Ask Our Experts: Insider Cruise Tips

OUR EXPERTS SHARE their insights into getting the most out of your travels.

What insider tips can you offer about cruising?

OUR EXPERTS say: A cruise is certainly a vacation where you’ll always appreciate having a specialist in your corner. Not only will we help you select where you want to go — from Aruba to Antarctica — but we’ll also help you decide which cruise ship is right for you. Perhaps you prefer a larger vessel where you can try a different restaurant or show every night. Or maybe an intimate vessel with fewer than 50 guests is more your style. We’ll consider your travel style on land and help select the best cruise for you. From iconic cities to off-the-beaten-path harbors, we’re here to assist with every detail.


You can access limited-time savings when you reserve early on select cruises or find special deals specifically for solo cruisers. Consider traveling outside of the peak season by taking a cruise during the “shoulder season.” For example, Alaska voyages departing in mid-May and late September can be a great way to save, not to mention lighter crowds. Our insider knowledge of special pricing and amenities are just the beginning. Reserve with us for more valuable enhancements such as shipboard credit and upgrades on select voyages.


Early morning hours on embarkation day can be chaotic so we recommend simply boarding later in the day, at least 90 minutes before departure. We’ll let you know which cruise lines and ports make this possible, and we’ll reserve your hotel stay with late check-out, whenever available, and arrange swift transportation. We’ll also secure your spot on popular shore excursions. Ask us about arranging a private car and driver experience in select ports, ensuring that you hit all the high points and return to your ship in plenty of time to board.


On ships both large and small, we can harness our time-honored connections to create unique experiences you may not have known existed: an in-suite birthday party, a hosted cocktail reception, a private shore excursion, a renewal of your wedding vows followed by a romantic dinner. Celebrating with a group of friends or family? We can provide you additional discounts and special amenities on board. No matter what the occasion, we’re here to find you the best value, create unforgettable experiences and make every day of your cruise something special.

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Ask us how you can save big when you reserve a future cruise while you’re still on board.

For more information, contact us today by calling (217) 892-2526 or clicking here.

[Cover Photo: Canstock Photo / Paha_L]

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