Advice on Cruises

Advice on Cruises

For the young and the old...

What used to be the domain of the retired and possibly elderly has fast become far more attractive to a younger target market. Cruises offer an amazing range of onboard activities and visit some incredible destinations. So if you are of the younger generation don't dismiss the idea of going on a cruise with your partner, family or mates. Choosing a cruise can be overwhelming but we have put together some advice to ensure that your trip is plain sailing.

Choosing a cruise

For most, booking a holiday abroad is familiar territory. Selecting plane tickets, hotel rooms and resort locations can feel like second nature when planning your getaway.

Although most of us will know someone who has been on a cruise, far fewer have actually been on one themselves. With more than 70 cruise lines and over 350 ships available, it’s easy to get lost in the vast array of choices and options out there.

Cruise advice

What are the benefits of cruises?
Think of a cruise like a one-stop holiday shop (that floats!). Planning itineraries and individual components of a vacation isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and with cruises this is all taken care of for you. Cruises differ considerably but once you have chosen the one that’s right for you, simply sit back and relax!

Constantly changing scenery, a host of exotic locations and the ultimate sea-views are just a few of the benefits of being on a cruise. The ship boasts all the facilities you will need, keeping you well fed, entertained and relaxed.

Before booking take a careful look into what is included in your deal. Usually all the basics will be, but drinks, spa treatments, excursions and gratuities may be chargeable.

Try to match your choice of cruise to your personality. Ships vary enormously in their atmosphere, so if you are looking for a calm, tranquil trip consider an adults-only cruise. Alternatively, there are plenty of options out there to cater for families who are seeking a lively vibe with plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied.

Locations and departure points
A distinct advantage of cruises is that you can start from a port that’s local to you, meaning that your holiday can begin way before you have reached your first destination.

When planning your trip, be sure to take the seasons into consideration. The Caribbean is gorgeous for most of the year, as are many destinations in the Mediterranean region, but for other parts of the world there are specific seasons for cruise ship travel.

For Alaska or northern Europe, the season is between May and September; for expedition cruises to Antarctica, it’s November until February and for south-east Asia and South America, it’s during the British winter.

The standard length of a cruise is seven days although trips which are considerably longer than this are also common. If you are embarking on your first cruise, a ‘taster’ option may be perfect. These usually last two to five nights - just long enough for you to have a break and test out your sea legs!

This is a hot topic of discussion in relation to cruises, with many worrying that their holiday will be blighted by nausea. The good news is that many of the modern ships feature the latest technology to make sure that your journey is smooth, even if the sea is not. There are also many other techniques to help combat seasickness such as over-the-counter medications or patches.