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Cruise packages are more popular than ever, with many new routes available and holidays that are suitable for younger people and families. Modern cruises include everything from onboard windsurfing through to cold weather cruises to Norway. There are plenty of innovative off-board activities and excursions for all. It`s not surprising that the popularity of the cruise continues to go from strength to strength and that many younger people are trying them for the first time and becoming hooked.
Nowadays, of course, many people book their holidays and cruises online and the advance of technology means that comparison sites can help you find the best prices and make bookings quickly and easily. This is useful when you know exactly what you need and wish to make a speedy booking.
However, when it comes to cruises, the personal service of a travel agency can still work very well and offer additional value that online booking cannot. Many of the largest cruise websites are best used for carrying out initial destination and service research, rather than booking directly. A good travel agent will be able to have a conversation about your requirements, wishes and aspirations and use their knowledge and experience to recommend cruises and routes that you might otherwise not have considered. They will be tailored to your budget, lifestyle and expectations. Many people just pick one cruise line and then never deviate from it, when actually there could be other options that would suit them better.
A travel agent can be useful too for first-timers who are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice available. Online searches don’t always provide in-depth information – or even particularly reliable information – but a travel agent will have the knowledge and experience needed. A good agent will also guide you through choices and offer extra insights and money-saving tips, such as the cheapest time of year to go. Additional requirements such as special accommodation, food preferences, excursions, spa treatments and other reservations can also be organised at the same time.
Those who want the ultimate in luxury will find various lines that offer top-of-the-range dining, service, deluxe accommodation and superior spa facilities. There will be large suites and small state rooms, along with facilities such as sports courts, sun decks, swimming pools and much more. Those travelling with families will find cruises that offer cinema facilities, larger family rooms, child-friendly menus, bowling, kids clubs and other attractions to entertain everyone. Winter cruises may involve more functional vessels, but there will likely be buggy rides, bike rides and other exciting modes of transport for exploring remote stop-offs along the way.
Questions to ask yourself when considering your cruise booking include the time of preferred travel (winter seasons tend to be cheaper, but you may find last-minute summer offers if you book at short notice), which destinations you’d like to visit, your ideal duration for the cruise, the sorts of entertainments and facilities you’d like to enjoy and where you’d like to begin the cruise. For example, the P&O Oriana has cruises that depart from Southampton and it is a beautiful cruise liner designed for British tastes, with plenty of attractions, including an award-winning onboard restaurant.