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Never Cruised? 8 Most Common Cruise Questions…Answered

Embarking on a cruise for the first time can be both exciting and overwhelming. Fear not! We’re here to answer the most common cruise-related questions and help you navigate the seas of uncertainty.

 

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Friends have told you about it; you’ve dreamed about it and now it’s time to make the fantasy of going on a cruise ship a reality. To borrow from Julie Andrews famous line in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music: “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…” by answering the 8 Most Common Cruise Questions:

  1. Why should I choose a cruise over other types of holidays? Cruises offer a unique blend of convenience, variety, and value that many other holiday options can’t match. On a single trip, you can explore multiple destinations, indulge in world-class entertainment and dining, all while unpacking only once. The simplicity of having everything in one place simplifies travel planning, allowing you to focus on enjoying your vacation.
  2. Isn’t cruising just for older people? Absolutely not! Contrary to the stereotype, cruising is a diverse and inclusive experience. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, a whopping 73% of Millennials and Gen-X travellers express a keen interest in embarking on their first cruise in the near future. Cruises cater to a wide range of interests and age groups, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
  3. How do I know which cruise itinerary is right for me? Choosing the right cruise itinerary depends on the type of holiday experience you desire. Whether you’re seeking cultural immersion, relaxation, or adventure, there’s likely a cruise tailored to your preferences. Research different cruise lines and their itineraries to find the one that aligns with your ideal vacation.
  4. What’s included in the price of a cruise? Generally, the price of a cruise includes your accommodation, meals in the main dining areas, entertainment, and many onboard activities. Some cruises may offer additional packages, such as beverage packages, gratuities, WiFi or shore excursions. Be sure to read the fine print when booking and consider investing in onboard packages to enhance your overall experience, such as internet packages, dining and beverage packages, and spa packages.
  5. I’ve heard cruises are expensive. How can I get the best value? While the initial cost may seem high, cruises often provide better value compared to traditional holidays. Many expenses are bundled, simplifying budgeting. To maximize value, consider cruising during off-peak times, booking well in advance to secure the best rates, or keeping an eye out for special promotions and deals.
  6. Is it easy to meet new people on a cruise? Absolutely! Cruises foster a social atmosphere with communal dining options, group excursions, and various social activities. Solo cruising has become increasingly popular in 2023, with cruise lines like Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) introducing new Solo cabin categories like the new Solo Inside, Solo Oceanview, and Solo Balcony cabin categories for sailings departing 2 January 2024 and beyond.
  7. What if I have dietary restrictions? All cruise lines are equipped to accommodate various dietary needs, whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, or have specific allergies. Cruise ship kitchens are experienced in catering to diverse dietary requirements, ensuring you can enjoy your meals worry-free.
  8. I’m concerned about seasickness. Is this a common issue? Modern cruise ships are equipped with stabilizers that significantly reduce motion, making seasickness less common. Additionally, over-the-counter remedies and precautions are available for those who may be more susceptible. It’s reassuring to know that most passengers sail without experiencing any discomfort.

 

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Relax next to the pool with a cocktail or take on a high-adrenaline ride down a waterslide – on a cruise, anything is possible! Image: The Sandton Times

Choosing a cruise over other types of holidays is a compelling option, offering an attractive blend of convenience, variety, and unbeatable value. The unique allure of exploring multiple destinations, enjoying top-tier entertainment and dining, all without the hassle of constant packing and unpacking, makes cruises stand out in the realm of travel for 2024.

 

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