A document with the word caa on it.

Aug 16, 2022

6 min. read

More travellers are choosing to cruise, with over 30 countries reopening to ship-based tourism. Whether you’re exploring epic waterways or travelling across the ocean, here’s what to know before you board.

Why cruise?

Cruising allows you to visit multiple destinations, while only having to unpack your suitcase once.

Once a ship has docked, passengers can choose to venture out on exciting excursions or remain on board and enjoy luxe amenities, so it’s suited for those of all ages, interests and abilities.

Safety first

Covid-19 testing, enhanced ventilation, masks and physical distancing have all helped with the responsible return to sailing.

From cleaning practices to passenger screening, the cruise industry is diligent about sanitation and public health protocols, says the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Cleaning crews sanitize high-touch surfaces multiple times a day and the ships are cleaned from top to bottom daily.

Passengers are encouraged to ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date, wash their hands regularly and use hand sanitizer in public areas.

Planning your cruise trip

According to CLIA, more than one-third of all cruises sail to the Caribbean, Mexico and the Bahamas.

Most cruise operators have departures across the United States and many are just a short drive or flight away for Canadians.

And there’s an itinerary to fit everyone’s schedule and budget.

Cruise durations range from three nights for a jaunt to the Caribbean—a great way to get a taste of the tropics—to a month or longer for a worldly experience that spans multiple continents.

Visit caasco.com/plantravel to review your trip options.

Choosing a cruise line

Ships cater to various demographics—singles, families with children, adults, luxury audiences and seniors—and so do their amenities, on-board activities and excursions.

Compare several operators and itineraries to see which one is the right fit for you and your travel companions.

Vacationing made simple

Expense will weigh into your decision when choosing a cruise line, but cruises make planning simple.

Features like on-board dining and entertainment, housekeeping, gratuities and some beverages are often included in the cost.

You can also purchase additional packages for drinks or Wi-Fi to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

Experience the open water on your own cruising adventure this season.

Book your cruise

Overwhelmed with options? Find the right ship and itinerary for your next vacation by speaking with a CAA Travel Consultant. Ensure your travel insurance policy has the proper coverage too, by visiting caasco.com/insurance/travel.

Image credit: Uniworld

Share this article: