Cruising has become the holiday of choice for hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers.

More people than ever before are discovering that cruising is no longer a holiday for well-bred golden oldies, but is a great-value holiday for all ages. Whatever you want to do, whether it’s a West End show or wine tasting, a character breakfast with Mickey Mouse or ziplining, there’s a cruise line that offers it.

This guide for first time cruisers – in association with Iglu Cruise – should hopefully answer some of the questions that anyone new to cruise may have.

Thinking about going on a cruise, but not sure what’s included, which size ship to choose or what clothes to pack? These 50 top tips take the mystery out of cruising and guides you from booking to boarding.

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Visit Coney Island, take in a West End Show, enjoy a coffee in Central Park – all without getting off your ship. As ships get bigger and bigger, with more and more on board, we ask – has the ship become the destination?

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Are you a newbie cruiser? Do you have a bunch of questions and preconceptions standing between you and that Caribbean sunset?We answer those questions so you can decide if a cruise is for you.

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First Time Cruise Reports

Two seasoned cruisers and one first-timer shed more light on cruising for the first time

7 Reasons to Cruise – Sara Macefield examines the reasons for cruising’s success Luke Bilton on board
Royal Caribbean’s
Liberty of the Seas
Sue Bryant offers some advice on choosing the
right cruise for you

Getting more bang for your buck is where cruising comes into its own. Choosing a cruise, where so much is included in the overall price, gives this type of holiday a head start over land-based leisure trips. Cruise International’s Luke Bilton was a cruise virgin when we sent him and his wife on a cruise aboard one of the biggest ships at sea today, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. With cruising the fastest-growing sector of the travel industry in the UK, thousands of Brits are trying cruising for the first time. But beware, cruising is addictive!
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First Time Cruise Deals10 cruises deals for first timers

Iglu Cruise have selected 10 cruises for the First Time Cruiser, from the Norwegian Fjords to the Canary Islands there truly is something for everyone in this selection of top quality breaks.View the latest cruise deals here

 

Expert Advice for First Time Cruisers Planning for your Cruise

Booking your cruise

What to pack on a cruise

Cruise Health Advice from Dr Martin Caroll

How to get the best cruise deal Top 10 cruise essentials Seasickness on a cruise – how to prevent and avoid it
How to choose a cabin What to wear on a cruise ship The perfect cruise first-aid kit