If you are thinking about taking a cruise for the very first time, they are a few things you should take into consideration. First of all If you can afford to take a hotel-based vacation, you can afford to take a cruise vacation. There are cruises available at all price ranges - from budget to luxury - and all represent perhaps the best value for your vacation dollar. Your cruise price includes your cabin, all meals (including the midnight buffet!), entertainment, parties and, of course, all transportation between all the ports on your itinerary. On most ships, alcoholic beverages and optional shore excursions are not included in the basic price. Never! Think of a cruise ship as a floating resort on par with any Las Vegas mega hotel. On-board activities begin at dawn and go into the wee hours of the night. The scenery is constantly changing, and every port is filled with new and exciting opportunities for exploration. All cruises now require proof of citizenship. On some itineraries, a certified copy of your birth certificate and a driver's license or government-issued photo I.D. are sufficient, on others a passport is required. Visas may also be required on the more exotic itineraries. Your cruise counselor will advise you on documents you will need depending on your itinerary. Vacations To Go at www.vacationstogo sells cruises that range from 3-night weekend escapes to 110-night, around-the-world voyages. You also need to check out the cruise ship ratings for all of the world's major cruise ships. After you have done all your homework you will now be able to make and educated choice so that you can enjoy and have fun on cruise ship of your choice and budget. Bon Voyage!!!!!