How To Choose The Right Cruise For You!

How To Choose The Right Cruise For Your Family

When it comes time to choose the right cruise there are many considerations that come into play. We already talked about how you can afford a cruise for the same cost as other vacations, but now it it time to make some serious plans.

Start planning your cruise at least 12 months in advance and as many as 24 months ahead of time. This will give you plenty of time to find the best cruise, make a reservation, and pay for your vacation. With so many options available today, picking the right cruise for you can seem overwhelming.


Before you start planning you need to set a rough budget. Be sure to include what you can spend not only on the cruise but on transportation to get to the port, gratuities, shore excursions, and any other incidental costs you may experience. There are more costs involved than just the ship reservation. Once you have a general idea of what you can spend it’s time to consider where to go.


If you have a small budget you may be limited as to where you can go. Caribbean cruises are plentiful and you can often find really inexpensive deals for vacations. Look at alternative departure ports for a bigger discount. Not only may the cruise itself be cheaper but you can save on airfare in some cases. But don’t’ just go with what you think may save you money. Think that cruising from Miami will be less expensive than San Juan, Puerto Rico? You may be surprised to find in many cases this isn’t true. Not only can flights to San Juan be more affordable but the cruise itself can cost less and go to islands a cruise from mainland Florida doesn’t.

Sail Days vs. Port Days

This question comes into play when you look at the length of cruise you want to take. Many times a cruise can be longer (7 or 9 days) but have the same number of port stops as a 5 day cruise. If visiting as many ports as possible is important to you, then you’ll want to consider not just how long the cruise is but how many places it stops. There is much to be said for picking a cruise with “at sea days” (you can spend time on ship taking advantage of all those amenities for which you are already paying) vs. a cruise with a new port every day (all those port excursions can add up and bust your vacation budget!)

Shore Excursions

Is there some place you’d really love to visit or an experience you want to be sure to have? Choosing your destination based on shore excursions is one way to cut down on your choices. This can be a handy tool when you have dozens of cruises to choose from. When you only have a few hours in port, a white sandy beach is a white sandy beach, no matter which Carribbean island you are visiting. However, if you want to have a “dolphin experience”, not all ports of call will offer that (but be sure to check out our reasoning for skipping the “dolphin experience”)

On Board Features

One final way to choose the right cruise for you is based on what is available on the ship. If you love partying, dancing, or gambling you’ll want to choose a cruise that has plenty of evening entertainment and options for those over 21. If on the other hand you have young children and prefer quieter activities you’ll want to look for cruises without or that only has a little of this. Review several different cruise lines to see what is offered so that you have an idea what to expect, especially if this is your first experience.

If you’re still worried about how to choose the right cruise, consider visiting a travel agent who specializes in cruises. You can let them know what you do and don’t like along with your budget and they can make recommendations based on their experiences. You may pay a little more for this but in the end it will be less costly than a vacation you end up hating!

Walgreens August 2014 Instant Value Coupon Book

See all current Walgreens Coupon Matchups & Deals!

The new Walgreens Coupon Book should be showing up in your stores! They can usually be found right by the front door of your store in the same racks as the copies of the weekly circular. The August 2014 Walgreens Coupons will be valid from July 27, 2014 through August 30, 2014. As a reminder, these coupons can all be stacked with manufacturers coupons for even greater savings!

The August 2014 Walgreens coupons are:

$2/1 A+D Diaper Rash Cream or Original Ointment or Diaper Rash Ointment
$1/1 Advil Pain Relief or ThermaCare Heat Wraps
$1/1 AfterBite Plus
$3/1 Alavert 24-HR Allergy Relief
$1/1 Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold, Cough, or Flu Relief
$2/1 Allation Lubricant for Couples or Personal Lubricant
$5/1 Allegra 24 HR Allergy Relief
$3/1 Almay Face Cosmetics
$3/1 Anacin Pain Reliever
$0.50/1 Angel Soft Bath Tissue
$1/2 Aquafresh Extreme Clean Toothpaste
$3/1 At Home Drug Test
$1/1 AZO Cranberry Urinary Tract Health, Urinary Pain Relief, or Urinary Tract Infection Test Strips
$1/1 Azo Urinary Pain Relief, Cranberry Urinary Tract Health or Test Strips Urinary Tract Infection Test
$1/2 Baby Magic Baby Care Product
$1/1 Balance Financial Prepaid MasterCard Purchase
$1/1 Benadryl Children’s Allergy Relief or Benadryl
$2/1 Bio-Oil Skin Care
$1/1 Blink Eye Drops., or Complete Multi-Purpose Solution, or Blink-N-Clean Eye Drops or RevitaLens Multipurpose Solution
$2/1 Breathe Right Extra or Extra Clear Nasal Strips
$2/1 Brita Pitcher or Replacement Filter
$1/1 Caltrate, Centrum Multivitamins, ProNutrients Omega-3, Heart, Energy, Immune or Prenatal Specialist, or Flavor Burst
$2/1 CapriClear 100% Coconut Oil Spray
$1/2 Chapstick Lip Care or Advil Pain Reliever
$2/1 Citrucel Fiber Product
$5/1 Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit
$2/1 Clean & Clear Facial Skin Care Item
$2/1 Clear Eyes Eye Drops
$1/1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
$3/1 Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen
23% off Contact Lenses
$1/1 Cottonelle CleanCare or ComfortCare Bathroom Tissue
$1/1 Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths
$2/2 Dasani Sparkling Water
$5/1 DerMend Moisturizing Bruise Formula Cream
$1/2 Dove Minis
$2/1 Dr. Scholl’s Insoles, Inserts or Rub Relief Item
$1/1 Emergen-C
$2/1 Energizer Hearing Aid Batteries
$5/1 Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries
$6/1 Florastor Probiotic
$1/1 Green Dot Reloadable Prepaid Card Fee
$5/1 H2O+ Luxury Bath and Body Care
$2/1 Huggies Little Swimmers
$4/1 Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit
$3/1 Kelo-cote Scar Gel
$2/1 Kerasal Pain Relieving Foot Cream
$2/1 L’Oreal Studio Gel
$2/1 Lactaid Fast Act Dietary Supplements
$2/1 Lamisil Antifungal Spray or Cream
$3/1 Legatrin PM Pain Reliever / Sleep Aid
$2/1 LifeStyles Amuze His & Hers Pleasure Massagers
$5/1 LifeStyles Condoms
$15/1 LifeTrak Zone Activity Tracker
$2/1 Little Remedies Gas Relief or Yummy Fiber Gummies
$3/1 Lotrimin Cream, Powder, Spray
$1/2 Mars M&M’s
$1/1 Maxwell House Instant Coffee
$0.50/1 Mead Envelopes
$3/1 Mederma PM Instensive Overnight Scar Cream or Mederma Scar Gel or Cream
$2/1 Midol Menstrual Pain Relief
$3/1 Multi-betic Diabetes Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Supplement
$1/1 Nestea Lemon Flavor Enhancer
$0.25/1 Nestle Toll House Cookie Sandwich, Drumstick, Haagen-Dazs Bar, or Edy’s or Dreyer’s Dibs
$2/1 Neutrogena Men Shaving Facial Cleansers or Moisturizers
$2/1 Nexium 24HR Acid Reducer
$5/1 Nova Bath and Shower Seat
$10/1 NutriDiet Dietary Supplement
$10/1 Ocean Blue Dietary Supplement
$1/1 Off! Familycare Bite and Itch Relief Pen
$1/1 Off! Insect Control, Candle Bucket, Clip-on Starter Compact or Refills
$5/1 OneTouch Delica Lancets
$4/1 OneTouch Ultra Blue Test Strips
$10/1 OneTouch UltraMini Blood Glucose Monitor
$2/1 Opti-Free RepleniSH, Express or PureMoist Multipurpose Solution, or Clear Care Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution
$5/1 Oxytrol for Women Overactive Bladder Patch
$2/1 Percogesic Pain Reliever
$2/1 Phazyme Anti-Gas
$2/1 Poise Hourglass Pads
$2/1 Profoot Insoles or Foot Care Item
$1/1 Purell Hand Sanitizer or Refill
$1/1 Raid Product Insect Control
$1/1 Revlon Eye Cosmetics or Contour Shadow Brush
$1/1 Revlon Lip Cosmetics
$3/2 Revlon Nail Color, Care or Appliques
$3/1 Revlon Pedi-Expert Pedicure Kit
$1/1 Robitussin, Dimetapp, Advil Congestion Relief Junior Strength, Infant or Children’s Fever Reducer
$3/1 Safecare AsthmaCare
$1/1 Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Treatment
$3/1 ScarAway Long Silicone Scar Sheets
$2/1 Scott Extra Soft Bath Tissue
$1/1 Scott Naturals Paper Towels
$1.50/2 Sensodyne Toothpaste or Fluoride Rinse
$1/1 Skinny Cow Chocolate Fudge Cones, Vanilla Sandwiches, or Nestle Lil’ Drums
$0.50/1 Studio 35 Beauty Nail Polish Remover or Pads
$1/1 Sunny Smile Bathroom Tissue or Paper Towels
15% off Sunscreen
$2/1 Systane Lubricant Eye Drops or Twin Pack
$10/1 Virgin Mobile Prepaid Cellphone Samsung Entro
$1/1 Viva Paper Towels
$4/1 Wal-Fex 24 Hour Allergy Relief
$5/1 Wal-itin or Wal-Zyr Allergy Relief
$3/1 Wal-Mucil Powder
$3/1 Wal-Zan 150 Acid Reducer
$3/1 Walgreens Acid Controller
$3/1 Walgreens Anti-Diarrheal Product
$2/1 Walgreens Antibacterial Assortment Adhesive Bandages
$10/1 Walgreens Blood Pressure Monitor
$1/1 Walgreens Chocolated Laxative
$2/1 Walgreens Cimetidine 200 Acid Reducer
$3/1 Walgreens Clear Soluble Fiber Powder
$2/1 Walgreens Daily Fiber and Probiotic
$3/1 Walgreens Diabetic MedicaliD Bracelet
$5/1 Walgreens Diabetic Nutritional Shakes
$3/1 Walgreens Gentle Laxative
$5/1 Walgreens International PhoneCard Plus
$2/1 Walgreens Mucus Relief
$1/2 Walgreens Nutritional Shake
$3/1 Walgreens Pre-Moistened Wash Gloves
$5/1 Walgreens Prenatal + DHA Dietary Supplement Daily System
$2/1 Walgreens Probiotic
$10/1 Walgreens Pulse Oximeter
$4/1 Walgreens Senna Tablets
$2/1 Walgreens SmoothLAX
$1/1 Walgreens Soothe Upset Stomach Reliever/Antidiarrheal
$3/1 Walgreens Stool Softener
$3/1 Well Beginnings Advantage Infant Formula or Premium Milk-Based Infant Formula
$5/1 Zostrix Diabetic Foot Pain Relief, Neuropathy or Joint & Arthritis Pain Relief Cream

Want more great deals at Walgreens? Check out the rest of the current deals at Walgreens that I have posted.

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

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