Monday, 9 May 2016
It is getting to that time of year when a growing numbers of Kiwis are thinking about exiting the cooling weather for something a bit warmer. With so many things to love about taking an ocean cruise, it’s little wonder they’re fast becoming one of the most popular holidays for people of all ages and budgets. And here’s why:
With so many cruise holidays now available, ask yourself these questions to help you choose the right fit.
Some cruise ships are like mini cities, accommodating more than 6,000 people at a time. Mingling with people from different countries is part of the fun, and the bigger the ship, the more it offers in terms of food and entertainment. But if you want to avoid crowds, there are many smaller cruises that accommodate fewer than 680 people.
Choose a mass-market line, as they are leaders in family-friendly cruising, with extensive on-board children’s areas, deck-top water park and family pool areas.
Just like hotels, cruise lines come in a variety of price points with features to match. Rates change depending on the season, and the lead-in price you see in advertisements often is for a small, “inside” cabin with no view. Also, be sure to check what your upfront price includes, as you may have to pay extra for some restaurants, drinks and onshore activities. Remember too, that most cruises require gratuity payments. These can add up quickly also.
Some ships offer large theatres that stage Broadway-worthy productions. Other lines focus less on on-board entertainment, and the variety and quality of shows can vary within a line from ship to ship. Some of the smallest ships have no entertainment at all, other than the occasional on-board lecture or port talk.
Dining is a big part of the cruise experience, and many lines pride themselves on their selection of restaurants. That said, some cruise lines place far more emphasis on food than others, so if you’re a serious foodie, choose a cruise that offers a variety of restaurants and big-name chefs.
Modern cruise ships are built for stability and the captain will invariably cruise around bad weather. However if you are prone to motion sickness, choose a bigger ship that sails in calmer waters
How long you want to be away will determine where you go. To whet your travelling appetite, check out the some of these locations visited by ocean cruises.
Iceland has seen a huge increase in welcoming cruise ships, with visitors experiencing hot springs, glaciers and incredible black-sand beaches.
With relations between the US and Cuba easing, a cruise to Cuba provides enriching cultural experiences that also benefit the locals.
Cruises with land and water elements allow you to stay in wilderness lodges, view magnificent countryside and observe awe-inspiring glaciers and fascinating wildlife.
From the beauty of Tuscany to the rich culture of the “Eternal City”, this Mediterranean masterpiece will be a big destination in 2016.
Extensive cruises observing Norway’s beautiful fjords and picturesque landscape provide fantastic opportunity for visitors to discover this Scandinavian treasure.
From multicultural Toronto to Montreal, cruise itineraries are increasingly recognising the incomparable wilderness and vibrant potential of Canada as a port of call.
A constant favourite, experience some of the best beaches in the Caribbean
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