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On Your First Cruise

Print Edition: Aug 19, 2012

Gautam Chadha, Chief Executive of Turin Travel Marketing, on making the most of this voyage.

MAKE THE CHOICE
There's a cruise for every interest and mood. Celebrity Cruises has an emphasis on gourmet cuisine in plush ballrooms, features spacious rooms fitted with luxury wellness and entertainment options, and a personal service with a near 2:1 guest to staff ratio. The Royal Caribbean International offers an array of recreational facilities like rock climbing, surfing simulators and cantilevered whirlpools suspended 112 feet above the ocean. For seasoned travellers looking for destination- immersion, the Azamara Club Cruises which allow you to reside with the locals.

SEAL THE DEAL
Cruising is great value for money. When you're on board, nearly everything is taken of, from the hotel and dinner reservations, entertainment and shipboard activities and even car rentals. Check the websites for free upgrades, and reduced rates on companion cruises are put out occasionally.

WHAT TO PACK
The weather alternates between windy and sunny so throw in your Hawaiian printed t-shirts, shorts and swimwear, and generous amount of sun-tan lotion. Carry a windcheaters and light sweaters for the evenings. For formal dinners, pack dinner jackets and trousers or your country's traditional dresses. Tuxedos are available on rent. The onboard voltage is normally 110/220 volts, so bring along an adapter.

ETIQUETTE TALK
The cruisers should refrain from playing boom boxes or loud radios, and using roller blades and skateboards on board. All guests must attend the mandatory muster drill and follow all other safety instructions issued by the Captain. Gratuities may be paid in the following ways: tips for the staff should be added on your reservation or your onboard Sea Pass account or just handed by cash at the end of the cruise.

THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME

An Alaskan cruise takes you through protected waters of the inside passage. The sight and sound of Hubbard glacier's calving and that of ice chunks breaking off, will stay fresh in your memory forever.

The writer's company is the India representative of Royal Caribbean International Ltd.




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