General information about cruise ships
Is a cruise affordable and good value?
There are cruise vacations to suit every budget, from the cost-conscious to the most luxurious. Even more important, a cruise offers the best travel value for your money. Your fare includes all meals, your cabin, onboard daytime activities, nighttime parties and entertainment. So for once, you’ll know what your vacation will end up costing you before you go. (Your only extra expenses will be drinks, gratuities, optional shore excursions, and personal services such as massage or hair styling.) You’ll be amazed at the value.
Which is the best cruise line for me?
The best cruise line suited for you really depends on your own personal priorities. Some of the things you need to consider are price range, different itineraries, your interests, the average age of passengers on the cruise, etc. Fortunately we offer a lot of helpful information on our website and our helpful team can recommend something for you.
Will i get bored? Feel Confined?
Being at sea gives you a feeling of freedom few places can offer. There’s plenty of room. And it’ll probably take you two or three days just to discover what’s onboard. Plus, you get the added adventure of exploring new and exciting ports of call. Cruise ships are like floating resorts with all the things fine resorts have to offer.
You can be by yourself and lie back in a lounge chair, breathe in the sea air, soak up the sun, read good books, or watch the ever-changing view. Or, you can join in exercise classes, dance classes, sports contests and other organized deck activities. Perhaps you can practice your tennis stroke or golf swing, or shoot some baskets. You can go for a swim, stretch out in the sauna or work out in the gym. You can see a feature movie, attend a lecture by renowned experts, play backgammon or bridge. And that’s just when you’re onboard!
How do I book a cruise?
Planning a cruise vacation can be complicated. A cruise vacation can truly be a vacation of a lifetime. It can be a significant investment of both time and money. Therefore, we highly recommend you enlist the services of a professional Cruise Specialist to help you choose the right cruise for you.
- When do you want to go? For how long?
- What do you want to see? Which is more important? Beaches? Shopping? High Adventure? Relaxation? History? Sports?
- What’s your cruise experience? What’s your other vacation experience? Which cruise line is best for you? What type of accommodations?
- Are you taking kids? How old are they? How many cabins do you need? Do you need cabins near one another? Do you want to sit together at dinner? Are you celebrating a big anniversary? Does everyone need the same type of cabin?
- Do you qualify for a group rate?
What will the people be like onboard?
No matter what you’ve heard to the contrary, there’s no such thing as a typical cruise passenger! All kinds of people take cruises…of all ages…from all walks of life…singles, couples and families. Passengers can vary from ship to ship and cruise to cruise. Just ask your consultant for advice on the best ship for you, based on your tastes and lifestyle.
Can Singles have fun on a cruise?
Cruising is ideal for people traveling alone, because it’s so easy to meet other people. In fact, most ships have parties just for singles early on, so you can start to be involved right away. Most ships also have single cabins as well as single rates for double staterooms. In many cases, a cruise line will even find you a roommate to share a double if you ask them.
Is cruising right for honeymooners?
Without a doubt. Cruising offers an atmosphere that’s just right for romance…cozy dinners for two, strolling on deck at sunset, dancing the night away (even under the stars) and so much more to remember forever. Most lines provide special services from Sunday or Monday departures to welcome champagne and breakfast in bed. (And, speaking of beds, most ships have them in double, queen, or king sizes!) Also, some ships offer special programs for performing a marriage ceremony or renewing your marriage vows in port.
Are all ships and cruises fairly similar?
All cruise ships and cruises are completely different. You can sail with anywhere from fewer than 100 fellow passengers to over 2,600. And the standards range from casual to formal, classically simple to ultra-deluxe. You can even choose between traditional propeller-driven craft, sail-assisted cruise ships.
Can I book on short notice?
Even the most popular cruises sometimes have space available because of late cancellations. But, to get exactly the ship, cabin and sailing date you want, you should plan and book early. Most cruise lines also offer early booking discounts for customers who plan ahead. Then, just sit back and anticipate all the fun you’re going to have!
Do I need a passport?
Please ensure that you have a current passport valid for at least six months from your date of return to Australia. Non-Australian passport holders will require a valid re-entry visa. Other visas may be required for the countries you plan to visit.
It is your responsibility to ensure you obtain the correct visas.
Is motion discomfort a problem?
Today’s modern cruise ships are quite large and contain hi-tech stabilizing devices and advance weather notification processes. In the unlikely event you experience motion discomfort; there are a number of over-the-counter solutions to ease your concerns or there are medical staff available on every cruise.
So cruise lines welcome familes with kids?
32% of cruise vacations are booked by families with children. Most cruise lines make a special point of providing supervised activities for youngsters, especially during school holidays. If your children enjoy swimming, sports, games, movies, and the adventure of new places, they’ll love a family cruise. You’ll find the kids adapt to shipboard life with ease, and you won’t have to wonder what they’re up to every minute. The cruise staff will help keep them busy and entertained. Best of all, children generally travel at a substantially reduced rate.