MANY of the advantages of a cruise holiday are noted here by australiancruisingnews.com
ALL-INCLUSIVE accommodation, food and entertainment paid before leaving home.
BIG SHIPS, some with 3000-plus passengers, are floating resorts with activities galore.
CABINS are surprisingly roomy with flat screen TV and en-suite facilities.
DESTINATIONS span the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic, taking in a wealth of tropical and cool climate ports of call.
EXPEDITION ships cruise to remoter places large ships cannot access.
FOOD is available 24/7 in a wide range of restaurants and cafes on board,
GETTING to meet new friends at meals, at the bar, during on board activities and while on shore excursions.
HOW long a cruise lasts depends on how much time a person has available. Some cruises are 10 days or less while world cruises can last 100-plus days.
INTER-generational families – grandparents, parents, and the kids – all find activities to suit on the larger ships.
JUNIOR joins on board club activities to give parents a break.
KNOWLEDGE of ports to be visited is best researched before leaving home as it adds to the land experience.
LUGGAGE is restricted on flights, but laundries and shops on cruise ships help expand the wardrobe.
MORE destinations make final decisions on which cruises to book far more difficult.
NEVER ignore an anniversary while cruising as the entertainment crew make sure it becomes a memorable occasion.
OPENING the world to timid travellers is a big bonus of today’s cruise boom.
PASSENGERS on a cruise can do as little or as much as they want.
QUEUE jumping rarely happens as there is plenty of room in dining areas, in theatres, and at venues for group activities on board.
RIVER cruises navigate inland waterways for insights into rural life as well as big city action.
SHOWS on cruise ships range from Broadway productions to classical concerts, karaoke, and talent shows.
TIPPING is often part of the all-inclusive fare.
UNPACK once with no repacking until disembarkation at the final port of call.
VALUE-for-money is a big factor in booking a cruise.
WORLD-wide ports keep opening to attract serial cruisers.
XPENSE depends on the cruise ship so check what is included before booking.
YACHT-style ships with billowing sails offer a different experience to traditional cruise ships.
ZODIACS on expedition ships carry passengers to places that are otherwise inaccessible.