Buckley - Answered a Question by Cosgrove (03 Jul 08 12:39)

Hi Any 7night or longer would be fine Pick a good agent and would personally look at Celebrity, Royal Caribbean,and P&O in that order.But decide or have in mind a destination or area you wish to visit and do you want a large resort ship or something a bit less hectic,may be adult only,thats where the experience of the agent comes in and of course who much do you wish to spend?This site has a free phone number and there is an agent in not far from you on 08001630164 we have used them but plenty of them out there.Best of luck?

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David Powell - Answered a Question by Cosgrove (02 Jul 08 16:21)

Hello A lot of people get hooked on cruising with a mini cruise. A lot of the major cruise lines now offer 2 to 7 day cruises and I'm sure this would be a good way to start. If you're going from a UK port however, you may have to contend with the English Channel or the bay of Biscay, both of which can be a bit choppy to say the least! Probably a good idea to try a 2 or 3 day mini cruise from the Uk in the summer months. Alternatively try a fly cruise direct to the sun for 7 days! all the best David Powell travel journalist.

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by Cosgrove (02 Jul 08 16:23)

If you are not sure a mini cruise out of Southampton or Dover might be best to see how you take to it. You could even look at a Barcelona option and a few days stay in a hotel there it is a lovely place to see. If you did this then hotel first and cruise second, we once did it the other way and never again going from a great cruise to staying in a hotel just no comparison.

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Burrows - Answered a Question by Cosgrove (02 Jul 08 21:39)

Firstly, I would not recommend a 2 night mini-cruise as a taster. Just read the majority of the Norwegian Jade reviews for their latest efforts. They are more akin to a cross channel ferry trip than a cruise! No sooner have you got onboard and unpacked, then it is time to repack and prepare to disembark (always a less than enjoyable experience!) It is a real bun fight for the most part! One of the most enjoyable parts of a cruise is exploring a new ship at your leisure. Not to mention chilling out at the ports of call! My first cruise was an NCL 14 nighter to the Caribbean, but I learnt a lot from that! My suggestion would be 4 to 7 nights from a UK port that is reasonably easy for you to get to. I think Middleton is in Manchester isn't it? So maybe Liverpool or Newcastle would be ideal? I am spoilt, and live in Southampton about 15 minutes from the cruise terminals, so personally I would choose a P&O 4 nighter to Amsterdam and Brussels, or a 7 night cruise down to La Rochelle and Lisbon. A "no fly" holiday is what cruising is all about to me! On a 4-7 night cruise you will get to experience ALL aspects of cruising, including the Captains cocktail party and formal/theme nights! Occasionally bad weather is encountered on cruises, you cannot avoid it always, and is just one more experience involved with serious cruising. If the thought of bad weather frightens you, then it shouldn't! Don't be tempted by obviously CHEAP offers, as there is usually a reason for this. Get as much information as you can including cruise brochures, cruising guides and destination info. I would choose a British orientated cruise line to start with. This will make you feel more at home than a foreign ship. I could go on for ever, but will leave it there for now! Please feel free to post any questions you have at any time, and I am sure that someone will do their best to answer them. Happy cruising.

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John - Answered a Question by Cosgrove (03 Jul 08 07:41)

We got the cruise bug last year with a 7 day trip to Norway, Denmark and Holland. I was concerned that I woould be bored on a cruise ship. However, I loved every moment and am hooked. If you see a cruise that you really like book it, go and enjoy. We considered a two night taster, and I think the advice of Mr/ Mrs Burrows on this seems very sensible.

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