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Taking a cruise has always been a popular way to see the world, and every year thousands of us head off for our very first taste of cruise life.
If you’re thinking about trying a cruise, it can be a bit daunting if you’re not sure where to start. So we’ve compiled some of our top tips for first-time cruisers when planning their trip.
Unlike flying, planning a cruise is not just a matter of choosing your destination. Every cruise line, and sometimes each ship, caters to a different type of holidaymaker. Some ships will be full of revellers or families, while others will have a much more sedate mood. You should always research your chosen destination, cruise line and ship to ensure it’s the best fit for you.
There are usually a lot of activities to do on a cruise ship, but plenty of the passengers will want to take part in them. If you want to avoid disappointment, plan what you want to try, and pre-book before you even leave the UK. Booking means you’ll know ahead of time that there will be a space for you on your chosen activity.
This also applies to excursions off the ship at the destination ports. It’s always worth researching the ports beforehand, so you’re not missing out. Make sure you get the most out of every stop on your trip.
While bringing a carry-on bag when we fly is second nature, only a few of us think to bring one on a cruise. Given the considerable size of modern cruise ships, some cabins may not be ready as soon as you board, and sometimes your luggage may arrive after you do. You can avoid some discomfort by making sure you bring hand luggage with you. Pack the basics, such as toiletries, chargers and books, and a swimming costume if you want to use the pool or sunbathe.
While at first glance, all of the cabins, or staterooms as they’re commonly known, might be very similar, there are subtle differences which can make a world of difference. For example, if you’re worried about suffering from sea sickness, select a cabin in the middle of the ship, on a lower deck, as these experience less motion.
You should also study a map of the ship and pick a room close to the areas in which you plan to spend most of your time. Cruise ships can be huge, so reducing travel time means you can make the most of your days.
Part of the attraction of a cruise is that they’re different from most other types of holiday. This also means that there are unique events that can only occur on a cruise, which may not be covered under standard Travel Insurance.
For any cruise you need Cruise Travel Insurance, which in addition to covering the usual things such as medical costs, lost baggage or cancellation, will also cover you in the event of some cruise-specific complications.
With this advice, you can ensure everything is shipshape before you leave for your introductory cruise trip. It might start a love which lasts a lifetime.
Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance ExpertLast Updated: 28 February 2023
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