Leah Morton, a travel advisor with more than 20 years experience from Travel Associates, Mountain Creek. The cruise specialist explains why you should consider a cruise for your next trip. Why should someone consider a cruise for their next holiday? Cruising opens up so many choices for a fun-filled holiday. It is such an affordable way to travel to multiple, diverse destinations that would be very difficult to coordinate all on one airfare. At the same time you are enjoying yourself on impressive ships with lots of amenities you may not find in a land-based resort style holiday. Not to mention the delicious complimentary dining, onboard activities and first class entertainment you will enjoy along the way. What type of traveller is best suited to cruising? With such a variety of cruises available, we can find a cruise to suit any type of traveller. You can choose from large activity-filled mega-ships to smaller luxury ships, and everything in between. Cruising suits clients who want to unpack once, experience multiple destinations, and have a fun-filled holiday where they can do as much or as little as they please. What are some of the things you need to consider before going on a cruise? 1. The type of cruise ship that will best suit your needs. This is why it is best to utilise a travel advisor as we can ensure we find the best ship for you. 2. What sort of destinations and length of itinerary you are wanting. Some itineraries have more sea days than others, so best to take this into consideration. 3. What sort of cabin fits your budget? You may be the sort of person who spends very little time in your cabin, so a cabin with no window will save you money, but if you enjoy relaxing in your cabin, you will really value and appreciate the fresh air and extra light you will get from a balcony cabin or a more spacious suite. You have been on many cruises, what has been your most memorable? I would have to say getting married by the captain onboard the Sea Princess four years ago. We had 50 of our closest family and friends onboard on a short two-night voyage from Brisbane to Sydney to celebrate with us. It was such a fun, easy, memorable way to get married and enjoy our very special day. No one had to drive anywhere, everything was right there, our wedding venue and reception was in the main dining room and we all danced the night away in the night club afterwards. What are the main differences between American, Australian, European and Asian-based cruises? It used to be the variety of cruise ships, but Australia is now seeing more and more cruise ships come to our waters, so you have a plethora of choice. Cruises out of Australia really cater for Australians with regards to our tastes for good coffee, Australian wines and even Vegemite for your toast. Currency on board is AUD and there will be Australian power points. This is a big reason the Princess world cruise is so popular from Australia. English is not always the first language spoken on some Asian and European cruises.
Ports Leah has visited around the world [caption id="attachment_18102" align="alignright" width="250"] Leah[/caption] • Auckland • Bay of Islands • Tahiti • Maui • Honolulu • Seattle • Victoria • Ketchikan • Juneau • Skagway • Hubbard Glacier • College Fjord • Tokyo • Osaka • Hong Kong