3. What activities do you want aboard ship?
Most ships have dining and entertainment. If you’re vacation plans include sunning on the deck, cocktail in hand, they can probably accommodate you. If you’re looking for adventurous shore trips or the chance to go scuba diving at a port of call, make sure those side trips are offered.

4. When do you want to travel?
Ships that depart from northern ports head south in the winter. If you’re not near a departure part you’ll have to plan on additional travel costs. Ships also reposition throughout the year (and offer repositioning cruises) as they move from summer to winter cruising. Traveling the Caribbean in hurricane season can result in missed ports and trips cut short by the weather. And even in the Caribbean, a winter cruise can be chilly and rainy.