If you’re already planning for the best family break for next year, you might want to take a look into the world of the cruise vacation. An adventure out on the seas could be the perfect solution for the whole family, and there are some terrific 2015 cruises deals already being offered. If it’s your first time on a cruise, you might have a lot of questions about them and what you need to know. Here are a few answers:
Before you decide
It’s a good idea to have a think about what type of family you are: do you like to be busy all the time, or are you happy to go with the flow and laze around on a ship between destinations? If you might get antsy being confined, a short trip or a cruise with many destinations might be the best option. But if you’re looking for a relaxing cruise with lots of lounging, then the long-haul cruises which traverse large distances are totally suitable.
Getting the best deals
- There will be a range of cabins on board, with a range of prices to match. The luxurious first class cabins with a sea view will be the most expensive, but there are often mid-range and economy cabins available for those on a budget.
- Look for last minute deals if you’re flexible: you might get a bargain.
- Shop around and make sure you know the market before you decide: you might find a better deal, so don’t book the very first cruise you find.
- Cruise ships range from small intimate boats for shorter travel, up to (virtually) floating cities with everything from on board cinemas, swimming pools and bowling alleys through to spa facilities, arcades and shopping malls.
- There are always a lot of fantastic entertainment options: whether you’re travelling between ports or stepping off the gangplank into a new location, no one will ever be bored.
- Most cruise lines now offer kid’s clubs, with all day long supervised entertainment which often continues into the evenings.
- If you’re just looking to take it easy while you’re sailing, many liners have an on board library from which you can check out books to read on deck.
- There will be numerous bars and restaurants, so even on board ship you can sample local cuisine or head out for a holiday cocktail.
Cruise liners travel across the entire globe, from river cruises into the heart of Europe, transatlantic liners travelling to and from the USA, through to island hopping Caribbean cruises and around the world epic adventures. Pick a destination worldwide and cruise there!
There aren’t many vacations like a cruise, where all the stressful aspects of travel are lifted out of your hands and you don’t need to worry about anything: it’s truly relaxing. You’ll travel through numerous destinations, without transportation, finding restaurants or accommodation being an issue. It’s a unique, tranquil experience. And that’s just what you want from a vacation.