Cruise experts have issued a ‘how to’ guide for those considering a first-time vacation on the high seas and have never been on a cruise ship in a bid to elimate confusion.
Sometimes Sailing has created the guide for first-time cruise guests when booking their vacation, including what category of cabin to reserve, upgrading onboard options and amenities (including drinks and wifi packages), and even figuring out why they don’t call the ship sides ‘left’ and ‘right’.
Sometimes Sailing is a cruise website set up to clarify all things cruising for newbie cruise goers. Cruise enthusiast and co-founder of the website Mikkel Woodruff said the site was designed to help with even the most basic of queries from those who are new to cruising, including help defining nautical terminology.
She said: “If people haven’t been on a cruise before, there is quite a lot to consider and we cover it all. Right down to what to pack.
“We have even created a guide to the names of the left and right sides of the ship - Port and Starboard. It helps people easily remember which side of the ship is which, providing tips and tricks to associate any ship plan with the names of each, as well as the history behind the terms. It might seem like a minor point, but it will help guests understand not only what side of the ship they’re on as they walk around during vacation, but also where their stateroom or cabin is during the at-home booking phase,” she added.
Sometimes Sailing also helps guests understand the difference between cruise categories, or classes, on cruise lines like Celebrity Cruises. Though it can be incredibly confusing, Sometimes Sailing breaks down Celebrity Cruises’ various suite classes by comparing the cruise line’s AquaClass, The Retreat, and Concierge classes. They even feature a visual spreadsheet comparing the three options. This way, guests know exactly what they're getting for their vacation investment.
When guests are ready to pack, Sometimes Sailing’s helpful packing guides – along with printable packing lists – advise on what is necessary for cruisers to take with them and what’s best to leave home.
While people await their cruise vacation, the cruise-planning website has suggestions for cruise podcasts to listen to in order to get excited about an upcoming trip or to further educate themselves on what to expect when cruising.
Mikkel and her husband Dan have been guests on various podcasts to discuss all things cruise, including DCL Duo, the leading unofficial Disney Cruise Line podcast, and Travel Mavens. A section in the cruise-themed book, The Joy of Cruising Again by Paul C. Thornton, features the couple’s experiences and adventures.
The niche cruise website is regularly updated to serve the needs of cruisers, staying on top of the latest in cruise vacation planning and news.
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