Cruise holidays are becoming more popular, not only with the traditional older travellers but also with young couples and families.

But booking a cruise can be a minefield. Each ship, route and cruise company offers something slightly different. And once you’ve decided, what about all those different cabin choices, not to mention excursions at the ports of call.

To make life easier, your first stop should be CruiseCritic.co.uk. This website has been running for over 20 years and includes a wealth of information for every passenger, from newbies to those with decades of cruising under their belts.

There are real passenger reviews of individual ships, that rate the accommodation, dining and service as well as suggestions for whether the vessel suits older travellers, couples or families.

And the extensive passenger forums will give you advice on what to do at individual ports, including recommendations for transport, excursions and sightseeing options. These are especially useful if you don’t want to take the cruise companies’ expensive tours.

There’s advice on what to wear and pack and you can even hook up with other people holidaying on your dates, to share transport to the ship or just to have some ready-made friends available on board.

If you’re planning a trip on a ship, then you really shouldn’t miss this website.

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