This blog is a continuation of Choosing a Destination – Part One, so take a read of that if you’ve not already before you crack on with this one.
If you’ve followed that advice, you’ll see that in that post I looked through some of the factors you need to take into consideration if you’re trying to find a destination for your cruise holiday. If your only certainty is that you want to take a cruise then you’ll have quite the decision to make as to where you decide to go.
#4 Excursions & Attractions
Different parts of the world have more of a leaning to different types of attraction, of course, so it’s worth considering what kind of activities interest you when you’re looking into where to go. If you’ve always wanted to give water sports a try, or you just want to get away to a tropical beach, then the Caribbean might be one to consider.
There are of course plenty of other things to do in the region, including exploring volcanoes, plantations, villages and more, but water sports and beaches are the two main things the area is known for. Maybe you’ve an interest in the history of Europe, and the Mediterranean appeals, or you want to explore the unique cultures of the Far East. Checking the typical excursions can give you real insight into whether a region is right for you.
#5 Travel Time
This is linked to a couple of previous points, including how easily you get bored and who you’re travelling with, but initial travel time is worth considering as if you’ve far to travel before your holiday even begins, depending on your personality you may think it’s not worth the journey. Some people would rather book a cruise out of the UK, leaving no hassle for flights, but if you want to go out there and explore the Far East, Hawaii or Australasia, you’ve very little choice other than long-haul flying on at least one leg of your trip.
Of course, if you’re still indecisive, and you’ve got the available time and money, there’s always the world cruise option. Despite the name, world cruises don’t always cover the entire globe, but they will incorporate at least two major regions, to give you a more varied itinerary and a mix of things to see and do. So maybe you’ll see the Mediterranean and the Middle East, or explore northern Europe before crossing the Atlantic and seeing the Caribbean.
There are some cruises that do circumvent the globe, and these are the ultimate if you can’t pick a destination. Just visit everywhere over the course of a number of months, and you’ll uncover the whole wealth of treasures that each different region holds, on the holiday of a lifetime.
By Ian Lewis