First Time Cruise Holiday? Here Are 10 Tips You Need To Know

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So, you're about to book your first cruise. Congratulations! The prospect of taking to the high seas, enjoying various onboard activities, and waking up in a new port every day or two can be thrilling. But as a first timer the whole process can also seem a little mysterious - daunting even.

From booking the right cabin to taking out travel insurance, there are many things to consider. Here are ten tips to help make your sea-bound adventures as hassle-free and fun as possible.

If you're still thinking about which cruise to book, you have two main considerations: your destination itinerary and your ship.

With waterslides, parasailing, race tracks, ropes courses and skydiving attractions on some ships, it's easy to get absorbed by onboard activities.

However, most people pick a cruise based on the ports it includes. You might visit seven very different port cities in as many days - so choose ones you have a real interest in exploring.

If it's your first time, you might want to "get your sea legs" with a shorter cruise - of about five or six days. It's a good way to learn the ropes before taking a longer cruise (and to see if you actually enjoy life at sea in the first place!).

Many cruises start or stop off in Singapore, and often include ports in Malaysia, Indonesia, or India.

Some cruise lines allow you to pay for a package of food, drinks and gratuities. More often that not, it is cheaper than choosing what you need on an ad-hoc basis.

If you appreciate your peace and quiet, pick a cabin as far from the night-time entertainment (bars, clubs etc.) as possible.

And if you enjoy swimming every morning, you might want to choose a cabin near the pool. Additionally, if sea views are your thing, do avoid an inside cabin.

If you’re travelling as a family you might want to consider booking two connecting cabins; this gives some privacy for both parents with children

Double check you have your passport, any necessary visas, and completed boarding forms and luggage tags (provided by the cruise line).

It is wise to get travel insurance coverage before you set sail.

Allianz Travel insurance Platinum Plan covers you for cruise coverage such as: missed port of call, cabin confinement, river cruise interruption by insufficient or excess water levels during your trip, missed shore excursion, denied boarding, and even sports coverage – all with our Platinum plan.

Book your spots on port excursions and any other activities you want to try, so that you don't have to compete with the people onboard.

The same goes for hiking trips, spa experiences and special on-board entertainment. Booking ahead ensures you’ll get your place.

Keep important documents and personal belongings close to you before you arrive at your cabin.

Check-in can be a hectic, crowded affair. You'll pass through security, show your boarding documents, and a credit card to cover any onboard charges. You would most likely have your photo taken which will be used as a boarding card or wristband.

This will normally double as your room key and will be used when paying for all those “extras".

Beware that those day trips, drinks, meals and gratuities will add up quickly - unless you picked an all-inclusive deal or a prepaid package (see above). 

Use the time before you can check in to your cabin wisely: grab a map of the ship and explore where meals are served and where key activities take place.

You might also book those excursions, activities and fine dining restaurants that you haven’t got round to yet.

If all that sounds too strenuous, simply grab a bite and hit the pool! 

Once you’ve booked your cruise holiday, it is important to think about the insurance that you would need to get.

With Allianz Travel you could save money by taking out an Annual Plan - it is designed for frequent travellers and gives you 12 months of travel insurance for unlimited overseas trips (max trip length 90 days).

For a one-off trip, our Single-Trip Travel Insurance Plan could be the right choice.

And if you’re travelling with family members our Family Plan could be most suitable - it’s available as Annual or Single-Trip cover.

Start looking for a travel insurance plan for your cruise holiday now.

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