Embarking on a cruise is a hot new trend, and more people are becoming aware of the many options available for those wanting to set sail and explore the world from the high seas.
If that sounds like you, there are a few simple things to consider before you pack your bags and climb aboard. To get off to a good start, begin thinking about these questions before talking to your travel agent.
What do you want from your cruise?
There's more to cruising these days than simply boarding a magnificent ship and setting off into the sunset. That's a given.
What happens after is up to you. Do you want a luxurious and relaxing cruise, spent sitting on-deck with a cocktail in one hand and book in the other? Or would you prefer to use your water-borne transport to offer you new adventures, waterskiing, kayaking and exploring at each destination?
The variety of cruise packages offers any traveller the trip of their dreams, all you have to do is pick one.
Where to go
This means if you've been meaning to visit a particular country, there is every possibility you will be able to reach it via cruising. Perhaps you will have to stop off at a few equally exciting and interesting destinations on the way there, giving you even more reason to book the excursion.
How long will you be gone for?
Deciding how long to holiday for is often directly related to work and family commitments, so it's important to think about how much time you can take to indulge in a spot of cruising.
Don't be put off by the long schedules of cruise ships, as you can organise to board at various stops, and equally you can leave early when the ship pulls into port. Picking a time frame will help you narrow down exactly which cruise will suit you best.
These are just three simple things to think about when picking your cruise - once you have them sorted, the real fun can begin.