WHAT­EVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT

With kids…? Bud­get…? Top dol­lar…? We’ve got the cruise for you

Essentials - - In This Issue -

Car­ni­val, the world’s largest cruise com­pany, was so wor­ried about peo­ple book­ing the wrong cruise that it ran an on­line quiz to try and es­tab­lish the per­son­al­ity of cruis­ers, so that it could then rec­om­mend the right brand to suit in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments. It was a good idea and a bit of fun, but in order to get it right, you do have to in­vest a bit more time and ef­fort than it takes to fill in a ten-minute Q&A, be­cause ev­ery cruise ex­pe­ri­ence is dif­fer­ent.

THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 60 CRUISE COM­PA­NIES OP­ER­AT­ING 400-PLUS SHIPS OF VASTLY DIF­FER­ENT SHAPES AND SIZES GO­ING TO MUL­TI­PLE DES­TI­NA­TIONS CAR­RY­ING MUL­TI­PLE NA­TION­AL­I­TIES AROUND THE WORLD. THERE ARE EVEN SPE­CIAL­IST TRAVEL AGENTS WHOSE JOB IS ONLY TO SELL CRUISES. THERE'S A HANDY LIST OF AGENTS AT CRUISEEXPERTS.ORG WHO ARE TRAINED AND AC­CRED­ITED BY CLIA (CRUISE LINES IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AS­SO­CI­A­TION) UK & IRE­LAND. THERE ARE ALSO MANY ON­LINE CRUISE FO­RUMS WHERE PRE­VI­OUS PAS­SEN­GERS SHARE THEIR EX­PE­RI­ENCES – CRUISECRITIC.COM AND CRUIS­ING. CO.UK ARE BOTH WORTH BROWS­ING FOR HON­EST FIRST-HAND VIEWS AND RE­VIEWS.

THE KEY, HOW­EVER, IS TO NAR­ROW DOWN YOUR SEARCH BY FIRST ASK­ING YOUR­SELF WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR CRUISE HOL­I­DAY. SIZE IS EV­ERY­THING, SO DE­CIDE ON BIG SHIP OR SMALL, LUX­URY OR BUD­GET, BRI­TISH OR COS­MOPOLI­TAN AT­MOS­PHERE AND, FI­NALLY, FLYCRUISE OR NO-FLY. AF­TER YOU’VE DONE THAT, CHECK OUT THE FOL­LOW­ING EX­PERT REC­OM­MEN­DA­TIONS TO

FIND YOUR PER­FECT CRUISE.

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