First-time cruise travelers often become frequent cruisers rather quickly for one reason or another. Cruise lines deliver on promises made before the actual experience, often exceeding traveler expectations. A bona fide good travel value, travel by ship is also an efficient way to see the world. One good experience leads to another. Blink a couple times and you’ve lost count of how many sailings are in your cruise history. Here, we have some tips to help keep accounting accurate and gain from that history.
A Cruise Log With Comparable Categories Rated
An accounting system of some sort is a good idea, just to get the basic details recorded for reference later. “Which cruise was that where we met the Smith family?” is a question that can be easily answered with a log we can make on our own.
Basic information is pretty straightforward and should include:
- Ship Name
- Sailing Date
- Booking Number
- Stateroom Number
- $Cruise Fare
- Who Sailed
Taking that thought a step further, we can add ratings and tools much like we are writing a review. That valuable information can help guide future cruise buying decisions.
Those broad topics to rate might include:
- Dining- an overall impression of culinary efforts experienced while sailing. Make notes on venues liked, disliked and anything in-between. In the beginning, all you are doing is recording your impressions. There are no right or wrong answers here. Add plenty of detail.
- Accommodations- Compare what you experienced in your stateroom space compared to your expectation. Disparity here is a red flag.
- Ship Shape- What venues did you frequent most? Which ones did you have zero interest in? Complete this sentence: The ship was too _______? Anything that fits in the blank is an important fact in your cruise history as it is at that time. Priorities will change over time.
- Crew- “Were they friendly and helpful?” is real cut and dried answer I wish cruise lines would not ask. It’s about like asking “Do you love life?” Well yes, I suppose so, is there some particular part of life we’re talking about here?
- Passengers- this is a really personal part where you make notes about the general clientele you find on board. Were they people like you or someone else?
- Itinerary- If you absolutely did not like the stop in Grand Cayman, that needs to be noted. More importantly: The Why behind the dislike? Also important on itinerary evaluation: the ones you really liked a lot.
This can be as detailed (or not) as you want it to be. Twenty years from now, the details will be a little trip down memory lane. Just after sailing and falling in love with it, this is good information that will help point your cruise history in the right direction.
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