Everything you ever wanted to know about cruise holidays
To wake up, open your curtains and look out over a gorgeous deep blue sea …. Aaaaaah!
What a joy to visit multiple cities and attractions, but only have to pack and unpack your suitcase once! And that’s saying nothing of the wide range of entertainment options, shops, restaurants, fitness facilities and spas that’s always right at your fingertips. Indeed, a cruise ship can truly be heaven on earth. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it? Read on for some tips and tricks if you, too, would like to book a cruise trip but have no clue where to begin.
Pick your ship
When it comes to cruises, choosing thankfully doesn’t mean losing. There are, however, so many different cruise companies that you should really take some time to decide which cruise is right for you. The different companies offer many different destinations and travel dates. There are also huge differences between individual ships and the holiday experiences they offer. Some cruises were carefully designed to be family-friendly, while others are targeted at adults without children. It’s even possible to go on themed cruises. This means it’s well worth spending some time browsing so you can make a well-thought-out choice. The Holiday Fair can moreover help you make a choice, since no less than nine operators will be in attendance.
Choosing a room
Once you’ve settled on a cruise, you’re ready to make another important choice. First, you need to realise that cruise ships offer many different kinds of rooms. For instance, you could opt for an inside or outside cabin. The different room categories tend to greatly vary in price, so you’ll have to decide what’s most important for you. Are cabins just for sleeping as far as you’re concerned? Or would you rather retreat to a room that has a balcony and ocean view? Finally, most cruises also offer many different types of suites. So choosing a room is the second factor you’ll have to consider.
Ready, set, pack!
Cruises are the ideal getaway for travellers who don’t like to pack. Even though you’ll visit lots of destinations, you will only have to pack and unpack your suitcase once. You’ll still have to come prepared for different weather conditions though. You for instance may fly to your departure port, which could be a lot warmer than your country of departure. The weather conditions could also greatly vary from one stop to the next. So layers are your friend! And be sure not to forget to pack a cabin bag with the bare essentials. Because on these kinds of large ships, it can sometimes take a while before your suitcase makes it way to your room.
Planning is winning
It’s impossible to spend a dull moment on a cruise ship (unless, of course, you want to have some idle time). Passengers can choose between countless activities at pretty much every moment of the day. A lot of activities can also be booked in advance. So be sure to browse the programme before departure so you can reserve the activities you absolutely don’t want to miss. This will avoid unnecessary on-board disappointments. All that’s left to do now is kick back and relax!