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Your Guide to Cruising

WHY CRUISE?

Ease of travel is a bonus of cruise holidays. Forget about transferring from planes to buses to boats to taxis, your fully stocked cruise vessel will take you everywhere in style.

Ease of travel is a bonus of cruise holidays. Forget about transferring from planes to buses to boats to taxis, your fully stocked cruise vessel will take you everywhere in style.

Some cruise packages also include air transport to faraway places, where you can begin your cruise. You can also find excellent family packages, complete with childcare and a wide variety of fun activities for young and old alike.

Get more for your money and time. Though you can look forward to spending a significant amount of time relaxing and enjoying yourself on board your ship, each moment can still be packed with excitement or pleasure. Your ship will stop frequently, so you can also see multiple destinations on one journey.

Whether you want to fill every second with holiday fun and entertainment, or never leave your deck chair, the choice is yours. Eat when you’re hungry, sleep when you’re tired, leave all your worries and responsibilities behind, get fully into the sailing spirit and let your cares float like the mighty waves you travel on.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF CRUISING

Activities vary depending on cruise line, ship and destination, however cruising offers something for everyone! Cruising is the most flexible way to holiday because it offers activities based on your interests, age, hobbies and passions.

Family Cruises (Young)

Family Cruises (Young)

Nothing beats a cruise for an ideal family vacation. Many of the leading large cruise ships are designed to support this very idea!

Luxury Cruises

Luxury Cruises

For a vacation that includes exceptiononal state-of-the-art facilities, superb cuisine, first-rate onboard entertainment and stimulating enrichment programs, you can't go past a luxury cruise.

Meetings at Sea

Meetings at Sea

Modern cruise ships provide the perfect social environment for professional groups to mix and mingle. After meetings your group can dine in a gourmet restaurant, gather by the pool and much more. 

Singles Cruises

Singles Cruises

Dreaming of a cruise vacation, but unsure because you're single? Singles cruises are the perfect vacation for you!

Special Needs

Special Needs

Cruise lines are hard at work trying to accommodate people with disabilities. However, if a cruise is the right vacation for you depends on your specific needs.

Theme Cruises

Theme Cruises

Offering the opportunity to both enjoy in your favourite hobby and increase your own knowledge of a wide array of subjects.

 

Wedding Cruises

Wedding Cruises

Every year, more and more couples choose to say their vows in beautiful locations across the world. 

CABIN SELECTION

When booking your cruise, choosing which type of cabin you want is a tricky decision. These tips should help you to make the right choice.

It can be quite daunting when it comes to booking your cabin, there are so many terms and categories that you need to understand in order to make the right booking for your needs. Some ships can have as many 20 different cabin categories and the pricing will vary depending on size, amenities and location. So make sure you look at all of your options before booking because staying in the wrong cabin can change your whole cruise experience.

Some terms that you will need to know:

  • Bow – is situated at the front of the ship. Balconies will be more susceptible to wind
  • Stern – is the rear of the ship. You will be out of the wind, but there may be some engine noise.
  • Mid-ship – are cabins that are in or near the middle of the ship. These can be more expensive because they are reputed as being more stable, making it less likely to get seasick.
  • Top decks – cabins are near the pool and sun deck making them quite popular but can get noisy.
  • Lower decks – these cabins are located away from public areas, therefore are less noisy, but you will need to take the lift or walk up more stairs.
  • Starboard (right) or Port (left) – finally you will need to decide which side of the ship you want to be on. If you are cruising along coastline you will want to make sure you can see it.

Inside Cabin:

Are located in the interior hallways, so have no windows or portholes. These are the least expensive of the cabins and cater towards the family budget.

Outside Cabin:

These are often the same size as an inside cabin, but are equipped with a porthole or window. If you specifically want a view, make sure to check that there won’t be a lifeboat or any other equipment hindering your window.

Balcony Cabin:

Each cabin comes with its own balcony, most big enough for at least one chair, while others will fit a table and chairs, where you can dine and gaze out over the ocean.

Suites and Penthouses:

These come in many different layouts and sizes, some with balconies, sitting areas and some may even include spa baths and private butlers. Study the deck plan carefully when choosing a suite or penthouse cabin to ensure it is right for you.

TOP 7 CRUISE DESTINATIONS

Cruising options throughout the world are numerous, so your first decision when booking a cruise is where do you want to go?

With beautiful coastlines, interesting destinations and an abundance of cruise lines to choose from on your very own doorstep, you don’t necessarily have to travel far to begin your cruise vacation.

Africa

Africa

There’s no better way to experience the thrills and sights of Africa than on a cruise holiday!

Alaska

Alaska

From the awe inspiring beauty of a glacier field, to the incredibly unique wildlife.

Australia

Australia

It’s a well known fact that Aussie’s love to travel.

Canada/New England

Canada/New England

Old-world architecture, dramatic coastal vistas and pastoral charm.

Caribbean

Caribbean

Experience music and dance as colorful as the reefs.

Europe River Cruise

Europe River Cruise

Medieval castles, cultural festivals and magnificent scenery.

Europe, Mediterranean

Europe, Mediterranean

The very thought of a Mediterranean cruise evokes images of lazy sun-filled days.

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii has been long established as a premier cruise destination.

South Pacific

South Pacific

Uncover the secret destinations as well as the natural splendor of the South Pacific.

Transatlantic

Transatlantic

Embark on an epic voyage across the Atlantic.

CRUISE QUIZ

Q1 - I prefer to spend the majority of my holiday...
  1. Relaxing by the pool
  2. Visiting historic sites
  3. Participating in adventure activities
  4. Exploring the natural environment
Q2 - What kind of climate do you prefer?
  1. Tropical heat
  2. Nice and icy cool
  3. Not really fussed
  4. The weather doesn’t worry me
Q3 - What level of comfort do you prefer on holiday?
  1. Comfortable with a few luxuries
  2. It’s first class all the way
  3. I can live without my hairdryer
  4. Clean and comfortable is OK with me
Q4 - Describe you perfect holiday experience...
  1. Give me time to soak up the sun and party with new friends
  2. Live, laugh and learn is my motto
  3. I’m always on the go and look for a challenge
  4. Holidays are a time to get in tune with nature
Your holiday is your timeto relax from the pressures of everday life. Soaking up the sun, drink in hand garnished with a cocktail umbrella, by the pool or on a beach somewhere exotic is your idea of heaven. You are easy going and enjoy yourself wherever you go, and with your great sense of fun you are sure to meet many new like-minded friends. An Ocean Tropical Climate Cruise is ideal for you, to destinations in the Mediterranean, South Pacific or Caribbean. Great cruise lines for you to consider include Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises or Carnival Cruises.
Your holiday experience is spent exploring new and interesting places while living and learning about their history and culture. You love variety - a myriad of art and history museums, historic architecture, castles and palaces, vineyards and snow capped mountains - on your holiday there is always something to see and do. With all the transport, accommodation and meals taken care of, all you have to do is live, laugh and enjoy yourself. A luxury European River Cruise or Murray River Cruise in South Australia is more your style. Top rated River Cruise companies to consider include Avalon Waterways, Viking River Cruises, APT or Uniworld Boutique Cruise Line.
You are up for anything on a holiday and thrive on an environment that is physically or mentally stimulating - you love a challenge! You are more likely to totally immerse yourself in a culture and look for the out of the way, the roads less travelled. You are easy-going and generally laid-back and like to be able to control where you go and what you see - at least some of the time. An exciting Expedition Style Cruise is the perfect vacation for you. Get up close and personal to nature and visit far flung destinations - the Kimberleys, Antarctica, the Arctic, the Amazon, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and Galapagos. Cruise companies that can take you there include Orion Expeditions and Gap adventures.
While you want to experience the great outdoors in all its glory, you still appreciate your creature comforts. Although you can sometimes get a little restless on a holiday, as long as you have a selection of destinations and a variety of unique experiences within one holiday you’re satisfied - you simply want style with choices! Calling at a selection of ports and destinations, a Northern European Baltic Cruise, an Alaska Cruise (check out the Fire & Ice program) or a New Zealand Cruise is a great holiday for you. Cruise lines that suit your style include Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruise or Royal Caribbean Cruises.

CRUISING FAQ'S

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers. Here are some of the more commonly asked questions about cruising.

Q. What is included in my cruise fare?

Cruising is a very inclusive way to travel. You sail to some amazing destinations, with accommodation in a luxurious cabin, all of your main meals are provided while onboard and you will be entertained throughout - including the use of the ship’s many facilities such as swimming pools, spas, gym, steam rooms and much more!

Q. What do I wear on board?

During the day, casual clothing is the norm for most ships. Once the sun starts to sink below the horizon though, smart casual clothing is required in public areas, including restaurants. Whilst on board there will be at least one formal night - this is your chance to dress up and strut your stuff! Often there will be additional “themed” nights - check out your cruise line’s website to be prepared.

Q. Do I have to ‘tip’ onboard?

Generally gratuities, or tips, are included in the price of your cruise. Your consultant will inform you when gratuities are not included. Although not compulsory, it is customary to thank the staff on board that have offered great service

Q. What is the currency on board?

Your consultant will advise what currency you will require on board at the time of booking. The currency will depend upon the origin of your ship, and the itinerary involved. Most cruise lines have a system available so you don’t need to carry currency, such as a charge card that you may top up on the ship. Alternatively, they may provide you with credit so that you may finalise your bill at the end of your cruise.

Q. If I get sea sick, is there anything that will help me with this?

Larger cruise lines have stabilizers which help with the motion of a cruise ship in the ocean. It is also recommended that you take sea sickness tablets with you. If you still experience motion sickness, the on board doctor will be able to assist.

Q. Do I need Travel Insurance for my Cruise trip?

Definitely! You should not assume ‘it won’t happen to you’ - accidents or illness can happen to anyone. We also recommend taking out your insurance at the point of booking your cruise, this will ensure cover from the point you pay a deposit to the point you arrive home. Travel Insurance is an essential and simple tool for your peace of mind when travelling.

Q. Are there Visas and vaccinations required for my cruise?

We always recommend enquiring about Visa/Vaccination requirements for your destination of travel, upon booking your cruise. Alternatively you can view requirements online at www.passports.gov.au or if you are a New Zealand citizen, refer to www.passports.govt.nz.

Q. What time should I arrive in the city of departure prior to the cruise?

We recommend ensuring your flight arrives no later than 4 hours before your cruise departure time, if not arrive the day prior. This will ensure ample time and that you do not miss your cruise! When flying home after your cruise, ensure your flight departs no earlier than 5 hours after your cruise arrives back in port. Also ensure you double check your arrival/departure times of your flights a day before you depart as airlines can change times or dates of the flights.

Q. I need medication on board, can I take this with me?

Yes, all medical conditions and medication needs to be advised at the time of making your booking. It is also advised to take a few extra days supply, in case of any unforseen delays. There is also a doctor on board if any medical attention is needed.

Q. When will I receive my cruise tickets?

Provided we have received all of your personal details and you have completed your online cruise registration, along with your booking paid in full, then your cruise tickets and information should arrive within 3 weeks prior to your sail date. Some cruise lines will only issue boarding passes, however each cruise line is different. This is a question to ask when your final balance is paid.

Q. How do I find out about shore tours available in each port?

Most cruise lines require you to have registered yourself on their website prior to being able to view available shore tours. Most shore tour information can be found online at the cruise website, some cruise lines even let you pre book these tours. This is s great idea as it saves you time, whilst ensuring you do not miss out!