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10 Tips for Planning a Perfect Cruise Holiday

Knowing which cruise line or cruise ship, or itinerary to go for is a really difficult choice. More international ships are calling in, or departing from Australia and New Zealand than ever before, making the decision on which cruise to book even harder.

As Australia prepares for its biggest cruise seasons ever, we have tried to provide you with a few thoughtful tips to help you choose the right cruise for your next holiday.

1. Research

Take a moment to think about your perfect cruise holiday and decide how much time you have, how much you can spend and who you will travel with. This will make it much easier to decide which cruise holiday is for you!

2. Ship

Modern day cruise ships come in all shapes and sizes offering a wide variety of cruise holidays to suit everyone, from small luxury vessels cruising Europe's rivers to megaliners offering a huge choice of onboard activities like rock climbing and dance lessons.

Check out our guide to the many Cruise Lines & their ships that we have compiled to help you choose.

3. Destination

If you have a particular destination in mind, chances are that there's a cruise ship that goes there. As the popularity of cruising holidays grows, so too do the number of destinations that ships visit each year - from unspoilt South Pacific ports, to the historic cities of Europe and the exotic cities of Asia.

4. Season

Compare your availability with the best time to travel to your preferred destination. Places like Alaska are only accessible during the Australian winter, others like the Caribbean are great to cruise to year-round, while kids love to travel with playmates the same age during school holidays.

Check out our guide to the Cruising Seasons here.

5. Knowledge

Make sure you speak with a cruise expert to help you organise your dream cruise. Our qualified and experienced staff are looking forward to helping you plan your ideal cruise.

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6. Cabins

When it comes to your accommodation requirements, think about what sort of holiday you want. If you plan to spend little time in your cabin, opt for a smaller, inside cabin and take the savings with you as extra spending money. A larger cabin might suit a longer voyage or for a little luxury, choose a private balcony and soak up the incredible views.

7. Dress

Cruise passengers often look forward to the chance to dress up on their holidays. Some cruise lines have very casual dress codes while others can be quite classy, particularly on formal nights. It's a good idea to check dress codes for the cruise ship you select.

8. Deals

Book as far in advance as possible to get the best deals and choice of cabin on your cruise holiday. And don't forget if you are traveling with a group of friends or family there may be special group deals. cruiseworldwide.travel certainly have a range of specially negotiated departures at exclusive prices.

9. Packages

Cruise lines offer a host of services designed to take the stress out of planning your holiday and save you money. Many will offer special deals on flights and accommodation in the cities where your cruise begins or ends, as well as transfers to the ship.

10. Paperwork

Taking out comprehensive travel insurance is a must to ensure any hassle-free holiday. Before you book, make sure your passport is current for at least six months after the date you return home and also check with cruiseworldwide.travel if any visas are necessary.

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