CONSIDERING A CRUISE? FIVE THINGS YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW

THERE IS A CRUISE TO SUIT ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE. Cruises International (cruises.co.za) represents the best cruise lines in the world, and they will have exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you simply want to be spoilt rotten, or you’re an adventurer looking for an expedition, a culture buff looking for history or art, a foodie in search of top-class cuisine, a romantic seeking perfect sunset strolls, a parent wondering what on earth to do with your kids, a solo traveler looking for just the right amount of inclusion – whatever you like, you will find it at sea: there are different cruise ships and companies specialising in everything you can imagine.

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IT IS MORE AFFORDABLE THAN YOU THINK. It seems like a huge outlay, but it isn’t, because everything is included. When you take into account the flights, the accommodation, the food, the drinks, the entertainment… everything that is included in the price of your ticket, you will be surprised how far your money is stretching. There are also often last-minute bargains to be had: if you are free to travel on any dates, keep an eye out for those.

YOU WON’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH TIME YOU SAVE. All that waiting around at airports, sitting in buses, hailing taxis, queuing up in customs, packing and unpacking, dragging suitcases up and down narrow European flights of stairs, checking in and checking out… none of that happens. It is unbelievably relaxing to have all that stress taken away.

YOU WILL MEET REALLY INTERESTING PEOPLE. Everyone on board has a story, not just the passengers. There are 100 people working in the galley on board the Symphony, for example, and they’re from 50 different countries. Then there are the rest of the crew, who are all extremely well traveled and very knowledgeable about the countries they’ve visited, the lecturers at the on-board university, the artists and entertainers and, naturally, the other guests. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people.

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