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Cruise Holidays

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If you are new to cruising, and don’t know which cruise line, or even which destination may be right for you, it’s important that you make the right choice.

First, consider which size cruise may be right for you. Maybe you’ll appreciate a bigger American-style cruise, offering a host of on-board activities, or a more intimate ship may suit you, with mainly British passengers.

Cruise passengers

The following may also influence your decision – would you like a liner popular with the over 50s? Does dressing up each night appeal to you, or would you rather a more relaxed environment? It’s also important to consider your dining options – some cruises offer fixed meal times – a good way to meet fellow passengers, while others offer a more relaxed, flexible approach to dining.

It is important that you feel comfortable in your cabin, and choose the option that works best for you. Outside cabins and balcony staterooms provide more luxury, but the costs can rise considerably compared to an inside room, with a view on the lower deck. Cruising costs in general can vary greatly – from a 2-night cruise  for under £200, to a more luxurious 14 night cruise starting at over £1,000 per person.

If you’re really not sure what to expect from a cruise and don’t want to commit to a holiday you may not enjoy, a mini-cruise gives you a taster of a few nights on–board to see if a cruise is really right for you. If it turns out cruising isn’t for you, then you won’t have wasted as much money as if you’d booked a longer length cruise. Most passengers on mini-cruises do end up booking a longer length trip though.

The offerings of cruise lines can vary greatly. For our expert guide to cruise lines and what you can expect from each one, visit the Telegraph Cruise Channel.

To find out more about cruises, click on one of the links below

Cruise holidays for beginners

Types of Cruise

or visit The Telegraph Cruise Channel for a wide range of guides, expert reviews and offers.


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