5 things to know if you’re think­ing of a cruise hol­i­day

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CRUISING -

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.

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