Neil Down - Answered a Question by mcalinden (11 Aug 07 16:35)

1. Decide what time of year you are liable to go. 2. How long do you want to spend on holiday? 3. How much do you want to spend? Now you are in a position to decide on certain things. My advice would be not to go to the Caribbean between end May until end September because it can be very hot and there is certainly a risk of disruption from hurricanes. However Alaska and the pacific coast of North and Central America would be great as would the Mediterranean. Alaska will give you more sea-days in general than those others. The Med and the Baltic seem to offer more interesting ports during this period but you will find that the late June to late August give you crowds of people to cope with. Late November to March is Caribbean time when it really comes into its own and normally you will get a different port every day after the first and the last day at sea. Australasia is a winter trip and so interesting if you can combine it with a trip down from Singapore or Bangkok. My advice is to go to a travel agents, pick up all the different brochures you can and study them. Then register with cruising specialists on tele-text and the net and ask for specials to be sent to you on a regular basis. Now you should be in a position to make that booking, but beware….CRUISING IS ADICTIVE Neil Down .

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Jardim - Answered a Question by mcalinden (11 Aug 07 15:13)

You should speak to your travel agent. I would recommend that you take a short cruise around the 'med'to familiar you....exereience various sizes and ships as some new ones have great offers, however they carry more passengers.Southampton is a great port to leave from and a few hours away by train..all part of the journey. Fly less and cruise more, Cunard has great special and a new baby launching on the 11th Dec.07..bon voyage.

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Blyth - Answered a Question by mcalinden (11 Aug 07 16:57)

Look at the ports of call listed in the brochure try not to go for ones with 2/3 days at sea, in other words max 1/2 on the whole 10/14 days and each morning you will wake up at another port of call and different things to see and do and most lines offer trips some of which you might be able to look at and even book before you go. Rain forrests; snorkelling; bus tours; scuba diving the list can be quite extensive depending on your ports of call.On board all sorts incluidng entertainment every night; casino; bingo; art auctions on some lines so plenty to keep you amused and more and more offer computing facilties.

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Medley - Answered a Question by mcalinden (11 Aug 07 19:18)

A Med cruise is good for a first cruise experience. The flights will be short so you will have no jet lag to spoil the first couple of days, and you can choose one that takes in several different countries and cultures, with minimum days at sea. Don't rush to book excursions. Print out information on your various ports from internet sources, and quite often you can easily use public transport into cities for sightseeing.

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Lewis 58 - Answered a Question by mcalinden (11 Aug 07 19:26)

The med, greece and turkey, the baltic all good places to start, really it depends what areas you like to see. Be czrful as the trips are usually quite expensive, although in a lot of places you can do your own thing, especially the mediterean boats, but allow time to get back as you dont want to wave the ship out of port. Yes it does happen.

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leaman - Answered a Question by mcalinden (11 Aug 07 20:16)

I would suggest that from late spring to late autumn a med cruise would be good. Every day except for the first day and last day of the cruise you are at a different place. Even carib. cruises in the winter are great cause most days you are at a differ. place. All ages on board usually, although older more prominent. But the hol. is what you make it. Go have a good time and don't worry about any stuffed shirts. Just enjoy yourselves! marsha.

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burdon - Answered a Question by mcalinden (11 Aug 07 22:39)

Hi probably a MEDITERRENIAN CRUISE, to savour the italian, spanish, greek and french cuisines with lots of wonderful sightseeing in rome, pisa, monte carlo, sardinaia, naples etc... p and o usually do about 6 to 7 places in a two week period sometimes more.

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Williams - Answered a Question by mcalinden (13 Aug 07 10:52)

From what you say it sounds as if you want to avoid the holiday camp elements of a cruise and enjoy the variety of countries and cultures you visit. As such I would suggest firstly that you get a cabin with a balcony, so you have your private space and don't have to lie around swimming pools, competing for loungers, listening to canned music and watching party games.(you are called a stuffed shirt if you don't like to do this, by the way) Secondly consider which line to go with - Cunard and Celebrity are more sophisticated in terms of their on board activities and their cuisine - Fred Olsen and Saga more staid but less glitzy - P&O, Royal Carribbean, Princess more for mass appeal. Thirdly possibly consider a cruise from a foreign port which means that you visit closer ports than for example having to go via the Bay of Biscay to the Med. If you see it as a virtue mixing with other cultures then such as Costa go from Venice ( a great set off port)to places such as Dubrovnik, the Greek Isles, Istanbul, Kusadasi for Ephesus, Malta, Tunis and even Libya. We have been to all these places and they were fabulous places for the history and the local food and culture. At the end of the day it is a matter of horses for courses but certainly cruising can offer a whole variety of things to cater for a whole variety of tastes - just make sure you decide what you want first and match yourself to the right cruise line.

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