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Luxury caribbean cruise

Our top cruising tips

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Whether looking for a large cruise liner with extensive facilities or a small and intimate ship, here are our top cruising tips, gleaned from passengers and crew who have enjoyed sailing the seven seas and life on board the likes of Cunard, P&O, Princess, Celebrity Cruises, Thomson and Royal Caribbean International. Make Friends... As soon as you embark, make friends with the ship’s crew as they will be a great source of information on what to do in the ports of call (especially if they are doing it on a regular seven-day route). They can advise on where the best shops, restaurants and beaches are located. Sometimes you’ll hear of out-of-town shopping centres that are a taxi ride away, but you’ll get better bargains, especially as some shopkeepers have been known to put prices up when ships are in port! Location, Location, Location... If you are choosing a ship which offers balcony cabins, then it’s well worth paying that little extra for a room with an outside space. There’s nothing quite like standing on your balcony and watching the world cruise by outside. It can also offer a calming and quiet respite from busy decks especially on a sea day. Sailaway... One of the highlights of cruising has to be being out on deck as the ship sails into or out of port. This is an experience not to be missed, especially if leaving the likes of Hong Kong, Sydney, Miami, San Francisco or New York or as they all have amazing vistas or bridges to go under. The smaller Caribbean islands and ports in Alaska are equally awe-inspiring. Eat Later... While dining on cruise ships is now far more flexible, many still offer a first and second sitting. Unless you like to go to bed early, opt for the second sitting as it will give you far more time to enjoy your day without the need to rush to get changed for dinner. It also allows for that all important aperitif in one of the ship’s bars! Celebrity Chefs... Many of the celebrity chefs such as Marco Pierre White, James Martin and Gary Rhodes have teamed up with cruise lines to create at-sea eateries. While you are likely to have to pay a supplement for these restaurants, it’s a great way to enjoy a celebrity chef or Michelin-starred experience for a fraction of the price. They do get booked up quickly, so try to see the Maître d’ of the restaurant as soon as you get on board in order to get the preferred day and timing for your meal. Camera Shy? Don’t shy away from the ship’s photographers. OK, so they might be a bit persistent, but you don’t have to pay to have your photograph taken – just if you buy the photo. When onboard, if you have a formal night or you’ve made an effort to dress up, then a large photograph is a lovely memento to have. They can stunt up the background, put on the soft focus lens and show you how to make the best of your pose. Avoid long queues on formal night by turning up early or waiting until the second sitting have filtered through to the restaurants. Shop Till You Drop... There are some great tax-free bargains to be found on board with excellent shops offering everything under the sun from clothes and jewels to perfume, toys and fine art. Every day there will be a promotion of some kind so if you have your eye on something in particular then ask which day it might be available at a special deal. Traditionally there will be 10% off fine gems, watches and t-shirts in the early part of the cruise in order make the most of cross-selling. For tobacco and liquor, the promotions are usually be on the last day. Let Me Entertain You... The on board entertainment is free! So whether you fancy watching a West End theatre show, a comedian, listening to a pianist, joining in on a quiz show or learning to dance then the ship is your oyster. And remember, you don’t have to find a taxi home, just the nearest lift to take you to your deck and then it’s a short stroll to your cabin where you can be lulled to sleep as your ship cruises to your next port of call!
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