WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT
With kids…? Budget…? Top dollar…? We’ve got the cruise for you
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.