Contrary to what some people think there is a cruise out there for everyone, it’s not just for ‘elderly people’ and you do not have to get dressed up every evening in fact most cruise lines only require smart-casual attire.
There are resort-scale mega ships for families and active couples, smaller yacht size ships for a more personal experience, exploration itineraries for the adventurous,destination-led cruises that can form a part of a larger bespoke itinerary, themed cruises and river cruises.
With so much choice it can prove difficult to ensure you choose the right one. Like people, each cruise line has its own personality, its own unique approach to providing the best possible experience for those who understand and appreciate what is on offer. What suits one does not, thankfully, suit everyone. So where do youbegin? Talk to like-minded friends who
have cruised several times. Cruise ship and destination guidebooks, such as Berlitz,will help you appreciate the difference between brands, attend a cruise event* where the major cruise providers exhibit, or seek out an independent cruise specialist who has no tied allegiance to any specific brand.
In 2017 the British cruise market grew to just short of two million passengers. One of the biggest growth areas was multigenerational
travel or, put more simply where grandparents take their immediate family and grandchildren on one big family holiday. Chosen carefully the ship should offer a variety of accommodations and activities that span the age spectrum with the added security of being in a very safe environment.
Value-for-money is difficult to beat with accommodation, meals and entertainment included on most cruises. Get your timing
right and you can get yourself a free bar tab as well with some promotional offers including drinks packages! The higher-end cruise lines may also include gratuities and selected excursions and, other benefits such as spacious suite accommodation as standard and a higher staff-to-guest ratio, can actually afford a better deal than some of the bigger and well-known brands.
Cruising as part of a larger holiday can add a different dimension. A holiday to Florida offers some of the best value cruise options to the Bahamas or the Caribbean.From Dubai there are weekly sailings to countries, bordering the Gulf of Arabia. New England in the fall continuing south to the sun in Miami. Add an Alaska cruise to a rail trip through the Canadian Rockies or take in the Far East and beyond as you sail between Hong Kong and Singapore in luxury! Transatlantic sailings, or repositioning cruises provide a relaxing, and often good value means of getting to, or from your holiday destination.
River cruising continues to boom. Not just the familiar rivers of Europe with The Danube, The Seine and The Rhine but Vietnam and Cambodia, Russia and paddlewheelers plying the mighty Mississippi. A River cruise is a completely different experience where towns and scenery float on by and you usually stop moor up right in the heart of everything.
Themed cruises include golf, wine, cookery and various genres of music – just like a floating festival. Some ships
moor up for the Grand Prix at Monaco or Abu Dhabi. Expedition cruises will take you to the unspoiled reached of Antarctica and the more isolated treasures of our planet such as the Galapagos Islands. The Northern Lights is another spectacular land and sea spectacular.
The most important advice is to do your research carefully. The right cruise for you is out there somewhere.