Everything is better on a cruise. Read Anthony’s Traveller Story here.
Cruising was truly one of the highlights of my travelling life! Everything, from start to finish, was amazing. The boarding process seemed a bit daunting but luckily we arrived early and were on the ship, sitting by the pool and sipping cocktails while we watched our fellow passengers board. And then we were off! The adventure had begun. Cruising out of Venice was a sight to behold, it was a unique experience to see the city from that perspective
The ship itself was amazing, a variety of restaurants and bars, with a casino and theatre hosting a different show every night. Food, drinks and snacks were plentiful. There was a steady supply throughout the day and we were truly spoilt for choice. Every evening was a fine dining experience with a different menu and wine pairing. And if you can even fit it in, and I could, there was a midnight sandwich station full of different rolls, breads, toppings and fillings.
For me, the true highlight of cruising was waking up in a new town every day and getting to explore something different without the schlep of having to carry our luggage around with us. On our cruise we got to visit three different countries, from the comfort of a hotel that travels with you. And if you do not feel like going out every day, don’t worry, there is at least one day at sea in almost every cruise itinerary.
If I could give any tips they would be:
- Get Up Early! Get up, eat breakfast and get off the ship before the tours start to depart. Almost everything you could want to see is walking distance from the port. We were often back on the ship before the tour groups and skipped all the queues, they can be horrifically long.
- Take comfortable walking shoes. You won’t realise how much walking you are going to do until you start to explore. A good pair of sneakers and you should be fine.
- Get an international driver’s license if you want to explore on wheels. Many of the ports offer scooter or quad bike rental. No license means no chance of hiring one of these.
- Use your opportunities to explore! It’s an extensive trip and by day 5 you are going to be more than feeling it. Push through and make the most of every second. And be early to skip queues and unnecessary waiting around. Time is so valuable. I missed the ship for days after the cruise and wish I had taken more advantage of what was on offer.