Times of Oman
Get set for a floating holiday
October 17, 2017 | 7:47 PM
by Courtesy of Brandpoint
Look for a cruise that offers activities for your entire family.
 
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When it comes to a dream cruise, everyone has their own idea of the ideal vacation. The beautiful ocean waves breaking against the bow beneath you, the warm breeze blowing against your hair and the lure of new, unexplored destinations off in the distance. If you’re lucky, maybe your dream vacation is already in the works and you’re eagerly counting down the days until it’s time to board. And if you’re still in the dreaming phases of your perfect cruise, you realise that dreaming of your vacation is almost as much fun as living it... almost.

No matter where you are in the process, the perfect cruise is more than just picking your dream destination; there are plenty of other things to consider as well. Whether a minor or monumental task, these tips are your starting point. Satisfy each of these considerations and you’ll be on your way to making your cruise everything you dreamed it could be.

• Always be on the lookout for the best deal. If you could enjoy the same amazing cruise at a fraction of the price, why wouldn’t you? Deals are not hard to come by in the cruise industry and the key is to book early. Do your research, look for package offers and book your trip as soon as you can. The wait may be difficult but an early booking could save you hundreds of dollars.

• Pick the right cruise line. Your dream cruise rests on the right ship, so don’t leave this choice to chance. MSC Seaside is a sun-lover’s paradise with plenty of outdoor space to take in the Caribbean sunshine and stunning views, thanks to its unique outdoor, ocean level promenade. When you step inside for a bite to eat, you’ll discover MSC Seaside is home to celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi’s first restaurant at sea. Dine on gourmet Asian cuisine while enjoying the spectacular view and your cruise will be everything you dreamed it could be.



• Pack smart and know what’s included. Your cruise line is your home away from home for the duration of your trip, but that doesn’t mean you have to bring home with you. Many of your daily needs will be provided by the cruise line itself. Take the time to learn what is included with your package and you can save money and headaches by not duplicating your inventory.

• Plan activities for the whole family. While the cruise itself is enjoyable, it’s the activities you take part in while on the ship that truly make your vacation unforgettable. Look for a cruise that offers activities for your entire family. MSC Seaside, for example, features the most interactive water park at sea with slide boarding technology, two of the longest zip lines at sea, a 4D cinema and two Formula 1 racing simulators. And if you plan to bring small children, they will love the ship’s LEGO-themed playrooms along with an entire experience day with themed games and competitions.

• Arrive early. Weeks and months of planning using the tips above could be all for naught if you don’t heed this last piece of advice. After all, flights can be delayed or cars can break down and if such a thing should happen to you, planning a little extra time into your schedule ensures that when the ship does leave, you’re on it, no matter what happened on the road to get there.

Your dream vacation is waiting for you. If you’re in the planning stage for your cruise, applying the tips above can help you finalise your strategy and finally get on the ship. And if you’re still in the dreaming stage, now’s the perfect time to bring that dream to life. Planning a cruise is easier than you may think and just a few little steps can put you on board for a vacation you’ll never forget.



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