This year is looking like it could be quite the year for regaining some of our long-lost cruise holidays. With vaccinations proving to reduce the number of serious Covid cases, strict guidelines to get on board and plenty of safety measures in place, cruise ships are back in action and providing keen cruise-goers with the ultimate experiences in travel once again.
If you are a previous visitor of a cruise ship or river boat, you will no doubt be aware of all the ways to make the most of what is offered onboard these luxury vessels, and how to travel in style and choose the right trip for you, but if you’re new to this type of travel, then we are here to help.
If a cruise trip has popped up on your radar and you’re wondering what to expect or how to decide which one of the many options out there will be best for you, then read on for how you can cruise in style in 2022.
Choosing the right cruise for you
There are two main aspects to consider when deciding on what type of holiday you desire, and they are the destinations that the cruise offers, and the ship itself. While you may initially be attracted to the cities and towns that appear on the itinerary, it’s important to remember that a lot of your time will be spent onboard, so you need to choose a vessel that’s a good fit as well as being attracted to the places you’ll be visiting along the way.
Ask yourself if you are looking for an intimate experience with a casual vibe cruising along a peaceful river, or do you desire travelling upon something on a grander scale with entertainment and facilities at every turn? If you also want to avoid flying as part of the trip, then search for holidays that set sail from home soil and if children are coming along, then make sure to pick a cruise that caters to theirs tastes too.
How to spend your free time on board
Larger cruise ships have all sorts of activities and facilities on board to ensure that you are never bored on the water, from ice rinks to spas to cinemas and casinos to shopping promenades to a range of sporting activities and theatres ready and waiting to fill your time. Expect to find a daily itinerary to help you plan in those free hours in between stops, and it’s not just the larger ships that will put on activities for their guests as all cruise holidays work hard to keep their visitors entertained and happy throughout their stay.
Of course, with the running tracks, ice rinks, basketball courts and other thrilling sports facilities that can be found on large luxury ships, there is always going to be a risk of injury, potentially turning your dream holiday into a bit of nightmare. As the experts from PersonalInjuryClaimsCare explain: “Most common risks associated with being on board a cruise ship are related to slips or trips. Another risk is related to being struck by heavy unsecured things.” To minimize the risk of accidents while onboard, make sure to pay extra attention to your surroundings and if you notice any slippery or wet surface, make sure to notify the crew to fix the issue, so that you can continue to enjoy your lavish trip as planned.
Dining and sleeping
One of the best parts of a cruise ship has to be the range of dining options, and the bars, lounges and people who work in them, too. The bigger the cruise ship, the more options you will have, but you will always find good food, good wines and local delicacies or international cuisines on board. Have you dined on delicate sushi or a great steak while watching a dazzling display of the sun setting over the water? This will be your chance to do just that.
And once all the excitement of the day is over, be sure to make the most of your stay with a sea view suite to retire to. Bringing a range of benefits such as larger and more luxurious accommodations as well as access to exclusive lounges, bars and restaurants on some ships, this is a sure-fire way to make your cruise holiday one to remember.