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Whether you’re about to head off on your first cruise or just thinking about it, tips will help you find the right holiday on water — and enjoy it
people easily flow over several such markets, not all will feel they are getting their best value-for-money holiday if on the wrong ship or line.
For example, some cruises are geared for family fun, some are adultsonly, some are affordable luxury, some are super luxury with prices to match.
Timing matters. Shoulder seasons and repositioning cruises, where ships head from the northern hemisphere for the southern summer or vice versa, can have amazing deals to fill cabins. Long voyages such as a trans-Pacific voyage tend to attract people with time and money to spend – retirees. or in a brochure but you really only get to know a ship by walking it. A great time is if your luggage has not arrived at your cabin when you board.
After thoroughly checking out your cabin, instead of fretting walk all the public decks end to end (obviously avoid the cabin-only decks) to get your bearings. Many large ships have two or three upper decks and two or three lower decks that are the main centres of action. Get back to your cabin, unpack as by now your luggage has arrived, then head up to the pool deck for a champagne and rock on with the sail away party! the excitement of a great holiday, a new trip and a brand new cruise experience. New friends, a sail-away party, music and a drink or three can leave you open to embarrassment if you end up dancing on a piano. Cruise ship security will pounce and it is not a cool look for the rest of the trip.
Ditto with food – there are loads of choices and delicious treats on board but don’t overdo it, and perhaps balance it with gym sessions or a daily walk around the promenade deck.
Some people come on as passengers and leave as freight – be sensible.