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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

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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.

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