How To Choose Your First Cruise


Choosing your first cruise can be an exciting but sometimes overwhelming task. There are many cruise lines, ships, destinations, and itineraries to consider. How to choose your first cruise? This is a question we get asked quite a lot, so we’ve broken it down into some simple steps to follow.

 How To Choose Your First Cruise

Determine your budget

Decide how much you’re willing to spend on your cruise. Keep in mind that the initial cost may not cover everything, as you’ll need to factor in expenses like gratuities, excursions, drinks, and other onboard purchases.

Decide on the cruise duration

Cruises can vary in length from a few days to several weeks. Choose a duration that suits your schedule and preferences. If you’re not sure if cruising is for you, it might be best to consider a shorter sailing, such as a 2-night mini-cruise or a 5-to-7-night Norwegian Fjords itinerary.

Select a destination

Think about where you want to go. Do you prefer tropical beaches, historic cities, or scenic landscapes? Consider the climate and time of year when you plan to cruise, as some destinations are better suited for certain seasons.

Research cruise lines

Different cruise lines cater to different types of travellers. Some are known for their family-friendly atmosphere, while others focus on luxury or adventure. Read reviews, visit cruise line websites, and talk to our Cruise Experts to learn about the options available.

Choose a cruise line

Once you’ve done your research, select a cruise line that aligns with your preferences, budget, and destination. Consider factors like onboard amenities, dining options, entertainment, and the overall vibe of the cruise line.

Select a ship

Each cruise line has multiple ships, each with its own unique features and atmosphere. Research the ships that operate in your chosen destination and check for reviews and photos to get a sense of their onboard experience.

Review itineraries

Look at the cruise itineraries available for your chosen cruise line and destination. Pay attention to the ports of call, shore excursions, and activities offered at each stop. Ensure the itinerary matches your interests and what you want to experience.

Check departure ports

Determine where you’ll need to embark and disembark. It’s more convenient if the departure port is easily accessible from your home or a nearby airport. We have a selection of fly-cruise and no-fly cruise options available.

Cruise travel insurance

Cruise insurance provides peace of mind in case your plans change, and it can cover unforeseen events during your trip. We do NOT recommend you sail without a policy in place.

Book your cruise

Once you’ve made your decisions, contact our Cruise Experts and finally get the ball rolling on your perfect cruise. We’ll take you through the process step-by-step and in most cases, we are able to offer selected discounts and add-on packages. We can even include your flights and a pre-or-post-cruise hotel stay or land holiday.

Plan pre- and post-cruise activities

Depending on your cruise’s departure and arrival ports, you may want to explore the surrounding area before or after your cruise. Research and plan these additional travel activities if desired.

Pack wisely

Pack for your cruise based on the destination, weather, and activities you plan to participate in. Be sure to include any necessary travel documents, medications, and essentials.

Prepare for the cruise experience

Read up on what to expect during your cruise, including onboard dining options, dress codes, and any specific rules or guidelines from the cruise line.

Remember that the key to enjoying your first cruise is thorough research and planning. Tailor your choices to your preferences, and don’t hesitate to ask questions to ensure a smooth and enjoyable cruise experience.

You will also find useful information on our article about the 12 reasons why a cruise is an ideal holiday option.

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