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the top 5 reasons for cruising

1. Value for Money 

Cruises offer great value for your dollar because the fares include nearly everything you'll need for a fantastic trip: food, accommodations, use of superb facilities, daytime and evening entertainment and transportation between travel destinations.  

There are so many cruise deals on offer it's hard to keep up. Depending on when and where your crusing you might pay less than  $100 a night for a 4 star cruise experience. That's almost imposible to beat at a standard land based hotel or resort. And on most lines kids fares are discounted when sharing a cabin with two adults. Looking for luxury? Upscale lines are even more inclusive, with alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, gratuities, shore tours, onboard spending credits, and even flights often bundled into the base price. 

2. Multiple Destinations, Unpack Once 

On a cruise, you unpack once and your floating hotel takes you from city to city or from island to island and there's no need to mess with train or ferry schedules, or lug your suitcase along cobblestone streets. Every morning, you'll wake up in a new place. Can't decide between St. Lucia and Barbados, or Italy or Spain? Why choose? Pick an itinerary that visits all the cities on your wish list. 

3. Family Friendly 

From tots to teens, grandparents to grandkids, family cruises are fun for all ages. If you're struggling to find a holiday that your 5, 10 and 15-year-olds will all love -- and that has adult activities, too -- ships have extensive kids' facilities, split by age.

Teens have their own cool hangouts, far away from the play areas for the little ones (and certainly a nice distance from parent-friendly pools and bars). How can you not love a trip that features video games and swimming pools, while offering time for families to be together at dinner or onshore excursions? And parents can even sneak in a romantic dinner alone, by taking advantage of late-night hours in the kids' club. 

4. Travel in Safety 

Always wanted to visit Asia but are nervous about the language barrier? Curious about the Middle East, but nervous about
country customs? A cruise is one of the best ways to see the most exotic and foreign destinations in the world in an easy way.

Itineraries offer calls at major cities and picturesque villages, all of which will be regional highlights, so you don't have to do the research on the best places to visit in an unfamiliar destination. If you're uncomfortable with independent sightseeing in a new locale, simply take a ship's tour with English-speaking guides. Or team up with more experienced travellers you meet online or onboard to share a cab or private guide. 

5. Cruising is Social 

If you love to meet people from around the country -- and the world -- cruising provides a wonderful opportunity to make
new friends. You'll meet people at your dinner table, at the piano bar or by the pool. The person seated next to you might be from Paris, Texas, or Paris, France; London, Ontario, or London, England. Kids can find playmates their own age during youth activities, so they're not always with adults or their older or younger siblings. Looking for Mr. or Ms. Right? There's plenty of examples of long-term relationships beginning during a holiday at sea. On a cruise it's just so easy to meet people you are sure to make new friends.

the top myths of cruising

1. If I book at the last minute I will save a fortune!

Not necessarily. Cruise fares can fluctuate almost on a daily basis depending primarily on supply and demand. If the cruise you're interested in is proving popular then chances are prices won't be reduced and in fact can increase. Alternatively if the sailing is not so popular then some great bargains may be available. If you can avoid the peak summer & school holidays (at your destination) you will also find prices are lower. If you can travel at relatively short notice, and don't mind what type of cabin you're in, then you may indeed save a fortune. But, it's almost impossible to predict in advance which cruises will drop in price and if you decide to wait, you may miss out altogether.(It's a good idea to join our enewsletter for weekly updates on the latest deals and cruise line sales.)

2. Cruise ships are boring

Although this is a common fear of non-cruisers, no one should be bored with cruising. You can be as active or inactive as you like. Cruise ship activities range from working out in a high-tech gym to sitting on the deck and reading a book. You can learn computer skills, a foreign language, how to play bridge, or how to dance. You can enjoy Las Vegas-style entertainment or a classical pianist. Many cruise ships spend all day in port, so you can explore all the fascinating parts of the world. Plus of course there's plenty of great people on board to enjoy time with.

3. Cruise ships are packed with party people, or old people

Most mainstream cruises are marketed to multi-generational families and attract people of all ages and demographics. Although you'll find partiers on a cruise ship, you will also find teetotalers, passengers of all cultures, races, and ages. The one thing all cruisers have in common is a love of travel and having fun, which doesn't necessarily equal wild partying. As a general rule the longer the cruise the older the average age of passenger.

4. You can get the best deals by going direct to the cruise line

Cruise specialists like Smooth Sailing Cruises often receive prices unavailable to general travel agents and as such are better than what even the cruise line themselves are offering. And we utilise our buying power to leverage advantages like group allotments and onboard credits. Pricing is easy to compare, but the value of each offer isn't as obvious. By booking through a cruise specialist you'll be sure to get the best bang for your buck!

5. All cruises are equal

While a cruise ship may seem to have a fairly standard layout, you'd be surprised at all the differences between cruise lines and their fleet. Some are geared toward a specific age group or interest. Some are considered luxury lines while others may be more family friendly. Your Personal Cruise Expert can assist you in finding the best fit for you.

6. Cruise ships are crowded

There is always a quiet corner to read a book or be alone with your partner on a cruise ship. It's almost uncanny how it can be possible on a ship with over 3000 passengers, but generally speaking you won't feel crowded. The only times this may be the case is at times like checking in or waiting for a tender boat, but even then it is no more so than most hotels, restaurants, or resorts. And if you truly don't like crowds then luxury cruise ships have plenty of space per passenger and many spacious common areas.

special occasions

If you're celebrating a special event or just want to get the extended family together then a cruise is the perfect opportunity. Travelling as a group brings its own special touch to any holiday, but can be challenging to organise and manage. On a cruise you can have the best of both worlds. You might do your own thing during the day and catch up over dinner, or you might prefer to have your group together for the entire trip through organised events. Cruise ships love to host special events and they have the ability to accommodate almost any request an event coordinator may have.

Some of the most popular special events and groups onboard a ship include:

Birthdays; Graduations; Honeymoons; Family Reunions; Weddings & Anniversaries; Special interest groups such as Lawn Bowls, Bridge Clubs, Sporting Clubs, Church Groups and many more.

And if you travel in a group of 8 or more cabins there can be some great benefits including free travel for your group leader, onboard credits for every cabin, or other enticing amenities. To find out more about the benefits of travelling as a group go to our Group Travel page.

> Why take a cruise?

Find out why cruising is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry


> Choosing the right cruise 

Selecting the right cruise line and ship for you


> How cruise pricing works

Confused by all the different pricing available? We can help


> Check-in & Boarding 

Get your holiday started



> Life onboard

What to expect once your cruise holiday starts

> Preparing for your cruise

Now your booked, what's next?




When is the best time to cruise?

Cruises are available year round, and in most areas throughout the world. The best time for you will depend on where you want to go. Cruising in Australasian waters is fantastic year round, however some other destinations are seasonal. For example, the Alaska cruise season is between May and September, or in Europe most cruises operate between April and November.

What exactly are port taxes?

Port taxes vary according to each cruise and are associated with incidental costs such as pilotage entering and leaving ports, costs incurred while in port such as stevedoring, waste removal, and payroll for port-related functions. These costs are typically included in the total cruise cost and as such are reflected in any advertised price.


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