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First Cruise Advice and Recommendations

Looking for your first cruise and want some inspiration and help choosing what's right for you? Read our guides and advice.

Cruise holidays have so much to offer travellers, whether it's whisking globetrotters off to multiple destinations without ever having to unpack or feasting on delicious food and wine as you sail past stunning cities and landscapes. As actress Celia Imrie once said, cruising "is the most perfect way to travel… you feel rested, you don't have any jet lag and you can spend the rest of the time saying, 'Hello sailor!'" However, undertaking your first cruise can be daunting as there is lots to think about: How to book a cruise for the first time – direct? Through a travel agent? Now or later?

Alternatively, you might be after a cheap cruise – which cruise cabins are best? What cruise deals are there? Are there any money-saving tips? Maybe you’re stuck on when is best to sail – summer? Winter? Off-peak? And that’s before you’ve even thought about the plethora of cruise lines and cruise ships – P&O? Royal Caribbean? Seabourn? What do all these names really mean? And what's the best first cruise destination? Phew, it’s exhausting just thinking about it! Luckily, we've got all the first time cruise advice you need to organise the very best getaway for those new to cruise.

World of Cruising will help you choose your best first cruise to go on from your first cruise line, whether you’re after a family cruise, solo cruise or adventure cruise to your cruise packing list. We'll also share the best first time cruise advice on booking shore excursions and tackling the nitty-gritty of travel insurance. There’s so much to look forward to when you’ve booked your first cruise and World of Cruising is here to answer your first time cruise questions and sure you get everything you need from your first cruise holiday at sea…and then some!