It’s been more than a decade since we traveled. Since that time, internet offerings add insights and details to help our anticipation and planning:
The website Cruise Critics offers Boards organized by cruise line and ship on which you can ask questions, listen to the stories of others, and discover your travel mates. Of course, Cruise Critic sells cruises and you ‘ll be exposed to their sales pitches.
Travel insurance is an indispensable quagmire. COVID resulted in multiple cancellations. Some cruise guests ended up stranded because they tested positive and couldn’t enter the country from which they were scheduled to depart. Long ago, when we were younger and more resilient and our trips were shorter, we traveled without insurance. No more. Lots of sites will help you sift through the various policies, and rate those offered by the cruise lines. None of them will save you money, as insurance rates are fixed. In our research, we used a website offered by AARP.
Facebook has numerous groups dedicated to cruising. For our Oceania cruise, we selected an Oceania Cruise group. There are many, many more.
You should also check out travel blogs and YouTubes made by others during their travels. Lots of us enjoy sharing our journey. Some share great pictures, some share travel tips, some are just plain fun. Use your search engine to search for a blog by destination or cruise line. Enjoy!