Great options for first-time cruisers include the South Pacific, Alaska and the Mediterranean. There is a huge variety of choice in these areas and different styles of ships so there is something to suit every budget. For your first cruise holiday, it’s a good idea to choose a shorter cruise so you can test if you like it.
Cruises that are specially tailored to foodies are becoming more and more popular. Foodies should look for cruise ships that offer fabulous specialty restaurants such as Oceania ships, the Marina and the Riviera, which offer four specialty restaurants all included in the price. Seabourn is also a proud member of Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world’s most prestigious gastronomic societies that are devoted to fine dining. Holland America prides itself on changing its menu daily so on any one sailing you will have a different menu every day.
Expedition small ship cruising, such as the Galapagos, Alaska and Antarctica, is a fantastic option for nature lovers. The smaller ships are able to hug the coast lines in quiet bays and often there are few tourists around. They also give cruisers the opportunity to kayak into little bays where they can go snorkelling and diving.
Outdoor adventurers and early adopters
Expedition cruises to destinations such as the Arctic, Chilean Fjords and Antarctica are great for those looking to explore a new destination and experience a bit of adventure. They often offer active shore excursions, including kayaking and guided wildlife walking trips. These areas all have short seasons and only cater for smaller ships, limiting the exposure of the area.
Small ship cruises offer a more intimate experience with fewer passengers, so they are perfect for couples looking to have a romantic break. Tahiti is one of the most romantic places on earth and there are no arguments when everything is included in your cruise fare – even the open bar. The Paul Gauguin Tahiti cruise is perfect for a romantic getaway.
Families can cruise anywhere at any time, as long as the ship has great facilities. Parents should look out for ships with water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice rinks, basketball courts and golf. Cruise lines that offer kids’ clubs with separate age groups and separate clubs for teenagers are also highly recommended. They provide a wide range of interesting and fun activities for the kids during the day, while still allowing parents to get some rest and relaxation on their cruise holiday. Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises are particularly good for families.
Sports fans and/or sporty types
Local P&O cruises often show sporting events and many ships now have sports facilities such as golf and basketball; Royal Caribbean even features rock climbing walls. Carnival also has big screen TVs showing the NRL and rugby.
Cruise lines that focus on the destinations rather than the onboard facilities are particularly great for culture enthusiasts. Cruises such as Voyages to Antiquity, Turkey and Greece and Nile River Cruising will often offer guest speakers and include sightseeing to sites of historical importance.
People who get seasick
People who get seasick should look for coastal cruises such as Inside Passage Alaska or Adriatic. It’s also a great idea to choose a cruise that stops every day, rather than spending days at sea. River cruising is a great option for those who get sea sick because the cruises take in areas that have little risk of experiencing rough seas. Larger ships are more stable in rougher conditions because it takes a lot more to get them moving and most modern ships are now fitted with stabilising technology that makes for a smoother cruise.
Information supplied by Jessica Allan of Cruiseabout
- Sunday Star Times