Congratulations – you have retired! All those years of hard work have culminated to this point. There are many ways you can enjoy your retirement, so a cruise in the sun may have crossed your mind. If it has, you should book a Mediterranean cruise.
The Mediterranean has so much to offer every visitor which makes it the perfect place to kick off your retirement years. However, it is worth planning properly to make sure you get the most out of your trip.
Why should you cruise the Mediterranean?
The Mediterranean Sea is lined with a number of countries that have unique cultures and histories. These countries were home to some of the first successful civilisations so there are decades of history to learn about.
For sun-seekers, the Mediterranean is a warm haven, full of beautiful beaches and glistening seas. The beaches are often backed by dramatic cliffsides and luscious green fields. If you choose to visit in summer, the temperature often sits between 30 and 40 degrees – a huge difference from British weather!
Many romantic films depict the main stars wandering aimlessly through picturesque villages in Mediterranean cities and you can too. Imagine trawling through boutique stores and eventually stopping for lunch in the sunshine.
What do you need to plan for a Mediterranean cruise?
There are several things to think about before you set foot onboard a cruise ship.
Work out your budget
Although you may have a pension payout or retirement fund, you should avoid splurging it all on one trip. Instead, sit down and figure out a reasonable amount you would like to spend per passenger. If you do not have enough or would like extra to keep your savings intact, there are other options. Use an equity release calculator to see if you can free up any funds from your home.
Choose a cruise line
There are a number of different cruise lines on the market, each offering similar trips at different prices. It is easy to get bogged down in the finer details, so you may want to enlist the help of a travel agent. They will be able to work with your budget and get you the best deal possible.
Choose your dates wisely
Although it can be tempting to visit during summer, prices for holidays are often more expensive and cities are busier. If you are looking to visit the Mediterranean whilst the weather is likely to be nice but a bit quieter, look at visiting in Spring or Autumn. These times of the year are still warm but the number of tourists drops as the school year continues.
Plan your itinerary
Cruises are designed to be relaxing experiences, so try to take some time to enjoy the amenities on board. That being said, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime trip so make the most of any excursions and activities that take your fancy.