Cruises are an awesome way to feel pampered… equivalent on land would be a frickin fortune !!
Mr TTR and I will be doing a Cruise as the second part of our Honeymoon… cannot wait.
The main thing to know about Cruising is it is a whole other vacation / atmosphere / way of life… you do need to therefore do some research on it to learn what-is-what and how things work (each Cruise Line is slightly different… be it for Cabins, Food, Entertainment, Drinking, Excursions etc)
There are your base costs… costs per person for the cabin… and then the extras (can look like an All Inclusive Holiday, but it isn’t).
Extras usually mean… Fees & Taxes – Airfare & Transfers – Hotels on Land (Before and After… a good idea if you are coming in from afar or from a COLD Winter Climate to a Southern one… incase of Weather Delays / Flight Cancellations) – Gratuities & Tips – Shore Excursions – Specialty Dining – Alcoholic Drinks – Pop, Bottled Water & Highend Coffees & Teas – Some Onboard Workshops – Souvenirs
As a general rule of thumb when budgeting Mr TTR and I say that there is an “invisble person” in each cabin… that accounts for the extras charged. So if your cruise is $ 1000 per person ($ 2000) add on another $ 1000 for the Extras Onboard (PLUS Airfare & Transfers)
It isn’t a cheap holiday by any means, BUT it can be truly an amazing experience !!
If there is a downside, it is that the visits to each Island is so short… but if you do some exploring on your own (vs taking a Ship Excursion) you can see what any place is like, and make a quick evaluation if it is an Island you might want to visit again in the future for a longer vacation.
As others have said, by far one of the best resources on the Internet to learn EVERYTHING imaginable about cruising is cruise critic.com (they are the sister website to TripAdvisor)… you can learn sooo much there about Destinations, Cruise Lines, even specific Ships. And they have DISCUSSION BOARDS where you can chat with other cruisers and ask specific Questions and get great help… and insider tips on how to get the most out of your cruise, save money, get the best cabins etc. Wouldn’t cruise without checking in with CC first.
Hope this helps,