Booking a holiday can be quite stressful (in a first world problem sort of way). In the old days, you simply went to your local high street travel agent, they told you where you were going and you just went. But now, it involves hours, if not days of research, so in-depth that the FBI would be proud. And this is what we are up against when it comes to choosing your first cruise, there are so many choices out there and we don’t want to spend all that money only to find yourself having to watch a drunken Limbo competition every night (unless that’s your thing).
So let’s have a look at the options, from the luxury ocean liner to the family-friendly Caribbean cruiser, we’ll leave out the cross-channel ferries.
The Transatlantic Ocean Liner
If you want to experience the glamorous days of ocean liner travel before everyone took the plane then a transatlantic crossing is for you. The Queen Mary 2 is a purpose-built ship designed to deal with the rough seas of the North Atlantic, its style harks back to the transatlantic heydays of the forties, fifties and sixties.
Although casual in the day, you’ll be expected to dress for dinner with a number of black tie nights so it’s not really the place for you if you want to wander around in a pair of crocs but there again where are crocs ever acceptable.
A Luxury Cruise
If you want luxury subtly delivered in contemporary surroundings with moderm amenities then a modern luxury cruise could suit you. Companies such as Crystal offer,fine dining, excellent wine, state of the art technology, spacious suites and even penthouses if you want to spend the last of your children inheritance.
A River Cruise
We think it may have been Agatha Christie’s ‘Death On The Nile’ which sparked our interest in a river cruise, although we do intend to disembark alive. The idea of sitting on the deck at dusk with a gin, watching local life go by on the river banks sounds perfect.
River cruises can be a very good way to tour a few countries and do a lot of sightseeing. When cruising the Rhine or Danube there may be two stops in a day and the boats often moor in the centre of the town or city.
To us, one of the best advantages of a river cruise is the lack of motion and no chance of seasickness. Neither of us is that good with sailing and Mr W was once even sick on a boat simulator on dry land.
One particular river cruise we fancy is on the Mississippi River, we saw one of the paddle steamers which do this trip when we were in Memphis a couple of years ago and it really had some old-style southern elegance.
A Family & Fun Cruise
Family and fun, two words which can strike terror into a grumpy middle-aged man. Although deep down we’re sure there’s still a little affection remaining for Disney, zip lines and water slides. This type of cruise may not be for everyone but it’s perfect for families There is no chance of you or your kids getting bored on a Disney or Carnival cruise
An Adventure Cruise
If lounging by a pool while cruising the Caribbean is not your ideal cruise style or if you want a unique experience set against spectacular natural landscapes then an adventure cruise may be for you. It doesn’t have to be the full ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ to start with, just a leisurely cruise around the Norwegian Fjords and then you can work your way up to the full icebreaker ploughing the Bering Sea.
One cruise we were looking at which lies on the more sedate end of the adventurous scale is an Alaskan cruise was with Bolsover. Taking in the amazing sights and wildlife like Glacier Bay, brown bears and possibly a whale or two.
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