Beverages keep on flowing when you buy a drinks package on your cruise holiday. But those seemingly unlimited drinks from the bars and restaurants come with a hefty initial cost.
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.
When it comes to hitting many different locations over the course of one holiday, luxury cruises are second to none.
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.
The Caribbean is a great big playground, and Carnival’s shore excursion brochure lives up to this image. Before I flew out to Miami for my Carnival Breeze cruise, I scoured through the options to see what excitement awaited me.
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.
Can pregnant women sail on a cruise ship? Yes, expectant mothers can sail on a cruise ship but normally only until their 24th week of pregnancy.
I quizzed wildlife presenter and enthusiast Nigel Marven about his new television series called ‘Cruise Ship Adventures’.
Earlier this year I stumbled across a book entitled ‘Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line’.
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”.
On my first family cruise with a seven-month-old, I took a medium-sized suitcase just for him. I blindly packed for every eventuality.
Based in Sussex, Roger Mallock is a Fellow of the Institute of Travel and Tourism and has over 50 years experience in the travel industry. He works freelance as a travel broadcaster, tour manager, speaker, and presenter.