Booking A Cruise: How To Find The Perfect One For You


There’s one thing for sure, every traveller and holidaymaker has their own preferences when it comes to visiting new destinations. From the level of comfort to the adventures available, travellers of all ages and demographics have specific needs. And this is certainly no different when it comes to cruise passengers. For those who want to book a cruise for their next travel experience, there are a number of things you should consider which will help you plan your trip and find the perfect cruise for you. 

Silver Spirit cruise ship by Silversea in Kotor, Montenegro

In this article, we will explore the ways cruise travellers can plan the perfect cruise, highlighting key elements that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

From the type of cruise to the destinations, budget and more, we will provide you with all the necessary information to help you make an informed decision when booking your next cruise holiday.

the view of the sea from Celebrity Edge cruise ship by Celebrity Cruises

Exploring different types of cruises 

When it comes to cruise planning, you will find a wide variety of cruise types. From budget-friendly family cruises to luxury cruises and cruises for solo travellers. And while not all cruises are designed for a specific demographic, this is a good place to start if you are unsure what would be right for you. 

Cruise itineraries designed specifically for a certain type of passenger make it easier for travellers to find a cruise line, ship, itinerary and selection of destinations that other travellers in a ‘similar boat’ will be booking. This means your fellow passengers will all be of a similar age, marital status, or other demographic. 

swimming pool on the Silver Spirit cruise ship by Silversea

However, if you are not bothered by the type of passengers you will be sharing your ship with, then you can also base your choice on other factors such as cruise duration, cruise ship size, package type, cruise line, and price. 

These factors will help you narrow down your options and find the perfect cruise for you. 

Considering destinations and activities

The destination of your cruise is often one of the most important things to consider when planning a cruise. Some travellers may have their heart set on visiting a specific country or region, while others may be more open to exploring different destinations. When choosing a cruise,  it is important to research the different ports of call and excursions available. This will also give you an idea of the type of activities and experiences you can expect during your cruise. 

If you are interested in cultural immersion, then look for cruises that offer stops at historical or cultural sites. For adventure seekers, there may be options for water sports or outdoor adventures on specific islands or shores. The type of cruise you want to experience will depend heavily on your choice of itinerary. So, determining these at the earliest stages of your cruise planning will make finding the right cruise for you even easier. 

Royal Caribbean, Harmony of the Seas cruise ship

Cruise ships and sizes 

Some travellers will be more concerned about the size of the ship. While some of the largest cruise ships in the world offer an endless supply of amenities and facilities. From water slides to world-class dining and spas, smaller ships may be a better choice for those who don’t want to share the ship with another 7,000 passengers. In fact, smaller cruise ships and lines that offer a luxury/boutique experience of cruising are often some of the most luxurious cruises available to customers. 

Thinking about the size of the ship may support you in finding the right type of cruise line to travel with. This is because particular cruise lines specialise in certain types of cruising. From small river cruises to large family-friendly, adventure cruises, choosing the right one for you, will guarantee you have the best time onboard.  

the view of the sea from a cabin in the Celebrity Edge cruise ship by Celebrity Cruises

Setting a budget for your cruise holiday 

Of course, your budget is an important factor when making a cruise booking. It will determine the type of cabin you can afford, the duration and destinations of your cruise, as well as any additional fees such as gratuities, drinks or other optional onboard expenses. When setting a budget for your cruise, be sure to consider all aspects such as flights to and from ports, transfers, and any excursions or activities you may want to participate in. You should also factor in the cost of travel insurance for your cruise. By setting a realistic budget from the start, you can narrow down your options and find the best cruise for your specific needs and preferences. 

Extra tip: Always consider booking with a cruise provider that guarantees ATOL protection and ABTA protection to ensure your money is protected in case of a cancellation. 

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