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Essential Information for your Cruise

Why take a Cruise

Planning a trip can be time-consuming and stressful. From accommodation, daily activities and transport, researching can take away from your excitement. That’s why a cruise is perfect for the time-poor traveller. An all-in-one holiday, cruises require minimal effort to organise. If you want a stress-free break, then a cruise holiday will be a great fit. Here’s why:

Great value for money

Booking a cruise trip includes a range of elements that every holiday needs. Your accommodation, food, most onboard activities and transport are all covered in one cost. This allows you to get the most out of your money, making your cruise holiday that extra bit enjoyable.

Wake up in a new place everyday

It’s an exciting feeling falling asleep one place and waking up another. On a cruise ship, you’re always moving towards another great location. And unlike regular travel, you will not experience the discomfort of long-haul flights or crowded buses. You’ll also be able to tick off multiple bucket list destinations as you sail the high seas. From island hopping around the Pacific to enjoying the spectacular sites of the Mediterranean – the options are limitless.

Activities Galore

Cruise ships are famous for having incredible amenities on board. Ranging from cinemas to pool bars, rock climbing to night clubs - you’re guaranteed to be occupied your entire journey. The only thing that will keep you away from the amazing activities is the food. Indulge in all-you-can-eat buffets that’ll please the fussiest of eaters.

Meet fellow travellers

Meet like-minded travellers on your cruise adventure. While cruising between destinations, strike up conversations with friendly travellers nearby. Share dinner with other holiday-goers or sign up for group activities at your next port. Create memories with your new neighbours and make friends that will last you a lifetime.

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I’ve decided I want to go on a cruise. What next?

Thinking about a cruise for your next holiday? Whether you're a first-timer or a certified "cruiser," choose the sailing adventure right for you.

Where do you want to go?

When picturing yourself on a cruise, do you envision crystal blue waters and white-sand beaches? Or, do you see yourself snapping photos of glaciers and looming, snow-capped mountains? Cruises go just about anywhere. Thinking about where you want to go will help you narrow your options.

How much planning do you want to do?

The next thing you should consider is how much planning and exploring you would like to do. Some cruises will offer you a variety of options to choose from at the various ports - anything from a relaxing day on the beach to an adventurous exploration of caves. Other cruises will simply bring you to a port, allowing you to explore on your own.

What atmosphere do you want on your boat?

While you may be most excited about the hotspots you'll get to visit on your cruise, bear in mind that you'll be spending at least one or two days on board. This means you'll need to be happy with the atmosphere

First, consider themes. For example, if you want to find romance on your holiday? Perhaps a singles cruise is the best fit. If you're travelling with a group of friends, maybe a boat with a party atmosphere would be more suitable.

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What could possibly go wrong?

Looking forward to your next boating adventure? Whether you’re a nautical newbie or a seasoned sailor, we want you to enjoy your trip. To protect from any impending cruise disasters, take a look at these open ocean crisis scenarios and how to avoid them.

Seasickness

Even the most experienced sailor experiences seasickness from time to time. The longer your voyage, the more likely you are to suffer from this ailment. There are many remedies for seasickness, so be sure to study up before you go. Popular options for preventing seasickness include scopolamine, which comes in a patch you put behind your ear; antiemetics, which are medications that reduce nausea; and antihistamines, which can put you to sleep at night.

Sunburns

You may be used to the hot Australia sun, but it’s nothing in comparison to sun in the open ocean. Protection is key here. Remember to apply sun cream regularly and to know your limits. Use extra caution on the first day of your cruise, especially if you are travelling in winter.

Dehydration

It’s easy to forget the essentials when you’re having fun (or when you’re using alcohol to quench your thirst). Remember to bring a water bottle with you at all times on the ship to ensure you remain properly hydrated. Nothing derails a cruise holiday faster than a trip to the infirmary. When you disembark, try to bring water from the boat with you, as local drinking supplies may not be optimal.

Norovirus

This virus sounds scary, but it’s really just the stomach flu, and it’s more annoying than dangerous. Norovirus is a bug most commonly found on cruise ships and can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps. This illness is usually the result of food contamination. Prevent this by practicing good hygiene on board, and by making sure the staff does as well. Do your research before departing and steer clear of cruise lines that have a high propensity of reviews mentioning illness.

Falling

Don’t be the man overboard on your cruise ship. According to official cruise reports, about 20 people fall overboard each year while on a cruise holiday. There are many reasons as to why this happens, but most involve personal problems, high levels of stress or alcohol. Remember that while many cruise travel insurance policies cover mishaps of this kind, they usually don’t help if negligent behavior or alcohol is involved. Remember to read the whole product disclosure statement before you take off, and again before you try to make a claim. Avoid cruising for a bruising by always being aware of your surroundings and not leaning too close to the ledge.

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Cancellations

Whether it’s bad weather or a heightened travel alert that derails your cruising holiday, know that these things happen more often than you probably think. Read your ticket before you purchase to see what costs can be refunded. If you purchase a non-refundable ticket, be sure to look into cancellation cover and avoid potentially losing out on a lot of money.

Late arrivals

You show up at the dock, but wait—where’s the ship? Whether you’ve planned this trip down to a T or you bought your tickets the week before, the sad reality is that many people literally miss the boat when it comes cruise time. The only way to prevent this is to plan. Fly into your embarkation port a few days early and arrive at the dock well before anchors away. While you can call the cruise line and cry from the dock, you might not get much sympathy.

Pirates!

Well, maybe not pirates exactly. Think of this heading as more of an -type situation. The fact is, no matter where you travel or when you leave, there is always a level of risk. From pirates to cyclones to diseases to sinking Titanic-style; there is always something that can go wrong on your trip. For the small inconveniences as well as the big disasters, travel insurance works to give you peace of mind while cruising. And while no company can protect you against every scenario, Cover-More has comprehensive cruise cover to help get you home safely. Book a policy before embarking on your next boating adventure.

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