4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Small Ship for your NYC Dinner Cruise
Small cruise ships a number of advantages over larger cruise lines when you’re planning an intimate NYC dinner cruise for you and your partner, or even your family. While there may be limitations in choices, this may be exactly what you need for the few hours you’ll be aboard the ship. Read on to find out how to best prepare for a jolly good time in a small cruise ship (about a few hundred passengers or less).
- Number of passengers
Choose smaller ships if you don’t do well with crowds. This is good for people that prefer to make meaningful connections while on the ship. Bear in mind that mishaps can be magnified on a small ship, but the advantage is that dinner cruises last only a few hours. Small ships are great for more intimate gatherings and more personalized service, which makes them ideal for a romantic evening getaway.
- Dining arrangements
Smaller ships usually have one main dining area, though you can find out whether you’re allowed to eat elsewhere e.g. on the deck. Depending on size, you may have alternative eateries which may or may not cost extra. For dinner cruises NYC, you’ll have your menu options available at the point of booking. If you have any special requests, this is the time to mention to the staff. More personalized service includes more flexibility e.g. if you need a recipe altered for medical reasons.
Typically, there will be a few entertainment options to cater for different tastes of passengers on board. Often, you’ll have a big show featuring some main act: theatre, magic, family karaoke, standup comedy etc. You can speak to your booking agent to know the entertainment schedule so that you plan ahead for a special night. Early booking in necessary if you want to get a slot for any big acts.
You may not be too interested in activities especially if you sign up for a shorter NYC dinner cruise. 90-minute cruises have just enough time for dinner and maybe a little star-gazing before it’s time to disembark. If you’re onboard with your family on a longer cruise, however, you might like to find out which activities are provided for families and children.
Some cruise lines have special family nights e.g. make-your-own-taco/sandwich nights, family karaoke nights etc. In addition, you can leave the kids in a supervised recreation facility so that you and your spouse can have a bit of fun alone. This is one thing you’re not likely to get on a major cruise ship, since there may not be enough staffers to watch over 1,000 children! Be sure to find out what kids can do, alone or with you if you’re planning a family outing.
Small dinner cruises NYC are ideal for intimate, romantic getaways as well as meaningful family outings. By planning in advance and asking the right questions, you can give your spouse or family tons of treasured memories even in that small ship.