What Is A Cruise and Why Do So Many People Enjoy Cruising?

A cruise ship is a floating resort! Onboard you will find all the comforts of a luxury hotel and you can choose from many different activities. On a cruise ship, you will find restaurants, bars, a casino, swimming pools, spa and fitness center, programs for children and teens, shopping, musical theater, and much more. The interiors are beautifully decorated, and ships are frequently refurbished and updated. During your cruise vacation, you will be well taken care of by friendly staff from all over the world.

You have a choice of stateroom accommodations that generally include Interior, Ocean View, Balcony, and Suite categories. Your food and entertainment are included in the cost. In some ways, it can be considered an all-inclusive vacation.

So Many Destinations

You can take a cruise just about everywhere in the world. The most popular cruise destinations are the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. In recent years, itineraries include sailings to Alaska, Northern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Each itinerary provides a wide range of destinations and often during your cruise vacation you will visit a different port each day. A nice perk is that you only pack and unpack your suitcase once!

A River Cruise

A river cruise is a voyage along inland waterways, often stopping at multiple ports along the way. Since cities and towns often grew up around rivers, river cruise ships frequently dock in the center of cities and towns.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How much does it cost for Take Time To Travel to book and manage my cruise?

Our services are free to you. You will never pay more for your cruise when you book with our travel agency.

How does Take Time To Travel get paid for booking and managing my cruise?

The cruise line pays the agency a fee/commission for handling the booking and managing your cruise. We are paid after your trip has been completed. Most people do not realize that you pay for a travel agent to assist you with your booking whether you use an agent or not. No kidding. Travel agency commissions are already included in your cruise fare whether you book directly with the cruise line or call our agency. Most cruise lines outsource their bookings to home-based agents across the country.

What if I have already booked my cruise myself, can I still use Take Time To Travel to manage my booking?

Cruise lines have different rules for allowing travel agencies to assume responsibility for a booking made by a client. If the cruise has not already been paid in full, we can normally assume responsibility for the booking. Please call the office if you would like to discuss the advantages of having Take Time To Travel assist you with your existing cruise reservation.

If my cruise drops in price after I pay my initial deposit, will my price be adjusted or am I stuck paying a higher rate?

In most circumstances, we are able to adjust your booking to take advantage of any new promotions and sales.

Can I still go on the cruise line website and access my booking to plan shore excursions and dining reservations?

Yes, or we can do it for you!

Will I need a passport to go on my cruise?

We recommend that everyone taking a cruise from the United States have a passport book. Most “closed-loop” cruises do not require a U.S. passport, however, we recommend bringing yours in case of an emergency, such as an unexpected medical air evacuation or the ship docking at an alternate port. U.S. citizens on closed-loop cruises (cruises that begin and end at the same U.S. port) are generally allowed to enter the United States with a birth certificate and government-issued photo ID. Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport to enter the countries your cruise ship is visiting.

How much will my cruise cost?

Cruise brochures are great for providing information, but they are printed well in advance of sailings and will not reflect the most current pricing or specials. Brochure prices are typically the highest rates you can pay. You can almost always find a price lower than the brochure rate. There are several factors that can determine cost. Let us know if you have ever cruised with a cruise line before, served in the military, currently work in law enforcement or fire rescue, have AAA or AARP, or if you are a senior citizen. Cruising is a great vacation value!

For specific U.S. government Passport and Visa regulations, visit the US Government’s website. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html

Call Take Time To Travel to learn more about your many cruising options!