first time cruisers
Get the most out of your cruise experience with these five smooth sailing tips
1 Which cruise line is the best for me?
Your choice of cruise line will depend on your tastes and personality. Love art or history? There are cruise ships with experts onboard to school you in the daily port sites. Looking for something that will keep the kids entertained? The range of family entertainment on ships, from surfing to dodgem cars, keeps growing. Love adventure? Expedition ships explore the North and South Poles. There’s a cruise line for every desire.
2 Where are the best cabins on the ship?
There are cabin types to satisfy almost any budget. But it’s where your cabin is that’s important. For a smoother ride and the convenience of being closer to stairwells and lifts on larger ships, choose a cabin located as close to the middle of the ship as possible.
3 Complete the pre-departure checklist online
Once booked, make sure you have all documents with you for check-in, including your passport. Log into your cruise account and complete pre-departure tasks from home, like printing off your boarding passes and luggage tags. You can also add credit card details, dietary requirements, or even book a table at a restaurant. Don’t forget travel insurance.
4 Pre-book your shore excursions
Shore excursions include your transport and the expertise of a local tour guide. Review and pre-book shore tours online, as some tours book out quickly. If you’re happy to go it alone, taxis are usually standing by at the cruise terminal, but check in advance the distance from the port to your destination.
5 Where can a cruise take me?
New cruise itineraries are added every season. Whether it’s Asia or Europe, North or South America – even the Russian Far East – all of these destinations make for a great cruise destination.