5 things to know if you’re thinking of a cruise holiday
If you’re keen to embark on a cruise but have no idea what to expect, how to do it or what to organise, here’s the quick cruising 101.
#1 CRUISES ATTRACT A DIVERSE RANGE OF GUESTS
Times have changed people, and in 2017 there is a cruise to suit every style of traveller; whatever age bracket or desired activity level you fall into. No matter what you are looking for there is an option for you; from ocean to river; relaxation to luxury, to adventure off the beaten path or having fun with the family.
#2 USE A TRAVEL AGENT
Of course we’re going to suggest that. But in all honesty, heed our advice because it does make sense to use a cruise expert, especially if you’re new to cruising. Due to the extensive range of cruise companies on the market, you really will benefit from someone breaking every option down for you. You’ll learn about which Cruise Line is best for you and what type of cruise is right for you.
#3 ACTIVITIES ARE EXTENSIVE
The activities are seemingly never-ending. You can (if you so wish) be busy from morning until midnight. In 2017 cruise ships are equipped with ice rinks, real lawn croquet & golf, rope courses and water slides. Even the smaller river cruises boast wine and cheese tastings, fascinating history lectures from well-respected historians and opportunities to enjoy unique local experiences. And when you do head ashore you often have access to exclusive experiences that give you some great stories to share.
#4 CRUISES ARE EXCEPTIONAL VALUE FOR MONEY
Consider all the activities we’ve mentioned above, and then the never-ending supply of amazing food available on tap. Then there are the sheer number of ports you’ll call at; the places you’ll visit and the multiple destinations you’ll see on your cruise – all rolled up into a price that won’t make your retinas stand on stalks.
#5 CRUISE HOLIDAYS AREN’T SCHOOL TRIPS
Meaning, you’re not going to be in trouble if you don’t partake. Nothing on-board is compulsory and yet we know (because we asked) that those who have never cruised before presume it’s highly structured and regimented. To the contrary, cruises – big and small – are incredibly relaxed. In fact, they’re designed that way. The nature of the game is to do as you please. Don’t fancy an excursion? Don’t do it. Feel like staying in bed until mid-morning? Go for your life. No one is coming knocking at your door at 9.01am with a clipboard and a disappointed frown on their face. This is your holiday, so do whatever suits your own interests and preferences, even if that means you do nothing at all.