Summer Cruising Tips
Each year summer rolls by and brings with it a zest for sunshine, the outdoors and cool, refreshing drinks. What better way to embrace the unique atmosphere of summer than by boarding a cruise ship, where sunsets, sparkling water, exotic destinations and first-class service all abound? If you’re interested in summer cruising, here are some of the things that you need to know. Take note!
When to Book
In general, the earlier the better. Most cruises departing in the summer season (December – February) are open to bookings a whole 12 months back. Not only will booking early give you the best choice in choosing your cabin type, but you can also take advantage of lots of early bird specials! If you’ve missed that early bird sale cut-off period, don’t fret: it’s also possible to take advantage of a last minute cruise deal and save hundreds of dollars. Last minute deals are perfect for those passengers able to travel within 7 to 90 days.
What to Pack
Packing for a cruise is pretty similar to packing for your standard holiday, with a few differences. If you’re an inexperienced seafarer, then it may be wise to pack some anti-seasickness medication just in case you feel some motion sickness coming on. In terms of the dress code, during the day, passengers can stroll around in t-shirts, shorts, thongs and bathing suits. Come nightfall, most passengers will wear smart/casual evening wear, while a nice suit (for the gentlemen) and dress (for the ladies) will be required for special Formal evenings. Most ships have a laundry service so you don’t have to take too many changes of clothes, but these generally do come with an extra fee. And your cabins will provide you with soap, shampoo and conditioner. As with any holiday during the summer months, bring plenty of sunscreen, your bathers, a towel, a hat, and – last but not least – a camera to capture those picturesque moments!
Where to Go
Do you explore the island nations of Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia in the South Pacific and feast on fresh fruit and seafood on your next cruise, all the whilst being immersed in the laid back island life culture? Or do you venture to somewhere a bit more exotic, sailing around South East Asia and making occasional stops in Singapore, Phuket, Bali, Langkawi or Hong Kong (and more!)? Or, again, do you spend your cruising holiday getting to know Australia a little better? Your options are immense and varied. You can even explore the Caribbean and parts of South America. Indeed, deciding where to go may just be the hardest part of your holiday!
Can’t wait to hop aboard a cruise liner over the summer holidays, and get that much needed tan on a sun lounger? Then call 1300 954 661, speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable cruise consultants, and in no time, you’ll be soaking up the sun’s ray on the top deck!