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How to Plan a Holiday

By JoTuesday 26th April 2016

Follow our tips and plan a cruise you’ll remember forever. Follow our tips and plan a cruise you’ll remember forever.


The summer holidays are well and truly on their way, which can only mean one thing… it’s time to start planning yours! Whether you’re planning a summer getaway or you’re planning further ahead, follow our how to plan a holiday guide for a simple, stress-free cruise planning experience.


 Decide on your budget

The first step in the cruise planning process is to decide on your budget. Think realistically about how much you already have saved, how much you can afford to save and, most importantly, how much you’re willing to spend on a holiday. If you’re not sure where to start, use past holidays to give you a rough idea of how much you’ll spend. At Royal Caribbean we have cruises to suite everyone. Find out more in our get the best from your budget guide.

Do some research

Research is probably the most time consuming part of cruise planning, so it’s a good idea to get started early. Search online to find helpful travel blogs and talk to friends about their recent holidays, as you’ll get lots of useful information this way. Not only will you be able to start forming an idea of what you want from your trip, but you’ll also figure out what you’re not so keen on.

Choose your destination

After your preliminary holiday research, it’s time to focus your attention on where you want to go. You’ll find lots of information online about up-and-coming destinations, as well as where’s family friendly, where’s cheap and much, much more. There’s a wealth of information to be found on our destinations page, so it’s a good place to start. Choose a part of the world that you’d like to visit, from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, or somewhere else entirely. Once you have a shortlist, discuss it with your fellow travellers, whether they’re your family or friends.

Pick your time of year

The time of year you choose to cruise is usually affected by a whole host of factors, so it’s something you should decide upon quite early in the planning process. School holidays and work commitments are probably the biggest deciding factors, but don’t forget to consider the best time of year to visit your chosen destination. Some countries, Australia for example, have their summertime during British wintertime, so they’re perfect for a winter sun getaway.

How long do you want to go away for?

Once you’ve chosen your destination and when you’re going, it’s time to establish how long you want to go away for. Look at your budget, when you’re going and who else is going on the holiday, as these will all help you come to a suitable number of days or weeks. With Royal Caribbean you can choose from short 3-night sailings to extended 14-night sailings, so you have the option to pick a cruise length that suits the whole family.

Choose activities

While lots of people take a holiday to relax and unwind, there are many who see every holiday as an adventure. Talk to your travel group to find out what everyone wants from the holiday, as this will help you plan activities for the trip. The beauty of a Royal Caribbean cruise is that we cater for all types of traveller. Whether you’re a sightseer, a beach lover or you’ve got young children, we’ve got onboard activities and on-shore excursions that you’ll love.

Consider the details

So you’ve chosen your destination, booked your cruise and planned your activities; now it’s time to take care of the details.
  • Create a spending plan that shows how much you’ve got to spend each day, including food, drinks, souvenirs and any other purchases. At Royal Caribbean we offer convenient drinks packages, so you can keep costs down with a fixed day rate for a certain number of drinks.
  • Think about who’s going to look after your pets while you’re away and make arrangements for someone to keep an eye on your home.
  • Take a look at our visa information and see whether you need a visa for the country you’re visiting. This needs to be arranged before you depart and there’s usually a small fee, so make sure you leave enough time to organise this.
These three points are just the beginning. Create a list of everything you need to take care of and tick them off as you go.

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