How to Choose the Perfect Cruise Line for You

What Cruise Line is Right for Me?

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With every cruise trip that you take, there’s one huge question that must be asked: which ship are you going on? If you’re scoffing and saying, “Well, it’s just a ship! Food, drinks, pools—they’re all basically the same!” then you probably haven’t gone on a cruise yet. And that, of course, is why we are here. Lots of Honor (who knows a thing or two about cruising) can say that one of the biggest parts of planning a cruise vacation is deciding which ship is the best for you and your party. Here are some of the things to ask yourself when looking at the cruise ships in the port you’ve chosen.

Where Do I Want to Go?

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Where you want to go will determine the cruise lines and ships available to you. Caribbean? Alaska? Mexico? Not only do certain cruise lines cater to different areas where you could be sailing, but some cruise lines won’t sail at all from some ports. Choosing your destination first is a good trick to narrowing down which cruise lines are available to you!

How Long Do I Want My Cruise to Be?

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Are you looking for a short three to five-day cruise? Or is your party wanting a luxurious escape lasting ten or more days? Believe it or not, cruise lines specialize in different cruise lengths. You’ll find most Carnival cruises are much shorter than Norwegian’s when sailing from Port Canaveral. There are a lot of options for cruise length, and this will definitely impact which cruise you want to take.

How Much Do I Want to Spend?

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Cruise line pricing varies not only between their different cruises but also between the lines themselves. So, what are you (and your wallet) in the mood for? Luxury cruise line or casual cruising? With cruises, Port Canaveral has two great cruises for a budget: Carnival and Norwegian. Explore the different options at the port you’ve chosen and you’ll see the price of your cruise vary based on the ship, the cabin, the package, and the entertainment. You’ll want to explore hidden fees (like drink packages, off-ship excursions, and food) with different cruise lines when planning your budget! (And remember, there are lots of ways to save money while cruising!)

Who is in My Party?

Your traveling companions will make or break a cruise vacation depending on what cruise line you choose. Are you bringing young kids who will need a lot of attention and entertainment? Are you and your spouse enjoying a getaway with romance and luxury? Or does your party have a lot of college kids who will want to experience the nightlife? Some cruise lines like Disney will do great with some groups and totally terrible with others, like teens who would prefer Royal Caribbean. (Imagine your romantic meal serenaded by Elsa from Frozen—not great, right?)

What Ship Size Am I Comfortable With?

Whether you’re choosing a little riverboat cruise or a huge mega-ship on the ocean, your cruise will change based on the size of the ship you choose. The bigger the ship, the more people will be around you. And often, there aren’t many places to escape to since you’re on a ship! Whether you’re good with crowds is a good thing to consider. Cruise ship size impacts a lot more than just how many people are on board, though. Ship size will impact price, entertainment, seasickness, and itinerary. Many smaller ships will be more personalized with smaller ports, but they also won’t have room for some of the entertainment options that ships like the Oasis of the Seas will have.

Happy Sailing!

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These five big influences on your cruise are great places to start when trying to decide what cruise line and ship to choose. Your cruise will change more than you realize based on your cruise line, so do yourself a favor and research a little before your final decision. Then, you’re all set. Enjoy an adventure on your amazing cruise vacation!

5 Things to Do Before You Cruise

A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

Cruising isn’t all fun and games and crazy cocktails. Going on a cruise requires a lot of planning. Even after you pick your cruise and book it, there’s still more to be done to prepare. With so much to remember to do before your cruise, it’s easy to forget one or two important things. So, here’s a quick list to help you plan ahead in the weeks before your trip!

1. Make a List!

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Yes, the first item on our list is just that: make a list! One of the best things that you can do to prepare is to sit down with a pen and some paper (a phone, computer, or tablet works, too!) and write. Make a list of every item and activity that you have to do before your trip. Add “due dates” for activities that have a deadline. Then, you can keep this list and double-check it to make sure that you’re on schedule. Trust us when we say that it is worth the trouble!

2. Let Your Bank Know

call your bank when travelingWith any kind of vacation, you should let your financial institution at home know about your travel plans. When you suddenly start trying to spend money in the Caribbean, a smart bank will put a hold on your account if they don’t know ahead of time. It’s a great idea to take care of this ahead of time instead of spending part of your vacation on the phone. (Not to mention, those phone call fees will be killer!)

 3. Prepare Your Passport

Do you need a passport to cruisefind and renew your passport for your cruise? The short answer is this: even if you don’t need one for your cruise, you should always, always, always bring one in case of an emergency. One of the things on your preparing-to-cruise list should always be to get a passport or other travel documentation ready for your trip. Carnival recommends bringing a passport that is valid for at least six months following the end of your cruise. Good idea!

4. Get Fun and Exciting Luggage

luggage should be cute and colorful and stand out in a crowdColorful and fun luggage doesn’t just get your family into the cruising spirit. It also helps you keep track of your bags in a sea of activity during travel. Having an easily visible bag will make sure that you won’t lose your luggage at the port or have someone else mistake your bags for theirs! Give your luggage and your trip some personality with unusual styles, bright colors, or crazy patterns. What’s not to love about that?

5. Do Your Online Check-In!

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Airports, hotels, and cruise lines will often let you check in the day before, which is an awesome thing to do to save time.  Make sure to check in online, especially with your cruise, because it can save you a lot of time and headache on the day of your cruise! Checking in with your cruise line is a quick and easy process, and it will make check-in at the terminal must faster on the day that you cruise. So don’t miss this opportunity! Go ahead and put this on your list. (Don’t forget to plan your cruise parking ahead of time, too. That’s another great time-saver!)

Secret Number 6: Relax & Have Fun!

The most important thing to remember to do is this: get pumped and have fun! Stay stress-free with good planning so you can have a great, easy week before your wonderful, fun, fantastic vacation!

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Lots of Honor’s Port Canaveral Parking Blog: Exploring Canaveral One Treasure at a Time

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Ready to Explore Port Canaveral?

Here at Lots of Honor, we aren’t just a facility for Port Canaveral parking. We all live in the area and are in love with the local businesses and attractions around our amazing port. To help Port Canaveral cruisers, we are starting our very own blog to explore the hidden treasures to check out while you’re in town. Whether you’re waiting for your cruise or visiting our sunny little area, Lots of Honor is here to show you around. This post is to let you know a little more about us and who we are! 

Lots of Honor Port Canaveral Cruise Parking

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You may be wondering who we are. Lots of Honor is a cruise parking lot for Port Canaveral, one of the biggest ports for cruising on America’s East Coast. One problem that comes for being a big port, though, is having a lot of cruisers’ cars to park. When the Port parking is so expensive and crowded, off-site options for parking pop up. We’re one of them!
 
Lots of Honor opened about one year ago, in March 2016. Located across the bridge from the Port, we are proud to offer cheaper parking without long wait times! We provide cheap offsite cruise parking for all the Port Canaveral cruise lines. On vacation, you deserve excellent customer service and the comfort of a safe parking lot. From the beginning, we’ve wanted the friendliest staff, lowest prices, and safest parking! We’re proud to say that you park with friends when you park with Lots of Honor.
 
Our shuttles are free, and we offer wheelchair access for anyone who needs it. Lots of Honor does its best to accommodate! Also, we offer car covers and car washes to those who want a little extra something for their vehicles. Heck, why not give your car a vacation too? Choose what you want when you book with Lots of Honor!

Port Canaveral Parking for a Cause

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Lots of Honor is also focused on giving back to the community. Have you heard of Homes for Our Troops? It’s an amazing program that is designed to build homes for America’s disabled veterans! We give a part of every booking to Homes for Our Troops. Why? Our owner, Matt Sweet, is a disabled veteran himself, so he knows how hard it can be for veterans and their families. Giving back to those who are injured while serving America is a noble and honorable cause. What better way to help heroes than to donate to a top-rated charity like Homes for Our Troops?

Upcoming Posts!

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We’re going to be posting soon about great restaurants, attractions, places to see, and more. Keep an eye out for upcoming insights into places that you might want to visit when you visit Port Canaveral! You can also send us an email asking for us to write about something that you want to see. We are always happy to take suggestions!

 

Happy Exploring, everyone!