Easy, convenient and requiring next to no pre-planning, cruises are becoming an increasingly popular way to travel. Loved by couples, families and groups of friends alike, the allure of affordable at-sea luxury is winning the world over. Yes, we love the fact that cruises are an absolute dream to organise, but with a little extra effort you can make your holiday even better. How? Here’s five ways to improve your next cruise:
Let yourself splurge
Cruise ship holidays are excellent value for money, with some itineraries pricing up at £50 a night, and under! When you score such a great deal, it’s a fantastic excuse to let yourself splurge on other luxuries that’ll enrich your at-sea experience. Whether it’s an all-inclusive drinks package, a day at the spa, a VIP shore excursion or dinner at a speciality restaurant, give yourself permission to indulge every now and then. When tagged onto the final bill, you’ll hardly notice a treat or two.
Consider pre and post cruise accommodation
Make your holiday last even longer by booking accommodation before and after the cruise. As well as eliminating stress over missing the boat, spending a few days exploring a port city will clock you into holiday mode, and give you a chance to unwind post-cruise.
Tap into your romantic side
If you’re cruising with your other half, romance is the name of the game. Even if you’re a notorious love grinch, cruise lines make it easy to up your game. For example, Holland America Line offers optional check-in packages featuring champagne, balloons and long stemmed roses. Trust us, it’ll get you in the good books!
If you’ve got your heart set on dining at Azamara’s exclusive Aqualina restaurant, scoring a private flight on Royal Caribbean’s North Star viewing pod or securing a place on an exclusive Silversea shore excursion, booking in advance is the name of the game. Avoid disappointment by making reservations via your booking agent before the cruise, or heading straight to the customer service desk when boarded.
If you’re on a longer cruise and a certain port just isn’t your cup of tea, why not consider staying on-board while your fellow passengers disembark? The major benefit is that you’ll have the ship largely to yourself, which means a wonderfully uncrowded Coral Princess Promenade Deck, no lines for Disney Magic’s AquaDuck waterslide, session spaces galore at Cunard’s Royal Spa, plenty of free tables at Norwegian Cruise Line’s Ocean Blue restaurant and more.
Find the perfect line for your next cruise
Now you’re clued up on how to make the most of your next cruise, why not reach out to our Cruise 1st customer service team about the latest deals from all of the mentioned lines, and more.