21 Oct Best Cruises for First-Timers
So, you’ve decided to dip your toes into cruising, but you’re not quite sure which cruise line is the best option for you. Maybe you should you embark on an exploratory voyage into the icy waters of Antarctica, or why not a singles cabin on a Caribbean party boat, or what about an indulgent cruise with the family on the Mediterranean?
You first need to figure out what type of traveller you are, what kind of experience you’re after, and what your budget looks like. The more questions you ask yourself the easier it’ll be to determine which cruise is right for you.
A great place to start is the list below, which considers the best options for various criteria.
Best Value For Money – Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) cruises cover almost every corner of the globe including Australia and New Zealand, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, and Transatlantic voyages to name a few. Every ship in its impressive fleet boasts an almost endless selection of on-board activities and facilities, and by taking advantage of the company’s excellent “Free-At-Sea” offering’s premium drinks package, you can effectively make the cruise all-inclusive!
Best For Families – Royal Caribbean International
When it comes to offering fun for the whole family, few can do better than Royal Caribbean International (RCI). They operate almost across the world, and have claimed several “firsts at sea”, including skydiving on-board a ship in the RipCord by iFLY® simulator and experiencing the North StarSM observation capsule which extends 100m above sea level.
Best For Mature Cruisers – Holland America Line
Image – Holland America offers passengers a refined experience that emphasises classic cruising. Its mid-size ships feature wonderful leisure sports facilities like golf putting greens, yoga studios, and tennis courts, and entertainment options like the Culinary Arts Centre and Explorations Café, which offer cooking activities and literary pursuits respectively.
Best for Singles – Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lines boasts plenty of unique offers for singles cruising, not to mention plenty opportunities to meet fellow, solo travellers. Breaking with tradition, NCL reduced the single supplement and allows you to book a Stateroom at a discounted price. Even better, it was the first line to offer Studio Staterooms, built specifically with the single cruiser in mind.
Best for Entertainment – NCL and RCI (It’s A Tie!)
Entertainment abounds on both NCL and RCI cruises. NCL’s live entertainment is unmatched and includes Broadway productions, superb live music, and hilarious comedy shows. RCI’s one-of-a-kind DreamWorks Experience brings the animation studio’s biggest characters to life on-board the ship, and includes trivia and scavenger hunts.
Best for Adventurers – Hurtigruten
From observing the Northern Lights and stays in the unique Kirkenes Snow Hotel to exploring fjords and glaciers and spotting polar bears, Hurtigruten’s cruises are packed to the brim with adventure. Its itineraries comprise some of the world’s most remote areas like the Arctic and Antarctica, and activities include slay transfers, hiking mountains, exploring valleys, and much more.
Best for Luxury Seekers – Ponant
Ponant is the undisputed king when it comes to opulence and indulgence on the water. No expense was spared in the crafting of its fine, luxury yachts, and all are staffed by experienced, highly-trained French crew. Ponant truly brings the French touch to life aboard its yachts and you can look forward to exquisite gastronomy, state-of-the-art amenities, and an all-round five-star experience.
Best for Culture – G Adventures
Bringing passengers closer to local cultures than any other line, G Adventures offers unparalleled experiences. Specialising in the Arctic and Antarctica, G Adventures crew’s knowledge of the areas is second to none. Cruises offer you the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the local customs and traditions, and get up close and personal with some of nature’s most fascinating creatures.
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