With so many different cruise lines out there you could be wondering which one is right for you. At the end of the day you can’t go wrong with any of the cruising brands, they all have something unique to offer, the idea is just to figure out which brand offers what you want. 

I find the best formula for choosing a cruise line is Location + your cruising priorities. The location is one of the most important points when choosing a cruise line, you have to know what sort of travel you are in for to arrive at the ship. To cruise with Princess or P&O you can practically step on to the ship from your own backyard year round, where as other lines may only come to Australia once a year for a short season such as Royal Caribbean or Cunard. If you are feeling more adventurous you can hop on a plane to another country to get on your ship, such as America (toCruise lines holidays sail the Caribbean) or England (to sail Europe) the possibilities are limitless.  

Everyone has different priorities when it comes to their holiday. Some people want the best value for money and others want to make sure everything is included. Then you have those conscious of what they will be doing on this trip, for example an adventure minded traveller might prefer to cruise with P&O as they have P&O Edge, an adventure park at sea where you can climb the crow’s nest, zip down the flying fox or rock climb up the ships funnel. Or a Disney lover such as myself might cruise the Caribbean on a Disney Cruise Line ship just to get the chance to dine with Mickey Mouse or watch the live Broadway style productions featuring Cinderella!

There are some generalizations of choosing a cruise line for your next holiday such as Princess are not really ideal for a group of friends in their 20’s, likewise a senior couple might enjoy their time on P&O but would probably feel more at home with Princess.

–  Young people: P&O Australia, Carnival, Celebrity

–  Couple: P&O Australia, Princess

–  Family: P&O Australia, Princess, Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival

–  Seniors: Princess, Holland America, Cunard


Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth Wittwer

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