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Learn2 Shop for a Cruise (continued)
Step 3: Decide what amenities are important

Some cruise lines cater to specific age groups, while others emphasize elegance or a casual atmosphere. There are cruises for singles, couples, families, and those looking for a specific theme (including music, theater, sports, gourmet dining, art, and onshore adventures--just to name a few).

Think about what kind of travel you've done before. What did you like or dislike? What activities interest you? Is there an age group you do or don't want to cruise with? Do you want to be on a "party boat" or something more mellow? What do you consider to be the most important elements of a good vacation? These elements should be at the top of your list. If you'll be traveling with your family or friends, take their needs and wants into consideration as well.

Ship size can also make a big difference in your overall experience. For example, larger ships are like floating hotels; with casinos, entertainment, spas, and a lot of people. Mid-size ships are scaled-down versions of the same. Small ships are much more personal, and though they may not provide entertainment, they're often part of a niche or theme cruise. Small ships can offer deluxe, luxurious cruises or very casual ones. They often travel to places where larger ships can't go, such as rivers.

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2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Choose a destination
Step 2: Choose a timeframe
Step 3: Decide what amenities are important
Step 4: Collect brochures
Step 5: Know your price range
Step 6: Choose a type of cabin
Step 7: Call your travel agent

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