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First Cruise Basics

Posted December 7th, 2012

Embarking on a cruising adventure for the first time can be a very exciting journey. Cruise holidays are becoming increasingly popular amongst travellers, due to the great value for money and worldly destinations on offer. With the chance to see various destinations and only have to unpack that hefty suitcase once, it is easy to see why so many people are choosing to cruise. If you are planning your first cruise holiday, however, there are a few things that you should keep in mind, to ensure that your experience is an enjoyable one.

Be Prepared

Being prepared for your first time cruise experience is one of the most important aspects in ensuring that you have a

Experience your first cruise

pleasurable time on board. When booking your cruise holiday, be sure to discuss important details with your travel agent, such as any visa or passport requirements that may be needed, as well as any challenging ports you may face along the way.

When to Book

Knowing the best time to book your cruise could ultimately help you to save hundreds of dollars. There are great options for both people who are over prepared and for those who like to leave things until the last moment. Early bird cruise deals often see you saving a great deal of money, whilst last minute specials can also provide great savings.

Preparing your Body

Undoubtedly, the first thing that often crosses the mind of a first time cruiser is the weariness of seasickness. This horrible feeling can end up making your cruise less than enjoyable. Preparing your body for the travels ahead, however, is a great way to prevent such an occurrence. The week before you depart on your once in a lifetime journey, be sure to stay hydrated. While it is important to stay hydrated on board, to assist in deterring seasickness, it is equally as important to be hydrated before you disembark from your port.

Make the most of your Journey

With all inclusive meal packages on most cruises, you will be delighted by the array of delectable cuisines on offer. There’s a dish to suit just about anyone, so why not try five star dining one night and a hot dog stand the next! Partaking in shore excursions is also a great way to make the most of your journey, and a little research prior to disembarking can go a long way. Research your ports and discover what sightseeing activities you’d like to embark on, so that you can make the most out of your time on land. Some ports may only have short stop overs, so it is important to know what you want to do, before the day arrives.

Cruising is, without a doubt, one of the best holiday experiences available. With cruise ships suited to just about any travelling style, from adventure to singles cruises and even small ship river cruises, you are bound to embark on a holiday experience not easily forgotten.

If you are ready to embark on your first cruise holiday, call one of our Cruise Specialists today on 1300 954 661 - they will be able to help you find the best cruise deal!

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