Carrie Finley-Bajak’s goal is to visit every continent before she turns fifty years-old. Since she has always had an affinity for the ocean, cruise ships are her chosen mode of transportation. According to Carrie, cruises “offer a combination of adventure and a touch of elegance.” She shares her nautical experiences on her travel blog, Cruise Buzz.
We caught up with Carrie, a Boingo member, at BlogWorld LA 2011 and learned plenty of valuable tips for traveling by sea. Check out Carrie’s top three tips below for booking the perfect cruise vacation. Also be sure to follow her on Twitter (@CruiseBuzz) to get regular updates on her reviews and adventures.
1. Cruise Myth Busters
Some misconceptions about cruising are: the world is flat, the ship is to crowded, a person will get sea sick, the cabins are small, there is nothing to do, all you do is eat. All false.
2. Get It Right The First Time
The number one prerequisite for a potential cruise passenger is a love for the sea. If the idea of sailing on the wide-open ocean on a ship sounds like fun, then I would suggest taking a cruise. However, I will caution that the biggest disservice a person can do is pick a cruise that does not suit lifestyle, budget, or experience.
There are many cruise options available, so getting the right match is vital to ensuring a successful experience. The right cruise is one that will make a person happy. Size of ship, days at sea, number of guests onboard, type of stateroom, included amenities, duration of cruise, and who you travel with are all factors that need to be addressed.
3. People, Philanthropy and Pillows
I have been on a lot of cruises. My most favorite cruise for making long-lasting friendships was the #FollowMeAtSea group cruise in Alaska on Princess Cruises. My most favorite cruise-for-good was the Cruise4Haiti that I helped organize, which brought needed supplies to Haiti and holiday gifts to kids in three orphanages. My most favorite cruise in terms of pure luxury was on Silversea Cruises; the Pillow Butler, champagne, shore excursions, and cooking school were amazing.