Hints and Tips for first time Cruisers | Designer Travel

People who are new to cruising are faced with a mine of information. So where to start, I find the best place to start is with the ports of call after all they are probably one of the main reasons you have chosen to cruise. Next what cruise line this very much depends on you as an individual or your family needs. Whether you want an ultimate luxury experience where everything is included from fine wines to shore excursions or alternatively you are travelling with children who want lots of activities such as climbing walls, ice rinks and waterslides. Once you have chosen the cruise line next comes what to pack. What do I take for casual nights and above all formal nights. It is easy for the men a tuxedo never goes out of fashion but for the ladies it can be a minefield. My tip would be to lay your clothes out on the bed and put them into outfits discard any that are a tight fit you will see why later. Then pop them back in the wardrobe and go shopping as a cruise is a perfect excuse to go shopping for some new outfits. The gentlemen can either count out a few shirts and trousers along with several t shirts and a couple of pairs of shorts a nice suit and your tuxedo or alternatively leave It until the last minute and hope your wife has done it for you. However you always run the risk that she may have used your suitcase for extra shoes.

For me the highlight of any cruise is the food although it is available morning noon and night so pace yourself faced with a gorgeous buffet it is easy to get overexcited and overindulge. So before you know it you have eaten your own body weight in profiteroles. My tip would be to eat in the restaurants as it makes mealtimes more of an event and portions are set as apposed to being tempted to have one of each. When it comes to cruising you have probably heard the expression bring half the clothes you planned, what it should say are bring half the clothes you planned in your size and the other half in the next size up for later on in the trip. Research your ports to maximise your time ashore lots can be achieved in a small timescale if planned well. Everybody enjoys the ports but don’t underestimate the value of a relaxing sea day although there is always something to do should you choose. Be prepared to become hooked on the joy of cruising once you have been once you will want to go again and again. I have travelled with a number of different cruise operators so why not call for more specific advice on the right liner for you.

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