Have you ever been on an ocean cruise?
Cruising as a holiday choice offers both a sense of adventure and a feeling of indulgence and relaxation suggests Jane Barnett. You can opt to embark a ship at a UK port or fly to any continent in the world and begin your holiday there.
The moment you get on board, the holiday begins. You may have booked an inside cabin [no porthole] or an outside cabin with a window or a balcony. The choice affects the price you pay for your cruise. Other things you need to look out for when booking are whether or not a drinks package, gratuities, shore excursions and wi-fi are included in the price. Some cruise lines include everything whilst others charge a supplement.
The cruise market is highly competitive, so you need to shop around to get the best deal.
Once on board and you have unpacked your luggage you are free to explore the ship. You will discover many places to relax, have a meal, be entertained or participate in the activities offered; everything from quoits to line dancing, board or card games, find a book in the library, swim in the pool, shows and guest performers in the theatre and other music venues, go shopping, take part in quizzes…..….the list is endless! The choice is yours….or you can opt to do nothing at all!
Weather permitting there may be organised daytime activities on the pool deck. Also, you could watch a movie under the stars on a big screen or join a deck party where you can dance the night away on a balmy evening.
Every cabin [or stateroom as they are called] has its own steward who will look after your every need. He or she will clean your room every day, fill your ice bucket, provide extra pillows or a bathrobe and you may find a turndown service is offered with a chocolate on your pillow.
One of the big advantages of a cruise holiday is that you can be in a different place every day but you never need to unpack and repack your suitcase! Furthermore, a cruise provides an opportunity to sample a number of destinations that perhaps you would not necessarily consider going to for a long period of time. On arrival in each port, you can take an organised excursion or you are free to choose how you spend your time.
The bigger the ship, the more dining options available; some cruise lines offer sittings in the evening, others allow you to choose whenever you want to eat. Food is usually available 24/7! You can also order meals to be enjoyed on your balcony or in your room if you wish. A variety of bars means you can find a quiet intimate place to spend an hour or two, or sit and listen to a singer or an instrumentalist.
Cruising is something that can be enjoyed by all age groups. There are kids’ clubs for children and teenagers. A cruise ship is a very safe environment to give older children freedom to abandon their parents. Also, it is easy for people who have mobility issues to gain access to everything on offer. There are plenty of lifts and ramps and the dining areas and theatre have allocated spaces for wheelchair users. There is a resident doctor on board with an operating theatre in the medical centre, should it be required.
Cruising is certainly an ideal way of seeing a variety of places, ranging from warm weather destinations like the Caribbean, scenic voyages amongst the fjords, city exploration in the Baltic capitals or adventures to the Amazon Rainforest or the Antarctic.