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15th April, 2019

A guide to choosing a cruise

A woman standing on deck looking out to sea at the sun sets

Cruising is a fabulous way to see multiple destinations. What could be more wonderful than sailing into port at your desired cities, watching land grow closer, before disembarking to explore? Approaching dream destinations by sea gives us a whole new perspective on a place – one of historic exploration. It’s no surprise, that so many of our customers are cruise passengers.

Allegedly choosing a cruise is more complicated than selecting a resort. With a resort, you are picking one destination. With a cruise, it’s a whole travel itinerary of destination-combinations, which vary greatly. What to pick depends on personal choice and ability.

Need a little help deciding? Here are some useful tips on what to consider when choosing a cruise:

Pace

Although cruising speed may vary, we are referring to the pace of itinerary. Some cruises are short and sweet such as mini cruises, which are more suited to the first-time cruiser. European cruises are perfect for this – offering short stints of sailing between ports. More experienced cruisers, or those who just want to relax, may prefer longer cruise itineraries, with greater stretches of sailing between ports. Our Canada cruises are popular longer cruises, leaving passengers free to explore the ship’s restaurants and bars, relax on the sun-deck or enjoy some indulgence in the spa as they cross the Atlantic.Weather

Climate plays a big part when deciding on a suitable holiday and cruising is no different. Sun worshippers are drawn more to Caribbean cruises and Mediterranean cruises, to soak up some seriously good weather, whereas those who like a good cold snap, might prefer cruising the Arctic Circle in Iceland or Norway. Our Wild About Iceland cruise is a discovery of fire and ice as you explore volcanic moonscapes and icy waters, where a surprising array of wildlife lurks.

Distance

Not a fan of flying? No fly cruises leave from, and return to the UK, with departures from Dover, Southampton and Portsmouth. Cruises from the UK include a complimentary VIP door-to-door chauffeur service, abolishing the need to book public transport and parking. If you prefer to drop straight into a far-flung destination, fly and stay cruises are great for long-haul cruising with short, sweet itineraries.

Price

Price is a leading factor when choosing a cruise and price tag, like any other holiday, is largely dependent on distance, duration and inclusions. However, different options are available to work with your needs. If you want to take care of all costs ahead of travel, all-inclusive cruises only require you to bring spending money when on land. It’s also always worth keeping a look out for cruise offers – you never know when your dream cruise might be eligible for savings!

Experiences

Your onboard experience is an important part of the picking of a cruise holiday, but so too is the experience onshore. Your ideal package could well be determined by dream travel experiences, like seeing the Northern Lights or walking barefoot on the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean. Culture vultures might enjoy cruises in the Baltic, whereas those with a penchant for stunning scenery could scratch their visual itch on a Norway Rocks cruise.

Our cruises include as many excursions as possible, whilst keeping the price competitive, but there is of course a range of optional excursions available to enrich your cruise experience further.

For more assistance, call our cruise experts on 0800 096 0079.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.