As a self-confessed cruise lover, I am forever extolling the virtues of what a great holiday option they offer. Whether you choose to take part in everything on board or simply sit by the pool and relax, it doesn’t matter, it’s all about choice. Travel expert and manager of Travel Associates Caloundra Jo Rae tells us more.
Why should you consider a cruise for your next holiday?
There are so many reasons! You are on holiday from the moment you step on board. You only have to unpack once, all meals are included, there is great entertainment and total relaxation. Plus, with most ocean cruises, you cruise while you sleep and arrive at your destination the next day! Cruising is addictive. Most of our clients book their next cruise holiday on their current cruise.
What is the benefit of cruising compared with touring?
You visit more destinations and countries in a shorter period of time. If you were driving or flying to these cities, there would be lots of wasted time.
What is the difference between ocean cruising and river cruising?
River cruising is a slower pace on smaller ships and you generally visit smaller towns and villages. It allows to you sit and watch the world go by. Most river cruises include excursions and experiences depending on the company and all meals and some drinks are included.
Ocean cruising is on larger ships with more facilities. As they are larger, they can travel greater distances faster. They also offer multiple entertainment choices and more dining options. Ocean cruising is family-friendly and offers more variety in standards and itineraries. The cruise you choose could be based on your destination, such as Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, or the ship can be your destination, such as the Symphony of the Seas, which boasts the tallest water slide at sea, glow in the dark laser tag and surf simulators, combined with a shopping promenade. You can choose from three-star to six-star, there is something for everyone.
What has been your favourite cruise experience?
I was fortunate to experience a Holland America 24-day Mediterranean cruise, which was spectacular. I got to experience so many bucket list destinations in one holiday without wasting time at airports!
What is your advice when booking a cruise?
Speak to one of our travel advisers to ensure you book the cruise best suited to you and your style of travel. With 24 years experience in the travel industry, I am passionate about cruise holidays, both river and ocean. They provide a great holiday and offer great value for money. Never say no to a cruise until you have experienced it. Start with a shorter itinerary to see if cruising is for you!
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