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Jen Talks Cruises on Studio 5

By Jennifer Dunyon 02/21/2013

Want an all-inclusive, affordable, adventure? Think a cruise! Studio 5 invited me to come talk to their viewers all about the best cruise deals out there and share some of my very best tips. You'll find everything I talked about here, and you can even watch the clip below.

I just returned from the Carnival Dream out of Port Canaveral and combined it with a few days in Walt Disney World. People who’ve cruised before are calling and taking advantage of specials right now. For anyone who hasn’t cruises and is a little nervous, here’s some advice:

Cruise Travel Tips:

When to book? The earlier the better for a cruise. You get the best cabin selection and the best deals. Plus, cruises allow you to make payments up to 75 days before travel.

Where to go?
Cruising is a year round vacation choice. The cruise lines relocate their ships to key travel destinations during the best season of the year to experience the destination. Here are some of the best places to go depending on when you want to take your cruise:
  • Winter/Spring: The Caribbean and Bahamas
  • Summer: Alaska, Mediterranean
  • Fall: New England/Canada (Great deals right now)
  • Fall: Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coastal Cruises
What Cruise Line? There are so many factors when picking your cruise line. I have loved each of the cruise lines I've sailed on - each for different reasons. Here is an overview of our most popular cruise lines to help you narrow down your decision.
  • Disney- All the magic! Wholesome entertainment, first class service.
  • Royal Caribbean- All the bells and whistles! Rock climbing wall, largest ships, ice skating, flow riders, and on and on.
  • Princess- Classy ships, great guest feedback.
  • Carnival- Affordable, fun, fun! Delicious food!
Which Ship? We recommend going on the newest ship you can afford. The newest ships have more features, more state of the art technology and tend to have the best guest feedback. I loved the Royal Caribbean Allure (largest ship at sea), the new Disney Fantasy (7 day itineraries on the most beautiful ship!), and the Carnival Dream (has all the new fun enhancements with Carnival).

How long to go?  As long as you can! The benefit of a cruise is you only have to unpack once, but you can see numerous different ports!

How should I book my Shore Excursions?  There are times that we recommend booking through the cruise line (if it’s a long excursion and you’re worried about getting to the ship in time).  Otherwise we recommend several Shore Excursion companies that we’ve negotiated discounts with. You should always plan your shore excursions as early as possible as the most popular ones fill up quickly.

My Extra Tip: Cruises are the easiest way to travel with big groups and families. You have set dining times, activities for all ages, and all the details are taken care of for you, so all you have to do is enjoy your vacation!

Watch the spot now:

I know you will love a cruise, so we're offering a special Studio 5 promotion. Just mention you saw Get Away Today on Studio 5 and reserve a cruise with our cruise experts before the end of February and receive an extra $50 onboard credit! Call our cruise agents at 877.510.2929 to book your cruise today!

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Jennifer Dunyon