Cruises are now one of the most popular types of holiday. Once thought of as just holidays for pensioners, the average age of the passengers is dropping all the time.

Cruises can be researched just like other forms of holidays. You can find the best cruise for your plans; check all the itineraries to see what takes your fancy, check reviews on the ships, cabins and even the ports. And of course you can book your trip too.

Ocean Cruises

This is probably the type of cruise that most people think about when asked to describe a cruise ship. These are vast floating hotels, travelling from country to country, or island to island. These types of ships seem to get larger and larger, and offer more and more in the way of on-board activities. No longer do you have to make do with a small pool, now there are outside cinemas, climbing walls, and even crown green bowling.

AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN BE ON-BOARD

The Allure of The Seas, which is owned by Royal Caribbean, boasts

  • A fitness centre
  • Sports pool
  • Zip line
  • Beauty salon
  • 2 Rock-climbing Walls
  • Miniature Golf
  • Solarium
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Speciality restaurants
  • Beach pool
  • Aquatheatre
  • Britto gallery
  • Central park
  • Nightclub
  • Dreamworks experience
  • Comedy lounge
  • Wine bar
  • Champagne bar
  • Boutique shopping
  • Royal Promenade Boutiques
  • H20 Water park
  • Surf simulator
  • Medical Centre
  • Internet access
  • Business Services
  • Sports court
  • Casino
  • Theatre

This should be more than enough to keep most people happy while sailing from port to port

 

Dress code

Some people might be put off by the stuffy dress codes for dinner. There are still some ships that insist on dressing up in the evening, but as cruising increases in popularity more ships are offering a more casual approach. It is still likely that you will be sitting next to another party, but if you don’t get on you don’t have to put up with them for the rest of the trip, just asked to be moved.

There are extras

It may seem that everything is included in the price, but this is not usually the case. Drinks are not included; neither are any small dining options, such as a donut counter, or ice-cream. If there are any speciality restaurants these usually have an extra cost.

Then there is the ‘tipping’ fee with is automatically added to your bill. To get a rough idea of your tips, check out Cruise Tip.