Cruise holidays are increasing in popularity – you have the regular cruisers, and many trying a cruise holiday for the first time. So how do you get the right cruise for you?
Booking Cruise holidays yourself on line can be quite a formidable task, with so many cruise line operators offering different types of cruise experiences on different cruise liners – large and small – formal and informal - where do you start?
Get Experienced Advice from Dragonfly Traveller, your local Northampton travel agent
Our first piece of advice is to not waste your time trying to do this yourself online unless you are a long term cruiser and know what you are looking for. This is where we come in. If you talk to P&O Cruise – they will sell you one of their cruises which might not be right for you, so get an independent but experienced view.
We will endeavour to get the right Caribbean or River Cruise that suits you. Our experienced eyes can easily compare Cruise Operators and look across all of them for the best deals.
Cruise Holiday Packages, Gratuities, Speciality Restaurants & Shore Excursions
For the more inexperienced cruiser, all the packages on what is included or not can be a little overwhelming to say the least: wi-fi, drinks, gratuities – what is included? What should you include?
Our advice is go for the pre-booked drinks packages, wi-Fi and gratuities – as these elements can really rack up the costs of your cruise if you don’t. If you pay upfront, you don’t then have to worry about them and paying for these types of services when you are on the cruise will be expensive. Norwegian Cruise Line, for example, have been one of the first to do “All Inclusive” packages so you don’t have to worry about any of this.
In order for you can eat where you want to when on your cruise – make sure you book the speciality restaurants in advance – if not before your cruise, certainly at the start! These restaurants get very busy, and you may therefore miss out. By booking shore excursions in advance, you are more likely to get on the excursion than leaving it later when the excursions become fully booked.
Booking with Dragonfly Traveller takes the worry out of this for you, we can make these bookings on your behalf, allowing you to simply turn up and enjoy the experiences.
Our top tips for choosing your perfect cabins on a cruise ship
Most of the main Cruise Liners nowadays are fairly resilient to the effects of rough seas. However, if you want to be certain – choose a mid-ships cabin. If you’re looking for a quiet cabin, steer clear of cabins near the lifts!
If you have chosen the cruise that is right for you because it only has short periods of time at sea and many port stop-offs – then don’t waste your money on upgraded cabins. For cruise that has longer periods at sea – an upgraded cabin might be a good idea.
Should you invest in ‘Cruise Connection’ travel insurance
This is a very smart thing to do! If your flight to your cruise destination is delayed this could cause problems getting to your cruise departure on time as they won’t wait for you. If you make sure you have “Cruise Connection” cover on your Travel Insurance – this will make sure that you can join your cruise at a different destination at no extra cost to yourselves. If you’re unsure, we can sort this for you.
Checking in on-line, another top tip
It is always worthwhile checking in on-line in advance of joining your cruise, especially if it is quite a large cruise. Embarking over 6,000 people can take a while but if you have checked in on-line in advance this can save you time in the queues to board.
There are a vast array of types of Cruise Holidays, despite just different destinations routes. Some are more family orientated, others are aimed more at couples, and then you have the more formal ones versus the informal.
Cruise Holidays can be a great way to see the world and offer great experiences for you on holiday. Just talk to someone who knows, we would be happy to advise you at Dragonfly Traveller and give you that independent view.