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Cruise Vacations - Planner

By Marianne Schwab | Best Travel Deals Tips Blog

My cruise vacations planner has the best travel deals tips for a cheap vacation. As a TV Travel Producer, I have taken some amazing cruises but I have never paid more than $800 for any cruise including port fees and taxes (and that was an eight-day Mediterranean cruise with a balcony stateroom). For less than $100 per day, I have found these travel deals on my own.

I'm so glad that you found my travel web site with my cruise vacations planner so that I can share my personal money saving travel tips with you. My travel advice will help you find the best travel deals on cruises plus help you understand some hidden costs of cruising so you can plan your vacation budget. With all of my incredible cruise deals that I have found, I have never stayed on a cruise ship's inside stateroom, but have cruised in either ocean view cabins or fantastic balcony staterooms for a fraction of the published rates. In fact, most cruise lines have implemented a new policy that prohibits discounted rates from being shown publicly but I can certainly tell you all about the deals I have been able to get and I can tell you how to get them.

Why I Like Cruise Vacations.
I like cruises because all of the hassles of an ordinary vacation are completely eliminated. A cruise is one convenient package where you don't have to worry about moving from hotel to hotel, packing and unpacking, running to make flight connections as you travel from one destination to another, making dinner or nightclub reservations, with so many more conveniences and extravagances including 5-star dining every night. I love that I went on a 10-day Western Caribbean cruise last December and visited five countries without having to pack and unpack my suitcase at each location. Even if you've never taken a cruise before, I will help you learn all the ins and outs and I know that once they get a taste of cruising, you'll book them again and again, just like I do.

Some Fun Facts About Cruise Vacations. Did you know that cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other vacation experience? Approximately seven million people enjoyed a cruise vacation last year. It's no wonder that more people are taking more cruises than ever before when a cruise is like a floating resort and the price of your ticket includes all of your meals and in-between snacks on-board; your stateroom, activities, parties and entertainment; plus, an exciting voyage to some of the most enchanting vacation destinations in the world. I think cruises are fun vacations for almost everyone including singles, couples, honeymooners, second honeymooners, families, and groups of friends to sail away on the vacation of your lives. Now, even if you’re an experienced cruiser and you already know the routine,

I can connect you with money saving vacation tips and discounted cruise deals like you haven't seen anywhere else.

Cruise Vacations Guide:
Now I absolutely love cruising and I'm here to help you determine:

Is a Cruise Ship Vacation for You?
Tips for First Time Cruisers
• How to Get the Best Cruise Deals
• What to Expect on a Cruise

Hidden Costs of Cruises

Guidelines for Tipping Ship Personnel
• How to Book Cruises for Less
Staying Connected with Mobile Phone & Internet
Why You Need to Book Excursions
• Staying Healthy and Avoiding Sea-Sickness

Staying Slim at Sea
• Your Cruise Checklist
• What to Pack for a Cruise

Travel Insurance for Your Cruise
• Cruiseline Resources

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Cruise Vacations:

Is a Cruise Ship Vacation for You?

The Hidden Costs of Cruises

Five Travel Tips for Booking Shore Excursions

Trip Insurance for Cruises

Sun Safety Tips for a Vacation Day in the Sun

Tipping Guidelines for Cruises

Ten Travel Tips for Staying Connected Abroad

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Tips for Booking Online

Top Five Travel Mistakes that Cost You Big Bucks

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About Marianne Schwab
TV Travel Show Producer

For over twenty years, TV Travel Show Producer, Marianne Schwab, has been collecting money saving travel tips as a travel producer for high profile television programs. She has flown all over the world and produced live television productions on location from Caesar's Palace on the Vegas Strip to the beautiful island of Oahu. Read more