[caption id="attachment_58" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Carnival Cruise Line's Ecstacy"][/caption] If you are looking for the perfect way to spend your holiday filled with beach, sun, water, and relaxation, you can look no further than a tropical cruise. Taking to a liner and spending your days lounging in your favourite bikini swimwear or hitting up the midnight buffet is one of the best ways to get a sea faring adventure and escape from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. What's more is that you can choose to make your holiday a more romantic one with just you and a special someone or instead bring the whole family for an excellent way to bond and create lasting memories. Yet before you get all packed and hop aboard, there are a few things you need to know first. First you want to pick a cruise that will supply you with plenty of activities while on board and also that will be stopping off at places that interest you. Find port and city stops on the agenda that are in line with your idea of a worthwhile holiday and that will give you ample time to suit up in your swimwear and spend time in the crashing waves and sandy beaches. Yet because much of your time will be on the ship you want to make sure that there are entertainment options, good dining choices, and other ways to spend your recreational time. You then want to plan your budget and from there you can choose to go on an appropriate level of cruise standard, first class, and luxury. The standard cruises will offer a big liner and plenty of other company on board; they will be more inclined to have more modern facilities, over the top acts, and plenty of food and buffets. These are great for families as there are many diversions for the kids to enjoy and are also easier on the pocket book. Fist class cruises will still come with a big liner but will have fewer people and will cost a bit more. There will be more intimate settings and cruise fare food; these are suitable for smaller families, a pair, or even if you are going at it alone. Finally, luxury cruises will be best for those lucky couples either on a honeymoon or looking for all the pampering one would entail. Boat sizes will vary but the rooms will be bigger, the amenities will be first rate, and there may be offerings such as a health spa, gym, and balconies with the rooms. Any way that you go, when you are heading out on a tropical cruise you can expect that your suitcase should contain plenty of bikinis and other like minded swimsuits, sunscreen, some casual day time clothes, as well as a few nice outfits for those special nights out. Once you have picked your liner and package you will then be treated to days and nights of pure ecstasy atop the pristine blue waters of the ocean.