At port

One of the main reasons for going on a cruise is for the opportunity to see many places, many countries in a short space of time. You pick your cruise depending on the destinations and the ports where you will be docking – but you should also be aware of the activities available on board. Time spent sailing can be active, with sports such as swimming and basketball to fill your time, or it can be relaxing and laid back. You can read a book out on deck, take in a movie, or just sit on your balcony hoping to catch a glimpse of sea life. Whale and dolphin sightings are not uncommon.

So what about when you are at port? It is highly recommended you get off the ship and go and explore the down where you have docked. Take in the local sights and sounds and maybe even enjoy a little of the local food and drink. Of course, it is not compulsory to leave the ship, but as the world has so many beautiful places it would be a shame to miss them.

Enjoy a little souvenir shopping, fridge magnets may seem a little tacky but they are actually the perfect gift when chosen well. They are small and light so will take up very little space in your luggage, they are cheap and they will be an excellent reminder of each place you have visited.

Many of the locations are chosen because they have something to offer the sightseer, buildings of historical significance, close to a great beach, a vibrant shopping area or just a town that has a natural beauty. Sometimes excursions will be organised once on land, and they too are a great way to get the most out of the holiday. Time at port is often limited, so do as much as you can, while you can, and make sure you are back on board before departure.