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Sail Away Essay

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How many people are tired of vacationing in the same DRAB place? How many people are looking for some excitement, new experiences, and a chance to travel the world without depleting your life savings? Cruise ships have always been a luxurious get away from the daily CLUTTER of society. Since, the first transatlantic cruise in the 1900‘s, over 1 billion passengers have set sail for the high seas and half of those passengers are frequent ones. Today, I want to share the insider secrets to why cruising is the best vacation ever and only an experienced cruiser would know. I’m going to explain the ins and outs of planning a cruise and the shortcuts that could save you some hassles when planning the cruise of your dreams.
First of all, the best proof of citizenship for traveling worldwide by ship, air, or even by foot is the passport. Practically every continent requires a traveler to have proof of identity. Such a document is a necessity in order to travel freely throughout the world. I must stress the importance of having the required paperwork when traveling in foreign countries that are not your home. Having a passport is essential if you wish to set sail across international waters. Generally, the government says it takes an average of 4 to 6 weeks to get your passport, but I would start applying a year in advance. It’s always easier to be prepared for future problems when you take the steps to avoid it. For instance, my family planned a cruise for December 2009; I didn’t apply for my passport until late November 2009. I was a year behind in applying for my passport and I was AFRAID that I would miss my cruise. I check online for the status of my passport and found out that in order for me to go on the cruise I would have to expedite it. I was WISTFUL, but I expedited my passport and was able to receive it in 2 weeks. All my nerves and worry could have been avoided if I would have just applied early. Additionally, having a state issue ID is also important in proving your identity as well as your residency. You should always have your passport and an ID with you when going to foreign countries and planning a cruise. In order to even step aboard a cruise line you have to show \your state ID as well as your passport. Immigration is also a security issue all over the world. It would be an expensive mistake to misplace your passport and ID, because you can be detained in a foreign country.
Secondly, some people assume in order to plan a luxurious cruise you need a travel agent, but truly all you need is a destination and internet. A rule of thumb is to start planning for a cruise six months in advance and collect as much knowledge and tips from websites that specializes in the cruise ship industry. The internet is a vast collection of information just waiting for you to access it. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to research, because that is when careless mistakes happen and your dream cruise should be spectacular. For this reason,...

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