What’s better than a Komodo cruise for a summer voyage to the idyllic Flores and Komodo National Park? Picture a tropical archipelago with high, brown mountainous lands, glittering soft beaches, and luminous ocean. Sometimes, lines of rosy-tinted beaches peek shyly from hidden shores. Now, throw in the prehistoric, venomous, and largest lizard in the world which creeps among the drylands. You got Flores, one of the most idyllic destinations in Indonesia. And this type of holiday is best spent in the comfort of a cruise.
A cruise is built for those who really want to experience the “live aboard” (literally living in the ship) to the fullest. It’s not built for speed—you might want to opt for speedboat for that. A sailing trip with Komodo cruise is not only about a vessel to reach destinations. It is meant to take the journey itself as an enjoyable part of the adventure itself. If this is your first time sailing with a cruise, take note to these tips to make your cruising holiday pleasant.
Determine Your Type of Holiday
With so much gorgeous Komodo cruise options, you can choose one that really suits your type of vacancy. If you are traveling with a partner or having a honeymoon trip, you might want to take a cruise with plenty of privacy. A fancier cruise with a touch of romantic design will be a good plus for a couple holiday. After all, you want this trip to make you all lovey-dovey with your partner, don’t you?
Traveling with family (and little children) will require a bigger room to accommodate all the family members. Better to take a ship with family rooms; the one with one queen bed and bunk beds for the kiddos. For an adventure with the gang, a luxury might not sit in top priority. A cruise with bunk beds, plenty of lounge spaces and party area will make a great trip. The type of your holiday matters to ship choosing—from luxury cruise to the budget-friendly one.
Speaking of rooms, pay extra attention when you choose a cabin. Especially if you are prone to seasickness during a sailing trip. Know that the higher a cabin, the harder it rocks. They do, however, provide the best view of the surrounding ocean. For a more stable stay, choose cabins in the lower and central part of the Komodo cruise.
A Style of Live
Do you want to wake up to sunrise? Or would you prefer to get closer to the social hub? All this little preference matter when you choose a cabin in the cruise. If you are very social, for example, you might want to have easy access to the lounge, where the crowds are.
Wooden Ship vs Cruise
A lot of travel agencies back in Labuan Bajo confuse a wooden ship with the cruise—think that they are interchangeable. A lot of travelers fell into the misguidance and ended up with cramped wooden boats instead of a neat cruise. A wooden boat and low-budget liveaboard to Komodo are not the comfiest in the market. The cabins are usually just enough to spread a bed and pile bunkbeds right on top of it. The narrow decks have little space left from long tables and chairs. Sometimes, they just arrange the meal on the floor! Know the difference.
Type of Cabins
Just like hotels, cruises has its own terms when it comes to the type of their ‘rooms’. Almost every decent Komodo cruise will feature one of these types or combine several of them on board. There are four types of cabins that you need to know:
It’s the smallest cabin in the ship, usually located at the lowest level or in the middle of the ship. Expect to find no windows. It’s also the cheapest of all room—perfect for budget travelers who still want to have quality service of a cruise.
- The Outside
This room is located on the side of the ship. It has a small window or porthole, so you can peek at what’s happening on the outside. Sometimes also known as ocean view, it’s also a little bit bigger than “inside” type.
- The Balcony
Just as the name suggests, this room features a balcony where you can take fresh air without coming to public space. It’s great for travelers who want a little luxury and privacy. You can enjoy the beauty of the ocean right on the doorstep.
- The Suite
Sometimes it’s only found in the most luxurious Komodo Cruise. The suite allows separated living areas and sleeping station, making the journey much more comfortable.