WHAT’S NOT IN THE BROCHURE

Cruise ship se­crets only an ex­pert will know

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION FRANCE - AN­DREA BLACK

Head­ing on a cruise this sea­son? You’ve read the leaflets and scrolled through the web­sites but there are some se­crets only ded­i­cated cruise travel agents and sea­soned cruis­ers will know. Here they let us in on their best cruise hacks.

FIRST-TIME CRUISER? BOOK A MID-SHIP CABIN

While first-time cruis­ers are busy de­cid­ing whether to book a bal­cony state­room or save on an in­side cabin, they of­ten might not con­sider which ac­tual part of the ship they should be book­ing their state­room.

Cruiseco mem­ber and Dis­cov­ery Travel Cen­tre man­ager Andy Web­ber rec­om­mends a cabin to­wards the cen­tre of the ship (mid­ship) and on a mid­dle or lower deck. “There is less move­ment, which is bet­ter if you’re not sure whether you are sus­cep­ti­ble to mo­tion sick­ness,” he says.

There’s an­other rea­son to book mid­ship ac­cord­ing to Brett Dudley, founder and chair­man at ecruis­ing: “They’re ideally lo­cated for easy ac­cess to ei­ther end of the ship.”

CON­SIDER OR­GAN­IS­ING YOUR OWN PORT EX­CUR­SIONS

Since ship-or­gan­ised port ex­cur­sions can be on the ex­pen­sive side, Robyn

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