Learn what to look for when picking a cruise


Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or it’s your first time, you need to consider a range of factors to ensure you select the best ocean cruise for you.  If you need a little help picking a cruise and narrowing down your options, here are some of the most important things to consider.

What size cruise ship do you want to travel on?

Today, there are so many cruise lines available. While they differ in a variety of ways (more on this later), size is probably the most obvious.

The largest cruise ship – currently Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas – carries more than 5,500 guests in 2,759 staterooms. While this seems like a huge number of people, these cruise lines are designed to minimise any sense of crowding.  These large ships have an enormous range of activities on board to cater for everyone – casinos, zip lines, waterslides, rock climbing walls and more.

If this isn’t your style, there are many other cruise lines that are far more intimate. One of the most luxurious, Seadream Yacht Club, houses just over 100 guests with an almost 1:1 guest to staff ratio, allowing for a more far personalised voyage.

Of course, most cruise lines fit somewhere between these two polar opposites.  You can be sure to find the right size ship based on your travel preferences.

Discover how to pick a cruise.Whether you want to surround yourself with fellow travellers or travel on a more intimate voyage, the choice is yours!

What is your preferred style of cruising?

Would you prefer a relaxed and casual atmosphere on board, or picking a cruise ship that’s on the more sophisticated side of the spectrum? Each cruise line has its own distinct “style” and knowing this is extremely important before signing on the dotted line. After all, you want to feel comfortable and confident in your surroundings and cruise companions at all times.

On a more formal cruise line such as Cunard, you may be expected to dress up in the evenings and Gala nights on board require black tie. On a more casual cruise line, such as P&O, there may be less chances to play dress up – and you can often expect a younger crowd. There is a style of cruise to suit everyone, so ask an agent at Mary Rossi Travel to find the best line for your needs.

Find out how to pick the best cruise for you.Having an idea in mind of your desired cruise destination is key for narrowing down options.

Where do you want to go?

When it comes to picking a cruise, you’ll likely have an idea of where you’d like to explore. Do you fancy spending your time cruising the Mediterranean coastline or would you prefer to tick Antarctica off your bucket list? Once you’ve narrowed your decision down, you can begin looking into the cruise lines that will take you there, then the specific itineraries of interest and desired duration.

Thankfully, nowadays, there are cruise lines that visit pretty much every corner of the earth, so you’re almost guaranteed to find a cruise ship that will take you to your dream destination!

Still stuck? Pop in to sit down with an experienced cruise expert at Mary Rossi Travel who can offer great insight, so you can feel confident with whatever decision you make.

How long do you want to travel for?

There is a great choice when it comes to itinerary length. Most cruises are between 7-14 days duration, however there are some options that are significantly longer than this. One example is Seabourn’s 146 Day World Cruise in 2020 visiting 62 ports, 36 countries and 5 continents!

When it comes to selecting how long you’d like to spend on your cruise, you may need to factor in your budget, the season of your travel, any annual leave limitations and other considerations back home – such as having someone available to mind the pets and water the garden while you’re away!

Ultimately though you will be influenced by the set itineraries from the cruise lines themselves. Cruise lines meticulously plan the length of their cruise itineraries to ensure you enjoy the best blend of sight-seeing, adventure and relaxation all within a carefully calculated time period.

No matter what type of cruise floats your boat, know that the team at Mary Rossi Travel can always help turn your dream into a travel reality. For more information, book in with a consultant today.