Cruise holidays are no longer the sole domain of the rich and famous as they are increasingly becoming an affordable and desirable alternative to the conventional resort based vacation. Whether you want to cruise in Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, or maybe perhaps an Arctic excursion for the trip of a lifetime, there are things you can do to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable experience that will see you taking take a cruise time and time again.

01Do Your Research

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Think ahead about what size ship you want to be on. Do you want to be on a ship aimed at a more low key experience or are you looking for a party experience or maybe something in between? Various preferences can be catered for. In addition, what ports of call are important to you? Are you looking for Caribbean dream with exquisite beaches and sheer blue water, or the enchanting historical treasures of the Mediterranean? You might opt for something completely different like an Arctic cruise. Think about what you want both on the ship and off and plan accordingly.