Cruising is a very relaxing way of seeing the world. Not only does the ship chauffeur you around the world without you having to do any of the heavy lifting, you can also sit back and take advantage of some amazing facilities in the process. However, there are some great ways to make things even easier on yourself and streamline your experience from start to finish. Here are a few tips to help you put the sea in seamless.
Sail From The UK
Having to catch a flight to meet your ship at its departure point can add unnecessary stress to your holiday and mean that you can’t really start enjoying yourself until you touch down. However, choosing a cruise from the UK will mean you’ll have a smile on your face the moment you leave your home. You won’t need to worry about having to be there two hours early, there will be no frustrating delays and you won’t have that jaded feeling you often get after a flight.
In some instances, fly-cruise may be the only option, but there are even cruises to places like the Caribbean and Far East that sail from UK ports such as Southampton.
Book Excursions In Advance
One of the great things about cruising is that you get to choose from a fantastic range of shore excursions in each new port. However, as you may expect, the best activities will fill up pretty weeks before departure and so you’ll need to get in there quickly. Find out how long in advance you can reserve your place and book your favourites early to avoid disappointment.
Choose Your Cabin Carefully
There are various considerations that come in to play when it comes to your cabin and some of them may make or break your cruise. The position of your room is a big one. You probably won’t want to be near the noisy venues or engines, but you may choose to be close to the restaurants or other popular public areas. Opting for a balcony cabin can also make your cruise that much easier. This way you won’t feel like you’re cooped up and can take advantage of the outside space if the pool deck is too busy/noisy. Find a deck plan online and pinpoint your preferred options ready for when you book.
Rise Early On Port Days
Port days are usually very busy during a cruise, as everyone tries to make the most of their time in the latest destination. This is even more the case when the ship anchors at a port rather than sails right into the harbour. An anchor port is one where the vessel cannot reach the shore and so passengers have to climb aboard the lifeboats to be taken ashore. Queues for these tenders can be quite long and so standing in them can eat into the time you have in these wonderful towns and cities. However, if you decide to get up early, you’ll be one of the first down for breakfast, one of the first aboard the tenders and will maximise your time in port.
Know Everything Your Ship Can Offer
The time between booking your cruise and the departure date provides the perfect opportunity to research everything there is to know about the ship you’ll be sailing on. See where the best places to eat might be, discover all the things there are to do in the evening, and understand which things will cost you extra and which are included in your fare. You don’t want to get to your final evening and realise that you could have been eating for free in a restaurant which you assumed had a surcharge. Exploring the ship is all part of the fun but it’s always good to know what to expect.
Now that you know how to make your cruising experience as seamless as possible, it’s time to book your next holiday. We can help you find the perfect itinerary and make the most of your time at sea.