Cruise Week – a beginner’s guide to cruising

Cruise Week - a beginner's guide to cruising

If you’re new to the world of cruising, there’s no better time than Cruise Week to find a fantastic deal on your first holiday at sea, as members of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) come together with to provide an amazing selection of incredible offers and exciting itineraries.

We understand that those who have never enjoyed a cruise getaway before may be unsure as to what is available and what they can expect once they embark, so read on for a wealth of essential advice and information from our beginner’s guide to cruising.

Destinations & itineraries

What most people looks for first and foremost from a cruise holiday is the perfect itinerary, visiting a collection of destinations that excite and fascinate them personally. There are so many possibilities on a holiday at sea, it can be hard to decide where to go for your first cruise – especially if you don’t have any particular region in mind. If you’ve never cruised before, however, you might consider a taster cruise for your first voyage.

Bruges, Belgium
See Bruges on a taster cruise

A taster cruise is a great way to test the waters and see if a cruise holiday is for you. These shorter voyages usually last around two, three and four nights, departing from the UK and visiting ports around the British Isles as well as nearby destinations including Bruges, Amsterdam and Le Havre. They offer a taste of life on-board and in port, so you can make a more informed decision as to whether the cruising life is for you, without spending too much money on your first voyage.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Visit beautiful Bora Bora in the South Pacific

If you would like to jump straight into the world of cruising, however, there a simply so many options on offer with a host of fabulous cruise lines. Available itineraries can take you all over Europe – including voyages along the Mediterranean as well as trips across Northern Europe to Scandinavia and the Baltic States. You could visit ports throughout North and South America, from Canada and Alaska to Brazil and Argentina, or travel east to Asia, Australasia and the beautiful islands of the South Pacific. You could even venture south to Antarctica to see the icy continent’s unique landscape and majestic wildlife.

Take a look through the wide range of itineraries at to see everything that is currently on offer.

Cruise lines & life on-board

Aside from finding your ideal itinerary, choosing the perfect cruise line for you is important to make sure you enjoy your experience on-board. Cruise ships are packed full of incredible and innovative features, including restaurants, bars, theatres, fitness centres, spas, casinos and much, much more. You’ll also receive attentive and dedicated service from your ship’s crew, whose priority is always your satisfaction.

Deciding which cruise line to set sail with will depend on your preferences, whether you are looking for a fun-filled family holiday at sea or a relaxing break to get away from it all. If you’re travelling with the kids, you should make sure your line has plenty of child-friendly facilities. While most cruise lines offer fantastic kid’s clubs with plenty of activities for younger guests, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line are perhaps the most popular with families, offering an incredible range of activities for people of all ages, including wonderful water parks and surfing simulators. Royal Caribbean’s newest Quantum Class ships even boast sky diving simulators and bumper cars alongside a host of new and groundbreaking features.

Royal Caribbean's Flowrider surf simulator
Royal Caribbean’s FlowRider surf simulator

For a more refined and relaxing experience on-board, a P&O or Cunard cruise could be for you. These sophisticated cruise lines offer classic cruising experiences aboard impressive vessels, aimed at an older demographic. From classy formal nights to elegant dining experiences, you can enjoy a relaxing voyage within peaceful surroundings.

Formal night with Cunard
Ballroom dancing to live music at a Cunard formal night

Whichever kind of cruise you’re looking for, make sure to research your cruise line thoroughly before booking so you know exactly what to expect on-board. If you’d like advice and information from someone with expert knowledge of each cruise line, simply call free on 0808 1234 118 and speak to a member of our experienced Cruise Concierge team.

Deals & incentives

At, we provide an array of fantastic deals throughout the year – and especially during Cruise Week. Our fabulous offers range from reduced prices, discounts and all-inclusive options to marvellous incentives such as free on-board spends, free drinks packages and complimentary flights and transfers.

To find an unforgettable cruise at a unbelievable price, take at look at the wide range of deals available at – or to speak to our Cruise Concierge call free on 0808 1234 118. They will assist you in finding the best deal on your perfect cruise and will be on-hand to help you from your first enquiry up until the end of your voyage.

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Jenni Fielding
Jenni has been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. She fell in love with cruising on her first-ever cruise, a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, during her honeymoon in 2013. Nowadays, Jenni enjoys cruising with her husband and two young children. Her favourite ships are family-friendly megaships which are packed with exciting facilities. She loves sea days and had been known to skip port visits to spend more time on the ship!

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