How to Choose a Cruise

How to Choose a Cruise


Pickle says… I have never been on a cruise, but Mummy and the others have been on a few. I would really love to go on one some day, and Mummy is always looking at different deals. She has some top tips for how to choose a cruise….

How to Choose a Cruise

Adults Only

The biggest decision is whether you are going with adults only or taking the children. There are adult only ships which are perfect for a romantic getaway or a celebration with your friends. P&O and Fred Olsen cruise lines have some fab adults only cruises.

Family Friendly

I have been on some awesome family friendly ships and highly recommend Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. The kids clubs, pools and activities are fantastic for all ages. Some ships have family cabins which sleep up to 6 – they are not widely advertised and you may have to ring to check. I know Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas had four!

Fly or Simply Sail

Many ships sail from Southampton which is great if you don’t like flying, or don’t want the hassle. Destinations are more limited, but they are a great option. There is no luggage weight restriction either! There are lots of cruises that sail from other countries – check whether the flights are included in the price.

Formal or Casual

Cruising is no longer for the exclusive, rich or elderly. Most popular cruise lines still have at least one formal night, where you can go all out in your finest evening gown and dinner suits, or you can kick back and dine in the other restaurants with no need to even take a suit. You can even try 6* Luxury Cruising on cruise lines such as Seabourn and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.


It is worth looking at drinks packages on board – you can save money by pre-booking a soft drink or alcohol package. Norwegian Cruise Lines have all inclusive ships with all (well, 99%) of drinks included, including cocktails!

Have a good look online to find a good cruise deal there are so many offers on cruises. Make sure you also check out these tips for first time cruisers if you haven’t done it before!

I hope this helps if you are looking to choose a cruise! Have you cruised before?


  1. I would love to cruise – it’s one of my bucket list items, I just hope I get to do it soon x

  2. There are some amazing cruises on offer for 2020 at the moment aren’t there! I love the new P&O offers, they’re such good value with free child places.

  3. I’d love to go on a family cruise, I love the look of the Royal Carribean cruise ships, they look incredible for families! x

  4. Great tips here. I’d love to go on a cruise one day. They sound like such fun!

  5. I’ve never been on a cruise before but I would love to as my boyfriend has great memories of a previous cruise he did with his parents x

  6. The thought of a cruise has never appealed to me before but I can see why family and people love them for a holiday as they do look like they have a wide range of activities on board. Family friendly would be a must for us!

  7. Cruises aren’t something that interest me just yet but my Mum recently went out one and loved it. I wouldn’t mind a Disney cruise though!

  8. Great advice! As a family of 6 I have always assumed that a cruise wouldn’t be suitable for us but I can totally see how it would! I really want to go!

  9. These are some great tips and I really want to take my boys on a family friendly cruise, just looks like so much fun

    Laura x

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