Planning the perfect cruise holiday can quickly become hard work.

Picking the perfect destination, the right cruise line, the ideal cruise ship, drinks packages, and shore excursions can all be tricky. Get it wrong, and your dream experience can instantly shatter.

I have put together my top picks from my experiences as a customer and as a travel writer. I recommend the best cruise ships and itineraries for a range of holidaymakers, including solo travellers, couples, and families. I also suggest tips of things you should definitely book, tips on what is best avoided, and resources worth checking out before you book.

The Wake from Fred Olsen's Balmoral Cruise Lines

5 Cruise Lessons I Learned Sailing With Fred Olsen

I boarded Balmoral as a passenger and left one week later indoctrinated as a member of a close-knit family. Perhaps it was due to the happy, can-do attitude from the crew-members. Or maybe it was the infectious fun and laughter over dinner.

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3-4-3 layout on the British Airways Boeing 747 Flights

Tips on Surviving a Long Haul Flight With a Toddler

I took a toddler on a pair of transatlantic flights – and survived. For an entire year I researched how to cope on a nine-hour British Airways flight from London Heathrow Airport to Miami International Airport.

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Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships Book 2015 Planning

‘Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships’ Book Review

The ‘Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships’ series of books celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Written by Douglas Ward, the book claims to be “the world’s foremost authority on cruising”.

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