Make travel to par­adise comfy

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL - BY Matthew Ma­honey

CRUIS­ING, what’s not to love? Un­pack once, a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy on­board and travel to won­der­ful new des­ti­na­tions.

When it comes to cruis­ing, I am an ad­vo­cate for this style of hol­i­day. What I love most about it is­there is some­thing for ev­ery­one to do.

Whether your in­ter­ests lie in tak­ing a much-needed break by the pool, see­ing a show on board, to get­ting a lit­tle more ad­ven­tur­ous and go­ing rock­climb­ing or ice skat­ing, it’s all there.

If you are a first-time cruiser I def­i­nitely have a few tips when set­ting sail on your cruise hol­i­day. It all starts with book­ing and se­lect­ing your cab­ins. When se­lect­ing your cabin, it is best to aim for a cabin in the mid-ship area. This avoids the po­ten­tial front rock­i­ness when there is a bit of weather and avoids the rear cab­ins where there might be en­gine noise.

Ad­di­tion­ally if you can man­age to pay the ex­tra charge (some­times only an ex­tra $50) for a bal­cony room, take it. I loved the bal­cony cabin’s nat­u­ral light and the op­por­tu­nity to watch the sea. Ad­di­tion­ally, when com­ing into des­ti­na­tion ports, I loved sit­ting on the bal­cony.

On the day you set sail, opt for an early em­barka­tion time. Not only can you get your­self all set­tled into ‘cruise’ mode but it gives you an ex­tra day to en­joy the ship. I love the eas­i­ness of do­ing a cruise, es­pe­cially the en­ter­tain­ment.

Be­ing a bit of a foodie, I re­ally en­joy the va­ri­ety of the food and drinks. How­ever, just be aware of what your cruis­ing pack­age in­cludes. It is easy to chalk up a big bill and get a nasty sur­prise when you get home. Speak with your travel con­sul­tant about pre-pur­chas­ing drink pack­ages and some­times your cruise fare will in­clude these for free.

I would rec­om­mend cruis­ing for ev­ery­one. It’s great for fam­i­lies and kids, groups of friends, hon­ey­moons, girls’ trips or boys’ trips – cruis­ing re­ally does cater for ev­ery­one. If I have con­vinced you to try out your first cruise or you want to or­gan­ise your next cruise hol­i­day, come in and see me at Flight Cen­tre Gympie or phone me on 1300 289 819.

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More­ton Is­land of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties for diving.

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