2. Study different cruise lines and where they go. Find out which cruise path will suit you best as far as taste and affordability go. It is island paradises you would like or exotic far-eastern ports? Cruise lines have so many choices and options. Alaska, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or Bali? 3. To make the cruise affordable book early. If you firm up plans around 120 days before sail date you will get a nice discount on the brochure price. Consider traveling off season cruises are cheaper off season and more enjoyable. You cane escape the crowds. Often a four day cruise in the middle of the week is more affordable than a three-day weekend cruise and some companies even throw in an extra day free. 4. To get the best deal and advice consult a cruise specialist. They are experts and will even offer group rates, shipboard credits, upgrades, and great prices. Experts in the cruise-holiday business they will take care of passports, visas, dietary requirements, and any other special needs. They will even get you the benefits of any price drops that occur after you book your holiday. 5. Make all arrangements carefully very often choosing an ari â€“sea package is worthwhile as it takes care of transport from airport to port and back and the cruise line will take care of luggage transfers and all other nitty-gritties. 6. Create a file of essential travel and health documents as well as copies of travel insurance and medical prescriptions. 7. Find out how to pack for a cruise. Many agents offer detailed lists of what you will need on vacation including formal clothes, camera, swim wear and more. 8. Ask about on board programs and activities so that you can prepare well. You may want to take a crash course in dancing or theater to win prizes during the cruise. Many cruises have costume parties and other activities, so knowing what to prepare for will help you enjoy the cruise. 9. Update your information on all the places the cruise ship will dock at. Create on shore plans for the family so that you donâ€™t miss any important events or sights. 10 Update your self on cruising etiquette. Learn shipping terminology, dress well, socialize with other families, make friends, ensure that your kids are not troublesome to others, and follow the rules formulated by the cruise director. If you make up your mind to enjoy yourself to the fullest the cruise will be a wonderful experience that you will want to repeat time and again.