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The Top 5 Things You Need To Know Before Booking Your First Cruise

Posted March 23rd, 2015

Is this the year you finally treat yourself to a cruise? If the answer is “Yes” and you’ve started your research, you might be starting to feel a little overwhelmed with all the options. There are so many world-class cruise lines with countless itineraries that explore fascinating ports of call. How do you choose your first cruise when they all look so amazing?

Here are a few top tips from the Cruiseabout team that will help you make the perfect choice. Of course, you can always email or call one of our Cruise Specialists – they’re trained to help you navigate your way to an amazing cruise experience.

1. Find The Right Cruise Line

All the cruise lines featured on the Cruiseabout website are world-class, so you’ll have a great time regardless which company you choose. But to find the cruise that is perfectly tailored to your tastes and expectations, take a minute to consider what you really want out of your experience. While they appear similar, many ships actually specialise in a certain cruise experience – leisure, family fun, adventure or luxury, for example. Talk to your Cruiseabout consultant for insight into each line’s speciality.

Which cruise line is right for you?

2. Pick Your Start and End Points

Determining the start and end point for your cruise can really help narrow down your options. You could start and end in the same local port (Brisbane or Sydney, for example), travel between local ports, or fly to a destination overseas and depart from there! A ‘cruise to nowhere’ might be a good option for a first-time cruiser. Organised by local cruise lines like P&O and Carnival, these cruises leave from a local port and spend some time at sea, before returning to the original port.

3. Choose Your Travelling Companions

You will need to consider the size of your travelling party. There are numerous options for couples, small groups and small families, as most bookings are priced based on two people (twin share) or four people (quad share) per room. Get in touch with a Cruiseabout specialist if you’re travelling in a larger group, as we may be able to arrange discounted rates for multiple cabins. Solo travellers should also reach out to our team for insight into which lines offer dedicated single cabin services. We can also help you understand the sometimes confusing ‘single supplement’ pricing structure for solo travellers.

4. Select Your Cabin Type

Even the smallest cruise ship will offer a wide range of cabin types, often greatly varying in inclusions and price. Inside cabins are often the cheapest as they don’t have any views. At the other end of the range are the balcony cabins and luxury suites, with opulent fit-outs and stunning views across the ocean. Your Cruiseabout consultant can help you find the perfect room type for your budget.

Do you want an inside, outside or balcony cabin? We can help you decide!

5. Plan For Your Extras

While your booking price will cover all main meals, drinks in the restaurants, your accommodation and access to the ship’s facilities, there are certain services and activities available as optional extras. Optional extras can include shore excursions, drinks at the bar and spa treatments. You can make things as convenient as possible by buying these packages through your Cruiseabout consultant before you board. We also have access to all the sales and special offers from cruise lines, and can pass the discounted prices on to you.

Most cruise ships don’t accept cash or credit cards on board. Sales from the cafés, bars, shops, or spas are allocated to your electronic cruise card – the same one you use to lock your cabin. Treat this card like cash and ensure you always have it with you. So you get the most out of your trip, we can help you find sales and special offers that include extra bonus credit.

Are you ready to treat yourself to your very first cruise experience? Then call 1300 954 661 today to speak with one of our friendly cruise consultants. When you first step foot on deck, you’ll wonder why you waited this long!

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