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Is a Cruise Right for You?

Deciding whether or not to take a cruise holiday this year? If you’re new to the seas, this is the perfect guide to find out whether a cruise is right for you. Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions below, and why cruises are becoming an increasingly popular choice for Irish holidaymakers!

Will I get seasick?

The cruise holiday scene has changed quite a bit over the years, and on today’s ships, you’d hardly know you’re at sea. These modern ships provide a smooth ride, so guests of all comfort levels will find no issues with queasiness. Those new to cruises can hardly believe they’re sailing, until they see the incredible views of course.

What happens on the days we’re sailing?

Whether you’re looking to lounge by the pool, catch some shows or indulge in some pampering, these floating resorts are equipped with more activities and amenities you’ll be able to name! Each different liner has a rage of options for all holiday styles, so it’s easy to find a ship that works for your trip. See some of the options below:

Nightlife

Whether you’re looking to dance, gamble, watch a show or a movie, many cruise lines offer a wide variety of programming just for you. Many on holiday make great friends and even plan their next cruise with couples and families from a previous adventure!


Activities

Kids and adults alike can experience rock climbing, surfing, jet skiing and more on board many ships, along with more traditional activities like tennis, swimming and more. If sports are not your thing, you can always relax on deck or catch a movie!

 

Entertainment

The biggest cruise liners all rival each other to put on the greatest show at sea. Whether you’re into music, comedy or dance, you’ll find world-class entertainment most evenings, with some liners even offering the chance to watch performances by Cirque du Soleil!

Spa

It’s easy to make time for some pampering whilst at sea.

Many ships offer spa facilities to rival the biggest hotels, offering spa treatments, sport & fitness centres, saunas and more, so you’ll finish your trip feeling great!

Are cruises family friendly?

Many cruise companies pride themselves on offering ships suitable for all ages, or cater directly for families. Most cruise ships will provide supervised workshops, activity centres, shows and more for the kids, so you can rest assured they’re safe whilst you spend some quality time watching one of the many shows or relaxing poolside. Most will even provide programming for different ages, meaning your teen won’t be stuck with activities that don’t interest them, and young kids won’t be exposed to more mature themes. For adults, you’ll have a wide range of shows and entertainment options  to coincide with children’s events, so you don’t have to worry about their entertainment or safety. The cruise line’s dedicated professionals will make sure they’re having fun!

Almost all cruise lines will feature fun for the whole family. Whether this is theme dinners or family packages for adventures or attractions, you’re sure to have a great time with your kids!

Are cruises more expensive than a normal holiday?

Most people blow the budget when they go on holiday. Once you’ve found the right hotel and transport, then, you’ll also need to save for food and drinks whilst you’re there, and this doesn’t even begin to cover entertainments.

If you’re looking for a more affordable way to get away,  you won’t find better packages than cruise holidays. Most ships are now all-inclusive, offering lodging, food and, of course, adventure, which means although you might have a higher up-front cost, you won’t run into more and more expenses as your holiday progresses, and will ultimately save much more by not falling into the tourist traps abroad. Pay once and you’re ready to set sail! What’s even better, most cheap cruises offer fly-cruise options, where for one price you’ll get your flight and and cruise organised direct from Ireland! In many ways, this points to one of the most attractive features of cruise holidays.

The other Benefits of Cruises:

No planning needed!

Climb aboard your cruise liner, set sail and enjoy how you wish! Cruise lines take care of all of the activities and destinations offered so you can get the most out of your cruise holiday without the stress of planning or having to choose what to do. You’ll be dropped off exactly where you want to visit, so you won’t have to worry about finding your own transportation arrangements. Destinations even know that your cruise is coming to port, so they’ll arrange for great deals at local attractions!

Round the clock service!

In all-inclusive cruises, it’s the mission of the cruise line to cater to you. Many even offer amenities and services 24 hours a day, meaning that your schedule is most important, so you can eat whenever you like, grab a drink whenever you like, or even order room service around the clock! Cruise companies pride themselves on offering a decadent experience. After all, they’re not only competing with other lines. These luxury liners compete with the best resorts in the world.

Exotic locations!

Whether you’re embarking on a cruise through the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, you’re sure to be captivated by beautiful waters, pristine beaches and memorable sunsets. Most resorts can cost upwards of twice as much as a cruise that can offer much of the same amenities. All-inclusive cruises also allow guests to experience several locations. That means your Caribbean or Mediterranean cruise can offer even more beauty all at a more affordable price! Get lost in the culture, history and among the people of these stops while being able to enjoy the comforts of home back on board!

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a tropical adventure or a fun filled family vacation, there is a holiday for you aboard a cruise. You’ll be sure to have an amazing time experiencing the world’s most incredible places and your cheque book will thank you at the end of it!

 

Considering booking a cruise? Find out more about our cruise deals here.

 

 

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