DanfieldCarson Danfield is an “Under the Radar” Internet Entrepreneur who’s been quietly selling various products for the last 8 years. Although you’ve probably never heard of him there’s a good chance you’ve visited his websites in the past and even purchased some of his products.  Get more money-saving travel tips at http://info5000.com/TRAVEL-ENTERTAINMENT/

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