As holidays go, cruising has a unique dynamic. There’s no need to think about carting your luggage around or trying to figure out foreign public transport timetables, for everything you need is on the ship and you’re not restricted by baggage allowances. From the moment you set foot on board, you will be given 5-star treatment at every juncture throughout your trip. Anyone who has been on a cruise will tell you that the rave reviews enjoyed by cruise holidays are justified.
Even the most luxurious holidays require effort to plan properly, though, and if you haven’t been on a cruise before, there are some aspects you’ll need to think about that don’t apply to other holidays when it comes to your first cruise. For example, you and your travelling party will be sharing a cabin for multiple days, which could uncover some bad habits that irk you or others. Cruise ships also have a clothing etiquette that, come evening time, you’re expected to follow. Even if the weather is picture-perfect glorious, you best put on some formal clothes when sitting down to dinner in the main dining room.
The cruise line you select will depend on the demographics of your travelling party. If it’s just you and your significant other intending to enjoy some foodie luxury, Oceania or P&O is a sound choice. If you’re bringing young children along, the activities on board a Disney or Royal Caribbean ship will keep them more than entertained. If you’re going it alone, the chilled vibe of a Fred. Olsen or Norwegian cruise is a good option.
The Water Filter Men have produced the infographic below which contains some helpful tips for first-time cruise planners. By taking the time to think about every aspect of the cruise, you can be sure of enjoying a holiday like none other.
Main photograph courtesy of Fred. Olsen