Are you still undecided about cruise? Are you unsure whether it's for you? We hear it quite a lot but more & more people of all ages are taking a chance...and loving it!
Meet Sinead & Joe, a young couple in their 30's from Dublin who also had never been on a cruise but despite being unsure what to expect they decided to try it... for their honeymoon!! They sailed from Rome around the Mediterranean last October on Royal's Harmony of the Seas with a short stay at the start and at the end of their cruise in Rome. We caught up with them to reminisce and reflect on their first cruise...
** Why did you choose to cruise? We chose a cruise because we wanted to see a few different places In a short space of time. Joe doesn't like flying so we thought the idea of a cruise would be perfect for us!
** What preconceived ideas did you have? Were they / were any of them true? Neither of us knew what to expect but we both thought the age group would be quite a lot older than us which wasn't the case at all! It was very mixed! We thought there would be lots of entertainment (which there was!). We also hoped there would be plenty of choice of food...This was definitely true!!! (A cruise is a foodies heaven!! - Ed)
** How did you enjoy the cruise, what surprised you? We both had an amazing time. So relaxing! When you arrive at all the different ports it's just all so easy to get on and off the ship. I was 21 weeks pregnant and the cruise meant if I felt like going back to cabin I could. We had freedom to do as we wished! The staff on board the ship could not have been more helpful, the service was fantastic!
** Would you recommend a cruise to someone and why? We would definitely recommend a cruise. Once you're on the ship you unpack your case and don't have to worry about packing again but you're going from one country to another! You wake up each morning in a new place. You're told what time the ship will dock so you can go up to the deck and see the next country you'll be spending time in. 😁 As I said I was pregnant and it was a lovely way to travel without having to worry about all the stresses of travelling like dragging cases through stations or airports!
Would you recommend to someone to use an agent?
**I would definitely recommend using an agent!! Myself and Joe decided to stay a couple of nights in Rome before and after the cruise (one day is not enough time to see this amazing city! (We definitely agree with Joe & Sinead on this - Ed). Jonathan in Topflight arranged our hotels (which were both central and reasonably priced) and our transfers to and from the airport in Rome. They were fab city cars and it just took so much of the stress of travelling to a new city away. This was all included in the upfront price when booking the cruise so there was no hidden extras.
We will definitely be going on another cruise in the not too distant future we hope.
So, there you have it! Thanks Sinead & Joe! 😊
What's more you don't have to go on the worlds biggest ship to enjoy cruising, there are so many ships and cruise lines so there is something to suit everyone's tastes... If you're unsure where to start then we're here to help and there are some fantastic agents out there too who can go through everything with you!
Try it... you might like it!