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Cruise Control: Your Vacation At High Seas

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

If you’re a true New Yorker and or native Long Islander you can fondly (though perhaps vaguely) remember how much “fun” it was to cruise up and down Francis Lewi Boulevard, 86th Street, The Avenue, Bell Boulevard, The Pike or along 231.

But, now that you and your tastes have matured cruising may not sound like all that much fun. Then again, it all depends on the type of cruising you’ve got in mind.

Let’s shift gears for a moment from the streets to the high seas. Alas, it seems cruising DOES still have an appeal. But, if it’s you’re first time “out to sea”, experts make the following suggestions to ensure smooth sailing.

1. You’re Going To Need Money Honey: While most cruise line DO offer package deals with many perks and freebies, lots of things including site-seeing tours are not. And, they ARE pricey. So, don’t forget to pack a little, actually a significant amount of extra cash.

2. Besides planning your vacation well in advance for the best deals, experts suggest looking into the ships schedule and itinerary and where it’s stoppingj and for how long. Make sure you plan ahead for activities too or get off near a nearby resort if you prefer to.

3. Travel Light: Bring just enough, but not too much since you’ll be spending most of your time lounging and in a swimsuit by the pool. Plus, most ships have laundry areas and washing machines on board. Also make sure to unpack and hang up clothes once you get to your cabin, that will help you find your stuff more easily too.

4. Take a walk on the “wet and wild” side: Besides making stops at some exotic locations, depending on your cruise and where you’re going, many ships have lots of interesting activities for your enjoyment while out at sea. Among thest high diving platforms and/or rock climbing, as well as several tournaments and (poolside) contests…why not give them a try.

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