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If you are thinking of booking a cruise either for the 1st time or as an experienced cruiser, we offer a personalised service from start to finish and the best advice to make your chosen cruise...your perfect cruise!
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Cruise holidays are getting cheaper all the time, making it a popular option or British holidaymakers. However, many people have a few questions after booking their first cruise: Will I get seasick? What do I pack? Is there enough for the kids to do? And so on. We at Attleborough Travel have put together a few tips to make your first cruise holiday a success.
It’s often a good idea to make your first cruise one that departs from the UK. A number of cruise lines – including companies running transatlantic cruises like Cunard and Princess – port in the UK, meaning no flights are involved. Your first cruise shouldn’t be too far from home. Try Mediterranean, Baltic or Greek Island cruises from lines like P&O , Thomsons or Princess. These all sail from the UK – but remember your passports.
If you are meeting your vessel at a foreign port, you’ll need to arrange flights. All-inclusive cruise deals include your flights there and back, but you need to factor in things like flight delays & transfer time to the port. Generally, the cruise lines arrange shuttle buses from the airport if you buy the fly-cruise package with them. Don't forget your embarkation documents and other paperwork – as you won’t be allowed on board without them.
Unlike hotels, cruise passengers arrive en masse. This means thousands of pieces of luggage arriving at once. Don’t dismay if your bags don’t arrive at your state room until a few hours after you do.
Hand luggage is crucial, especially if you take medication or have a baby with you, so pack first-day essentials like swimwear and toiletries in a small holdall before you fly out.
Cruise restaurants vary in dress codes, from black tie expected, to casual-but-smart, to by-the-pool anything-goes. NCL Cruises have a distinctly freestyle
approach that means you can either dress up – or wear jeans to dinner. Celebrity and RCI cruises are equally accommodating, although P&O and Cunard are a little more restrained.
Generally, the smaller the ship, the more dress restrictions there are.
Remember that cruises to exotic climes can still be chilly at night, so pack a few warmer clothes so you can enjoy star-watching from the deck.
Whatever the size of ship, you’ll need to spend the first few days acclimatising yourself, but really it’s no different to any other resort – except it’s aboard a ship.
If you think mobility onboard could cause you a problem, most cruise lines will let you take your electric scooters if booked in advance.
Cruise holidays to suit
Everyone has their own idea about what makes cruise holidays special. Romantic couples looking for luxurious, but cheap cruises in the sun would do well to look at the African selection offered by Princess Cruises, whose motto is: "big ship choice with small ship feel." Families meanwhile, love the kids clubs and children’s entertainment laid on by RCCL, Norwegian and Carnival, especially when the cruises include destinations like Egypt, Cuba, LA and the Bahamas.
Those looking for laidback, freestyle holidays with plenty of culinary action opt for Norwegion Cruise Line which, despite the Norwegian name, now offers luxury cruises worldwide. Cruises with NCL are all about freedom of choice, from how the mini bar in your stateroom is stocked, to which of the numerous restaurants to try. Meanwhile, newlyweds and others celebrating a special event sail with Celebrity – the cruise line that has taken classic, elegant cruise holidays into the 21st century. Part of Royal Caribbean, the emphasis is on gourmet dining, luxury spa treatments, a range of lavish entertainment options – and celebration.
If you’ve never booked one of our cruises before, we at Attleborough Travel will be pleased to help you get onboard !
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ABTA advises that pregnant women already booked to travel to any of the destinations affected, should seek medical advice from their GP and talk to their travel provider. Where it is necessary to change or cancel their holiday arrangements in light of the NaTHNaC advice, they should request that their GP provides them with a medical certificate in order to assist with them with any possible insurance claim.