Tips for Cruise Line Trips

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Travel |

You have probably spent months saving and researching on the best cruise trips available at the best prices. As the day approaches, you are a nerve of excitement and anxiety as this will be your first time. Even if you have been on a cruise trip before, the excitement still does not fade away. With the jitter comes some minute details that you are bound to forget. Here some of them to ensure nothing takes the fun out of your trip.

  • FlightsBaltimore Limo Service

Unless you intend to drive yourself to the port, you will need to book the cruise line’s flight inclusive air package or your own air transportation. Of course you could always take a limousine such as our friends at Baltimore Limo Service. On the departure day, arrive as early as possible when flying in. If you can make it a day earlier, even better. There may be unforeseen circumstances like flight delays which prevent you from getting to the pier on time. The same case applies to your flight back home. It is better to book in the afternoon to factor in clearing customs delays or anything else that may cause you to debark late

In the case of flight delays, let the airline know you are a cruise passenger scheduled to sail that day. They will try and accommodate you as soon as possible on another flight. Next, contact your cruise line and inform them of the delay. They provide an emergency toll-free number to be used for the day of travel so have it nearby. Sometimes you will have to travel to the next port and meet your ship at your own expense; unless you had booked a cruise line all-inclusive air/sea package.

  • Packing

A lot of people board cruise ships at once, and so ships receive thousands of luggage at once. This means that it might take hours before your luggage gets to you. Make sure to have carry-ons with you; important documents, medication, bathing suits, diapers, wipes, etc. In case your bag is misplaced or lost, these necessities will keep you going for some time.

  • Dress Codes

Dress codes are specified in your travel documents for each cruise line. Depending on the airline, there is formal wear for evening dinners, and casual wear for daytime hours. This may change from day to day so be sure to check their schedule before you start packing.

  • BYOB

Some cruise ships allow you to carry your own alcohol, a bottle or two, aboard. This is to avoid guests sneaking in with their alcohol. Other cruise lines, however, do not.

  • Safety Drills

Before the ship sets sail, most cruise ships offer safety/muster drills. Ensure you attend these drills to be on the safe side. Cabin crew members do not come around to check for people in their cabin areas.

  • Ship’s Daily Newsletter

This shows the program of the ship, times, places, venues, activities, etc. It is a handy tool to ensure you don’t miss out. As an alternative to the traditional printouts, some cruise lines have mobile apps where the daily updates are posted.

  • Sea Sickness

Most cruise lines have doctors on board who attend to passengers in case of motion sickness. You can visit your doctor before-hand for prescribed medication.

  • Communicate

If you aren’t particularly pleased about something on the trip, let one of the staff members know. Cruise lines have exemplary customer service and will ensure you have a great time on board.

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Cheap Vacation Ideas

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Travel |

Deciding on a holiday destination can be one of the hardest things to do when planning a vacation. A probable reason for this is the number of factors that come into play. The number of people involved, your budget, the time you want to spend vacationing, etc. Contrary to popular belief, you really don’t need to have an overload of cash to enjoy a nice holiday. You can have a nice getaway at a considerably low budget without having to break the bank.

The sole purpose of a vacation is to unwind, relax, let loose and have some fun. It does not have to be a costly affair. Here are some ideas on how to vacation without splurging.

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It is not surprising that people rarely transverse different parts of the countries they live in. Almost everyone is guilty of this at some point in their lives. Before you think about international travels, find some great spots in your own country that you have never visited before; you will experience so many wonders waiting to be uncovered.

If you decide to sight see, check yourself into a guest house to have a change of environment. Otherwise, staying at home may be an excuse to do any other thing than sight see. It also creates a feeling of adventure and thrill when you decide to do this. Get yourself some city tourism passes at your local tourism office to experience multiple local attractions for free or at reduced costs.

Beaches

There is nothing comparable to laying on the beach with the perfect weather. You may prefer to engage in water sporting activities such as snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, etc. A swim with the dolphins would be such a memorable experience as well.  For family vacations, you can opt for beaches with restaurants, amusement parks and arcades for the kids and yourselves too. Make sure to choose an all-inclusive resort to get value for your money.

Outdoors

The best things in life come free to us, right? Being outdoors is a great chance to experience some beautiful scenery at very little or no cost. You will admit that nature and its landmarks do have a calming effect. You can decide to drive around your region, and you will be surprised at discovering some things for the first time.

National Parks

National parks are a great vacation choice especially if you don’t want to spend a considerable amount of money. There is so much to do and see that will blow your mind away. The drives where you get see the wildlife, nature trails, mountain climbing, camping, etc. Park fees fall in the range of $15and $40. In some places, camping on public lands is free. If camping is not your thing, most parks have cabins that you can choose instead.

Cruise Ships

To get a great deal on cruise ships, make sure to book very early in advance or at the very last minute. You are likely to get a bargain as they are normally quite expensive. They go for $600 and above per person for just a small room. Booking at least a year in advance will get you a significant reduction in the fare. Last minute deals go down as far as half the normal price. Booking other types of tours also work the same way; you get up to 20% discounts at the last minute.

Other cruise ships offer ridiculously low rates of up to $30 per day. If the prices drop after you have made a booking, you may get partial refunds or vouchers for food or drinks.

Accommodation

This is one of the major stressors in vacations because of the exorbitant prices charged by decent or good hotels. It can eat into your budget and suck the fun out of your entire trip. Some people may have found a way around that, and they call it house sitting. You get to live in someone else’s house while they are away which is pretty awesome and convenient for both the house owner and yourself.

Try to be creative when seeking for vacation options and destinations. You may decide to go to totally different locations that are unheard of instead of the same old famous destinations. Deviate from the common path and reward yourself with an amazing, unprecedented experience. Combine that with an off-season visit, and you will save yourself a whole lot of money while gaining new exciting experiences. There is so much information available online on cheap deals, discounts, etc., that you can take advantage of.

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How to Choose a Great Limousine Service

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Travel |

You have a special event coming up, and you want a limo service to grace your departure and arrival to your destination. With so many rental services available, you may be feeling a bit confused as to which company to use. We have had excellent service from BethRock Limo (http://www.bethrocklimo.com/) if you happen to be in the Bethesda and Rockville, MD area near Washington DC. If you aren’t near there, here are a few crucial factors that will narrow down your choices and help you get the exact service that you are looking for.

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Each company should be properly licensed. You should also find out if they have commercial vehicle insurance. Don’t take chances with companies that cannot show you their insurance and licensing credentials. Your safety should be your number one concern.

Company’s fleet size

This can give you an insight into the company’s operations and services. Generally, smaller companies are expected to offer a more personalized service than larger companies. While this may not always be the case, the chances are that larger companies give more standardized service because of the variety of services available.

Chauffeurs

You want to feel safe and secure and so due diligence is required to ensure that the chauffeurs of these companies meet all the required state mandates. Some of these mandatory requirements include; good driving history, random substance abuse tests, and criminal background checks. Medical screening and commercial driver’s license are required for larger vehicles.

Pricing

Companies differ in their pricing policies so ensure you make comparisons before arriving at a final decision. Some companies may offer a flat rate; others may choose a price per hour or an all inclusive package. There may also be instances of additional fees charged apart from the listed prices so make sure to get all the information beforehand to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Package

This is best suited for those special events and locations with specified time periods. Examples may include weddings, sporting events, concerts, proms, etc. This package will most likely incorporate the number of people, the number of hours and probably some luxury amenities for a bulk rate.

Time

Some companies will charge an hourly rate which they refer to as the travel time; from the garage to the time it returns. They may add an hour for this time to make the billing much easier. If the rate was an all exclusive package, they might give an hourly charge for the continued use of the limo during overtime. Rates may also depend on seasonal demand just like is the case with hotel rooms.

Use these guidelines to ensure you get the best limousine service for your money’s value.

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