Have you always dreamt of embarking on a cruise ship to exotic destinations? At JWT Travel we have the perfect cruise holiday just for you.
If you’re planning your first cruise holiday soon, here are some useful tips from our cruise travel experts to make this experience an unforgettable one for first time cruisers. Keep reading if this is your first time cruising!
1 – PLAN YOUR CRUISE IN ADVANCE
It is important to be organized and plan your trip in advance. The best option for first time cruisers is definitely to book through a travel agency. Travel agencies count on Cruise specialists who are usually the best experts to arrange your cruise holiday as they will search in advance to cater for your taste and needs and will work with the most popular Cruise Lines.
You can also organize your own holiday, make sure that you do the proper research online before your trip starts. Before booking, research cruise lines, itineraries, and ships to find one that suits your preferences and budget, but always speak with a Cruise specialist.
By booking your trip as early as possible, you will ensure that you get the best deals, the best cruise line, a ship with all the comforts you are looking for, and the best cabin on board!
2 – CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED DESTINATION
Are you thinking about the cultural side of a destination and visiting different historic cities? or would you like to just get onboard and relax?
Think about where you would like to travel to or the reason for your cruise holiday, before you make your booking.
Do a little research before you embark on your cruise holiday. There are many exciting cruise destinations to choose from. From a breathtaking Mediterranean Cruise enjoying visits to beautiful Italy, Greece or Spain to an amazing cruise island hopping in the Caribbean, and more!
3 – CHOOSE THE LENGTH OF YOUR STAY
Deciding the length of your stay is essential mostly if you are thinking of visiting different destinations, so this will give you time to explore as many places as you wish.
At JWT Travel we would recommend longer stays if you are thinking of discovering new cities. However, a short stay would also work if what you want is just relax, enjoy, and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the cities!
4 – LEARN ABOUT WHAT’S INCLUDED
As you are booking your Cruise Holidays, ask yourself the following questions: what type of activities, guided tours, or food are included in your package?
When planning your cruise holiday, be sure you check what’s included in your holiday package. In this case, we recommend booking through the expertise of our Cruise specialist.
And of course, always make sure to have adequate travel insurance to protect against unexpected events or cancellations.
5- WHAT TO PACK?
On a cruise holiday just remember to pack comfortable clothing especially when travelling, and any necessary medications or essentials. If you’re prone to motion sickness, pack remedies like wristbands or medication, and choose a cabin in the ship’s center for stability.
If your trip includes any guided tour of your destination, do not forget to bring comfortable and appropriate shoes with you, such as hiking boots, water shoes and even rain boots in case of a rainy day!
Check the cruise line’s dress code for any themed nights and consider weather conditions and any activities you have reserved during the cruise such as rock climbing or pool games. In such cases you will need climbing shoes, sporty clothes and your swimsuit.
6 – EXPLORE YOUR SHIP
At this stage you must have already done research about your ship so you make sure it has all the facilities you are looking for!
Cruises offer many activities and entertainment, and some of them must be booked in advance. Take advantage of onboard activities, from shows and classes to spa treatments and fitness facilities.
You can also explore various dining options when onboard, including specialty restaurants and buffets, to sample different cuisines during your cruise, there are so many options to choose from and you will not go hungry.
Now that you are already onboard, it is time to explore the activities included in your cruise package.
7- READY TO TRAVEL!
Ensure you have all necessary identification, and that your passports are valid for more than 6 months. With your passport ready, make sure to plan to arrive at the departure port at your selected times and be early to avoid any stress and potential delays. And now you can just relax and enjoy and above all, remember that you are on holiday, so have fun, and savor your cruise experience.
8- MORE TIPS
- Choose your cabin wisely, considering factors like location, size, and amenities. Interior cabins are cost-effective, while balconies offer great views.
- Research and book shore excursions in advance, or explore ports on your own, depending on your preferences.
- Spend time on deck to enjoy the ocean views, especially for and during sunrise and sunsets they really are so special out at sea.
- Make sure you adhere to the ship’s times when in port to avoid being left behind.
- While there is often internet access, consider limiting your digital usage to truly unwind.
- Make sure to capture all of your special moments and memories of your cruise holiday.
Following these tips for first time cruises, and enjoy a fantastic cruise experience.
At JWT Travel we organize great cruise holidays with the expertise of Caroline O’Toole, our Cruise specialist, who will take care of your travel arrangements so you just have to relax and enjoy your holiday!
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