Getting The Most From Mediterranean Cruises 2013

by Marc Lindham

Mediterranean cruises 2013 are already booking for a variety of destinations. A Mediterranean cruise is a great way to see many of the sights of this beautiful European region, all in a single vacation. Here are some important planning strategies to help travelers ensure that they are adequately prepared for an enjoyable multi-destination cruise while getting the best deal upon booking.

A Mediterranean cruise involves multiple destinations. Popular ports include Rome, Barcelona, Venice, Malaga and Southampton, though a variety of itineraries are available at different times of the year and through different cruise lines. Itineraries are typically focused on either eastern or western Mediterranean destinations. Cruise lines specializing in travel throughout this region include Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America.

Saving money on travel is a goal for many people, and there are some tricks to doing so on a Mediterranean cruise. For those with the rare schedule flexibility to travel without advance notice, last-minute travel deals are a great way to save money by taking advantage of a company's desire to fill empty rooms and seats. Most of us do not have this kind of flexibility in our schedules, however, and so the next best option is to book well in advance. Even cruise ships, with their luxurious reputation for on-board decadence, offer budget-friendly options for travelers wishing for economical accommodations.

When considering vacation budget, it is important to remember that cruises, while often all-inclusive, may require air travel to the departure port. This cost must be counted in addition to the cost of the cruise, itself, along with entertainment and incidentals while docked in destination ports.

To get the most out of a multi-destination Mediterranean cruise, it is important to plan ahead. The chosen cruise line will, of course, have detailed information available regarding popular sights and activities at each port of call. It's also a good idea to acquire port guides for each destination in advance so there is ample time to map out preferred sights. This enables travelers to get the most from their time spent at each destination.

Port guides also offer helpful, destination-specific information regarding the culture, language and preferred travel methods for guests once they arrive. Depending on the itinerary of the specific cruise, there may or may not be time to visit each and every sight. Advance planning helps to streamline time spent in port, allowing for the most efficient use of allowed time there.

For some, booking a prearranged tour of the destination port is the best option. These can typically be arranged though the cruise ship concierge services. For others, a more independent mode of travel is preferred, and this is where the port guide comes in really handy.

Known for its rich culture, breathtaking natural scenery, ancient historical sites and welcoming attitude toward visitors, a visit to the Mediterranean region is often described as a life-changing experience. The time is right and the options are many for those considering booking a Mediterranean cruise 2013. With a little planning, there are great deals to be found. This is especially true for those booking early. Upon confirmation of itinerary, use these tips to make them most efficient use of time spent in-port.

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