Tips on how to avoid information overload when researching your next cruise
As spring and summer is now thankfully just around the corner, many people are choosing their yearly holiday destination for a well-earned break. Traditionally this time of year couples and families would visit the local travel agent and struggle home with an armful of glossy brochures full of adjusted and airbrushed photos of distant exotic locations. Sunny beaches, ski slopes and cruise ships docking at beautiful island ports. Beaches made to look slightly more yellow, seas looking a touch more blue. Now days, nearly all of us have access to the internet to research and then book our next holiday. Review websites, Google Maps and comparison websites have made the whole process of booking or reserving a holiday so much easier. Or perhaps it hasn’t.
Now we have so much information on the location for our intended trip that we almost have ‘too much’ to look at. If you Google ‘Cruise Holidays,’ it returns approximately 2,910,000 results. From the main players in the cruise market like Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard, P&O, Princess and Royal Caribbean who are looking to impress potential customers into booking their next luxury holiday, down to personal blog posts from unsatisfied former customers who might have had a bad trip on a cruise and now want to vent their internet spleen. Add to this a plethora of comparison cruise sites (will there ever be ‘comparison websites’ comparing ‘comparison websites’?) and one might find there is just too much to look at prior to booking our next holiday or cruise.
We have compiled a list of how to research your next cruise without going into information overload.
1) Speak to a real human being
Do you know a real actual person who has already been on a cruise? A friend, relative, work colleague or neighbour may have fantastically helpful information and tips that will help you choose you next trip away.
2) Ignore bad reviews on websites
There, I’ve said it. If the cruise you are interested in has 75% bad reviews; then their might be a problem, but if it’s only 5% bad reviews then ignore them. As the saying goes ‘you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all the people all the time.’ It’s guaranteed that someone, somewhere on a luxury cruise ship with 3,500 passengers will find something to complain about.
3) Visit a cruise agent
This is a high value purchase of possibly thousands of pounds. It certainly might be worth visiting a travel agent to discuss your cruise before actually parting with your hard earned cash. Even if you end up booking online, speak to an expert (actual human with a real name) beforehand as they will have far more experience of the industry than a reviewer who has only been on one cruise.
So there it is. Choosing your next cruise will be a piece of cake. All you need to do now is to decide where to go for your cruise, what time of year to go, how long to go for and where to park in Southampton…