For some people the thought of cruising conjures up images of elderly couples shuffling around the ship, bland food and mediocre entertainment aimed at the older market. These days have gone, and today, cruises can be enjoyed by everyone, and more importantly are becoming popular with the younger market.

The beauty of a cruise is that you only have to unpack once, while the ship transports you effortlessly to a number of exciting destinations. Generally, while you are enjoying a sumptuous dinner, sipping on drinks in one of the bars, dancing in the nightclub or just sleeping in your stateroom, the ship is smoothly sailing towards your next port of call. It’s a pretty amazing feel to wake up almost every day (depending on your cruise itinerary) in a new place. It’s definitely one of my favourite things about cruising.

When some people think of cruises they think of thousands of people crammed into a small ship with tiny staterooms and nothing to do. This image couldn’t be further from the truth. Obviously, it depends on which ship and cruise line you decide to sail with, but I’ve found that small to mid-sized ships allow you to feel as though there is still plenty of space on-board without too many people. The largest ships in the world at the moment, can carry over 6000 passengers and, for me, this is just too many people. I prefer to sail on ships which hold around 1000 passengers, one of the reasons being that it takes less time to get people on and off the ship in different ports of call. I’ve also discovered that the more modern a ship’s design is, generally the more space it will have, or will appear to have. I love modern ships which have floor to ceiling windows to create a feeling of space, it always allows for some fabulous views!

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People often ask about the food on-board cruises. They question how it can be possible to create great food in a ship’s galley. My answer is always that I’ve had some of the best meals of my life while on-board different cruises. Depending on which cruise company you choose to sail with, dinner on-board can be as relaxed or as formal as you wish. I love cruises which have a mixture of casual, smart casual and formal nights throughout the duration of my holiday. I love any excuse to get dressed up for dinner!

One of the most common things I hear regarding cruising is people complaining that they wouldn’t like to feel any ship movement. It all depends on the size of ship, and area you decide to cruise in. If you’re cruising on a large, modern cruise liner in the Mediterranean in the summer, then you probably won’t feel a thing. Modern cruise ships are equipped with advanced stabliser systems that constantly work to regulate the ship. If however, you decide to cruise across the Atlantic in November, then yes you’re probably going to feel a bit of movement! Use your head when looking at different itineraries and areas and you shouldn’t go too badly wrong.

And if you think you’d get bored easily on a cruise ship, then you’re most probably wrong. There’s so much to do! Most ships have bars, nightclubs, multiple restaurants, theatre shows, shops, cinema experiences, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, gym and dance classes, destination lectures, coffee shops and even casinos. Some of the more surprising things I’ve enjoyed on-board different cruises have been rock climbing walls, golf simulators, acrobatic shows in the centrum and ice shows. Those are definitely some things you wouldn’t expect to see on cruise ships! You can literally decide to do as much or as little as you want whilst on-board, after all, it’s your holiday.

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