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It’s the fastest growing trend in the travel industry, but what is it about cruising that has so many people excited? Our award-winning cruise guru, Lorraine Van Veen, answers all your questions.
1. Are cruises good value for money?
Definitely! Prices include accommodation in your choice of cabin, buffet dining, main restaurants and entertainment. Surcharges are added for speciality restaurants (many endorsed by celebrity chefs) and certain shows. All-inclusive beverages are common on super luxury cruises, while others offer promotions and drinks’ packages. On-board credit might be available (effectively on-board spending money) and you should always ask if gratuities are included.
> Learn about how to choose the right cruise for you
2. What happens when the ship gets to port?
It’s a slick operation with people on hand to guide you on and off the ship, and there are organised shore excursions if you want to do them. Sometimes they are included in your fare, others you can opt to do depending on what takes your fancy. During the cruise there are destination briefings with local tips to highlight what gems you’ll discover in the upcoming ports. You can choose to do your own thing at each stop, or join one of the pre-arranged tours.
Instant inspiration! Ever wondered what it's like on-board the world's largest cruise ship? Read our review HERE.
3. Would my kids enjoy it?
Competition amongst the cruise lines to enthral younger guests is huge, with anything from scavenger hunts and pizza parties, to ice-skating and go-karting. Some cruise ships even have water parks and rock climbing walls to keep young minds active. Even if your tot is as young as six months, there are family cruises with nursery care. Tell your consultant what your kids like to do, what you need as parents, and what you enjoy doing altogether. Then they’ll find the right ship for everyone.
4. Are cabins claustrophobic?
Outside cabins ensure you always have sea views, and balcony cabins provide fresh air. Many internal cabins now have authentic virtual windows, but always address concerns with your consultant.
5. What is the on-board food like?
You’ll love the food. It seems like almost every diet and taste is catered for. From casual to fine dining, flavours are often matched to the different destinations that you are travelling through.
6. Why is the cruise industry booming right now?
Financially, they’re accessible for everyone. There are cruises for the budget conscious or those wanting a grand journey over a longer timeframe. There are more inclusions than ever before, and the facilities and itineraries are extensive. The entertainment options, such as Broadway shows with New York quality showmanship, are highly desirable.
Instant inspiration! Our very own Annie Mellor loves to cruise the charismatic Caribbean. Read all about it HERE.
7. Am I going to get seasick?
The modern cruise ships of today carry the most up to date stabiliser technology to ensure you get a smooth ride. To minimise the motion on-board choose a cabin on a lower level and aim for a more midship location — booking as early as possible. Ask us about cruising in calmer waters, such as cruises in Asia. You could also try a river cruise, where the motion is even less noticeable.
8. I think I am too young to cruise
Not at all. From zip lining to cooking classes, electric bikes, thermal spas and Champagne brunches, cruising really does suit every age.
9. When is the best time to book?
Now! Book in advance to ensure you don’t miss out. You can make booking early all part of the fun. Lock in your cruise 12 months in advance, then spend the following 10 months fine tuning the details, such as land add-ons and enriching cultural experiences, or reservations for that speciality restaurant you are dying to try.
10. What type of people cruise?
It’s for those who like to see multiple destinations all in one go. Others may prefer a more leisurely pace, but you’ll still only unpack once — everybody loves that. For those who don’t want to fly, or are less mobile and need ease, there are more ships coming into Auckland than ever before. There’s also an increase in families cruising, and multi-generations seeking a holiday altogether.
> Cruises in review: Azamara Pursuit & Majestic Princess
Trending for 2019: ASIA
House of Travel’s Jeff Leckey has spent more time at sea than Captain Jack Sparrow. If he says Asia’s trending, you can bet your buried treasure he’s right.
Cruising in Asia is the ideal way to see multiple countries on one itinerary, without any long sea days in between.
The most popular cruises are 5-10 night itineraries, taking in Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong. The perfect fusion of East meets West.
Shorter Asia cruises out of Singapore will often include Penang, Langkawi and Phuket, giving you a taste of three countries and three different islands to explore.
Longer Asia itineraries may include Bali, the Philippines and some of the remoter islands in Indonesia and Malaysia.
There are exciting optional shore excursions on offer, allowing you to explore bustling cities, history, culture and many ancient temples. As well as plenty of opportunity to sample amazing food and flavours. VISAS. Cruise lines will often take care of visas required for Vietnam and Cambodia, but wherever you’re sailing to, ask your consultant how to make the entire visa process seamless.
Talk to one of our expert cruise consultants for the latest offers on itineraries cruising through Asia.
Out top 3 Asia itineraries
1. For the beach lover: THAILAND
There are a selection of 4 and 5 night cruise itineraries from Singapore which visit Phuket, Langkawi, Pulau Redang and Penang.
2. For the culture vulture: JAPAN
Experience the best Japan has to offer. From cherry blossoms in the spring, summer fireworks festivals and the amazing autumn colours of Hokkaido.
3. For the explorer VIETNAM
Enjoy Singapore to Hong Kong with multiple stops in Vietnam. Experience the crazy life in Saigon, amazing scenery and local Asian flavours.
Ready to plan your perfect cruise holiday? Come in-store, call us on 0800 713 715 or Click Here now.
Learn more with House of Travel's Cruise Holiday guide at https://www.houseoftravel.co.nz/holidays/cruise
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