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Ask the Experts: September 2022

Cruise Advice

In a new section of Cruise Advice, we answer some common queries that come across our desks...

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"I'm looking for a truly luxury line that's adults only, what would you recommend?"

Sharon Trigg - Reservations Manager

This is something we've been asked a few times. When it comes to the cruise lines we consider the 'best of the best', only Hebridean have a strict rule, insisting that all guests are 10 years or older. What's important to know is that many of the ultra-luxury lines do little to cater to families and don't court this market, so the likelihood of you seeing any children on board is very slim. Finding so many that they inconvenience your cruise is almost unheard of. Travel with Silversea for example (with the possible exception of the Galapagos during school holidays) and you'll enjoy a refined experience free from other people's little ones. Only a handful of lines enforce a true adult only policy, none of which we'd consider truly luxury. Saga guests need to be over 50. Neither Viking Ocean Cruises nor Virgin Voyages allow under 18s and both P&O and Marella have selected ships that are adult only.

"What are the key differences between 5* and 6* when everyone says they're luxury?"

Hayley Hogan - Cruise Consultant

The devil is in the detail when it comes to the difference between a 5* and 6* experience on board. All-inclusive pricing is usually a good indicator, but make sure all drinks are included, at all times, in all venues, and including premium brands. Likewise with dining, check that specialty restaurants are included at no additional cost. Having ample space on board and a high staff to guest ration is also key to delivering an uncrowded experience with high service levels. Of course, everyone's definition of 'luxury' is different so a chat is best to identify what's important to you and we'll recommend the perfect cruise line accordingly.

"As more cruise lines offer flights with their packages, what are the advantages and disadvantages of taking these?"

Cathy Ellis - Cruise Consultant

Many guests enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing the cruise line is taking care of everything, including the flights. If the cruise were to be delayed or significantly altered, then flight arrangements would automatically be revised, and a single point of contact can make for a more streamlined response. Fares are usually competitive in economy class, but opting for cruise only and asking us to arrange your flights will usually provide more flexibility in routing and airline choice which can mean a saving, and is especially helpful if you plan to extend your trip with pre- or post-cruise stays.

"As I am a self-confessed oenophile, what is the standard of included wines aboard a luxury cruise ship?"

Janet Welsh - Cruise Consultant

Whether or not you enjoy the included wines really depends on what quality of wine you are accustomed to. Cruise lines such as Silversea, Seabourn, or Regent serve very drinkable pouring wines. If the day's offering does not suit your palate, you will probably find one or two options on the included list that do, so make friends with your sommelier and he or she will watch over you. If you should want something more special, ask for the speciality wine list. A supplement is payable, but it tends to be quite reasonable by restaurant standards.

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Ask the Experts Panel consists of the Mundy Cruising Reservations Manager and Cruise Consultants

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