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cruise top tips

It’s plan a cruise month this October 2017. Each week will have a different destination theme, week 1 is Europe, so please read on and discover Cruise Club UK’s top cruise tips, including staff top tips too.

For those who are yet to cruise it can be a challenge on where to start looking and what suits your needs. Here we aim to provide you with the best tips to get the most out of your dream cruise:


Look for cruises with overnight in port or late departures, giving you more time to explore

7 night itineraries are destination heavy, if you want some quality days at sea to experience the ship look for 12-14 night itineraries

Spas are at their busiest on sea days, look out for discount deals on port days

Be prepared to leave your cabin early, even if your transfer is hours later – your cabin steward has to prepare for the next guest arriving by lunch time!

Holiday insurance is a must – whilst most ships have hospitals, doctors and nurses onboard medical bills can soon add up in case of illness or an accident

Most river cruises don’t feature a formal night, so leave your fancy clothes at home!


Sunbed policies vary between cruise lines, some have a 30 minute rule – leave unattended and your items will be removed from the bed and held for you

Research your port of calls, ie Ephesus and Olympia are best visited on an organised excursion, due to the long coach journey from the port, plus you get an experienced guide included


Santorini has a great bus service which is cheap and makes it easy to explore. Rhodes town is very close to the port, easy for a wander round

If you have already visited a destination, try a secondary city. For example Barcelona – try a day trip to Sitges with its fabulous beach and street lined cafes



Kotor, Montenegro – The sail into the port is stunning, it takes about an hour from the Adriatic Sea through the fjord like surroundings. It’s definitely worth getting up early to witness. Once in the UNESCO town of Kotor explore the well preserved medival town.

WARNING: Spanish IVA (VAT) of 10% is charged while in Spanish ports or Spanish waters

And remember when sailing in EU waters you mobile data is now included at no extra cost!

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