Choosing a Cruise

With hundreds of ships and thousands of itineraries to choose from, the cruise market can be quite a daunting place for new comers. There are all sorts of things to consider when choosing the right cruise for you.

Duration

How long do you want to cruise for? This will determine your destination. A mini cruise from Southampton will give you a good idea of what cruising is like, it’s the perfect place to start for a first time cruiser. Depending on the itinerary you can visit places such as the Channel Islands, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.

If you would like to cruise for a bit longer such as 7 – 14 nights, you will obviously be able to visit more destinations slightly further afield, if cruising from the UK you will have to factor in the time it will take to get to your destination. Alternatively, you have the option of a fly-cruise, this means you will fly from the UK to an overseas destination and board the cruise ship, this will ensure you get into the hot weather much quicker than cruising from the UK.

Itinerary

With so many different ships visiting a number of different ports, you are spoilt for choice. Each itinerary will offer something different, Fjord Cruises are all about the stunning scenery and will include ports where you can get off and explore, Mediterranean Cruises will give you the chance to visit various Cities in Europe whilst soaking up the Sun. Canary Island cruises are perfect to get a bit of winter sun without going to far, or if you are happy to travel further, the Caribbean is the ideal place to cruise and relax, soaking up the Caribbean sun and all that the islands have to offer. 

Time of the Year

The time you choose to cruise will have an impact on the cost of your cruise. As with anything, school holiday cruises will be more expensive. If you are happy to cruise out of season you have a much better chance of getting yourself a bargain! Mediterranean Cruises are generally cheaper at the start and end of the season, theweather will also be slightly cooler, giving you more comfortable conditions in which to explore the many ports on your itinerary.

Cruise Line & Ship

Once you have chosen your preferred destination and time of year, you should have the option of a few different cruise lines, this will come down to personal preference, over the next few months we will be taking you through our favourite cruise lines and who they are best suited to.