The Top 5 Things You Need to Know Before Booking Your First Cruise

Discover the top 5 things you need to know before booking your first cruise. Here are top tips from our Cruising Specialists to help you.

Is this the year you finally treat yourself to a cruise? If the answer is “Yes” and you’ve started your research, you might be starting to feel a little overwhelmed with all of the options. There are so many world-class cruise lines with countless itineraries that explore fascinating ports of call. How do you choose your first cruise when they all look so amazing? Here are a few tips from the MyCruises team that will help you make the perfect choice. Of course, you can always email or call one of our Cruise Specialists – they’re trained to help you navigate your way to an amazing cruise experience that is perfect for you.

1. Find the Right Cruise Line for YOU

All the cruise lines featured on the MyCruises website are world-class within their specific cruising category. In order to find the cruise line and cruise ship that is perfectly tailored to your tastes and expectations, take a minute to consider what you really want out of your experience. While they appear similar, many ships specialise in a certain cruise experience – such as leisure, family fun, adventure or luxury, and each greatly vary in size from small ship to mega ship. Talk to your MyCruises consultant for insight into each cruise line’s speciality, and which one will appeal to your holiday preferences to ensure we find the perfect fit for you.

2. Pick Your Embarkation & Disembarkation Ports.

Determining where you will embark & disembark for your cruise can really help narrow down your options. You could start and end in the same local port (Brisbane or Sydney, for example), travel between local ports, or fly to an international destination and embark from there! A ‘cruise to nowhere’ might be a good option to consider for a first-time cruiser. Organised by local cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival, these cruises leave from a local port and spend some time at sea, before returning to the original port. This will give you a taste on what life is like onboard a ship.

3. Your Travelling Companions

You will need to consider the size of your travelling party. There are many options for couples, small
groups, small families and large multi-generational families. Most bookings are priced based on two people (twin share) or four people (quad share) per room. Get in touch with a MyCruises specialist if you’re travelling in a larger group, as we may be able to arrange discounted rates for multiple cabins and book your cabins close together, for your convenience. Solo travellers should also reach out to our team for insight into which lines offer dedicated single cabin services and facilities. We can also assist you in understanding the sometimes confusing ‘single supplement’ pricing structure for solo travellers.

4. Select Your Cabin Type

Even the smallest cruise ships will offer a variety of different cabin types, which often greatly vary in
inclusions and price. Interior cabins are often the cheapest as they don’t have any views. At the other end of the range are the balcony cabins and luxury suites, with opulent fit-outs and stunning views across the sea. Your MyCruises consultant can help you find the perfect cabin type that fits within your budget and holiday dreams. Do you want an inside, outside or balcony cabin? What benefits do I receive if I book those categories? We can help you decide!

5. Plan for Your Extras

While your booking price will cover all of your main meals, your onboard accommodation and access to the ship’s facilities and most entertainment, there are certain services and activities available as optional extras. These can include shore excursions, drink packages, specialty dining restaurants, and spa treatments. You can make things as convenient as possible by pre paying these packages through your online cruise personaliser before you board. These are often offered at a cheaper price than if you waited to buy once you are onboard. Most cruise ships do not accept cash or credit cards on board, therefore purchases from the gift shops, or spa treatments, are billed to your electronic cruise card – the same one you use to access your cabin. Treat this card like cash and be sure you always have it with you. So you get the most out of your cruise holiday, we can help you find special offers that include bonus credit to spend onboard!

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