Cruises have come a long way since their 1970s heyday, when utilitarian styling and cramped accommodation saw a predominantly retired clientele enjoy the stately voyage from port to port.
In this article, we explore some common myths about cruises and share some top tips for a smooth voyage.
1. Stuffy and outdated
Today’s ships are little short of floating resorts, carefully designed for optimal passenger convenience and comfort, each one styled to offer a unique experience.
2. Only for pensioners
State of the art cruise liners now offer the very best combination of travel and entertainment. With ships navigating the globe, from the Caribbean to the Norwegian fjords, there really is something for everyone. Families in particular are well catered for, both onboard and ashore.
3. Boring long voyages
Sailing is typically done overnight, so you wake up in an entirely new location revived and ready to explore. Onboard activities, bars and restaurants will keep you entertained when at sea and there really is something to cater for everyone.
4. Little choice of food
The standard of food onboard is unparalleled. With so many options for dining and drinking it is difficult, if not impossible, to take everything in on one cruise.
Diane Ibson, a personal travel advisor, explains what makes a modern cruise so special: “Everything – there is no other holiday that allows you to unpack once and then see so much of the world.
“The food is consistently brilliant, the staff are wonderful and there is so much to see and do that you will never be bored. It’s an incredible way to travel.”
Diane’s top tips to get the most from your cruise
- Set up your personal account as soon as you have booked.
- Go online and book the excursions that take your fancy – the best ones will fill up fast.
- Join online forums and Facebook groups, there is usually one for every cruise.
- Food is all inclusive on board – however some restaurants require you to book beforehand, and some come with a supplement charge.
- Buy a drinks package beforehand as sometimes the price of drinks can be a little high.
- Luggage isn’t an issue if you aren’t flying beforehand – you can take whatever you like.
- A cabin pack will be in your room when you first arrive, this will include:
- Map of ship
- Cruise compass (booklet)
- Excursion desk location
- Meal details
- Showtimes and entertainment information
- Help points/booking point
- A cruise compass will be left in your cabin each day, showing you the next day’s itinerary.
- The dress code for the next day will be easy to find – so you don’t have to worry about turning up to a formal dinner in your shorts.
- The boat will leave without you if you are not back at the set time. “Don’t think for one minute it will wait – I have had a couple of close calls in my time,” added Diane!