• And then there are the economics. Yes, pre or post stays may elevate your budget requirements quite substantially depending on the city. But as you usually have to find accommodation, transportation, and arrange at least some sightseeing to pass the time when you fly in early or out late all this is – to borrow a menu phrase – at a la carte prices. And that as we all know is more expensive than the buffet! If a pre or post stay can be attached to your cruise, the hotel stay is less expensive, your transfers will be included, and there will be pre-arranged guided tours. Everything is looked after except meals and at a lesser price for better accommodations etc. than your travel professional may be able to arrange independently. Always have your travel professional double-check but most times this bears true.
• Continuing with economics, the cost of air fare per day of vacation spread over 10 days is less for example than that spread over a cruise-only vacation of 7 days . Or imagine that you decide that you really need a few days extra in Rome in the midst of your cruise so now you have to plan a return visit. That’s a whole extra round trip air fare to consider when you are already there.
• Oh, and that Alaska cruise tour … if you see just the coast and coastal ports of Alaska without venturing into the interior , you are only seeing a smidgeon of what Alaska has to offer. You can’t possibly return home with the satisfaction of saying, “ I have seen Alaska.” Alaska has to be experienced. And what better way than a tour including overnight stays in Denali or similar, the famous domed train ride, the photographic opportunities of the wildlife, and so on.
The next time you decide to cruise, ask your travel professional if your ocean cruise or river cruise can be extended by the cruise line to a land stay. It will take your vacation to a whole new level.