Could a cruise float your boat?

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It seems the world of cruising is finally shaking off its older, more conservative stereotype after more and more young adults are choosing to ride the waves. Research from Cruise Industry Oceans Source Market shows that shorter itineraries in the South Pacific and Caribbean are bringing the average age of cruise-goers down.

So, say goodbye to black-tie dinners and cheesy cabaret shows, and get acquainted with pool parties and adrenaline-fueled activities.

Here’s everything you need to know about the world of cruising as a young adult.

Cruising and young people – do they mix?

Simply put – yes. Thanks to a new wave of cruise vessels boasting exciting amenities and awe-inspiring itineraries, younger people can feel confident that they’ll have an unforgettable time onboard. A great range of liners are solely targeted at a younger age group, meaning young adults can enjoy spending time with like-minded people their own age, rather than worrying about bumping into their grandma!

The vast majority of cruises offer all inclusive packages, meaning food, drink, gratuities and other elements may be included in the advertised price. This allows passengers to spend more time relaxing or exploring, rather than worrying about sourcing dinner. Whether those on board want to relax or have an action-packed holiday, the essentials will be covered.

What cruises are available?

From themed cruises to adrenaline-fueled ventures, there’s a trip for everyone. Here are some of our favourites to give you a little inspiration:

Party with P&O Cruises 

With a tagline of ‘Pay less, stress less’, P&O are certainly speaking the language of young adults. Better yet, P&O have a wealth of action-packed vessels in its fleet, perfect for the sun and fun loving out there. Take the Pacific Explorer for example.

On board, guests can make the most of water parks, rock climbing, zip lining and a fantastic array of drinking and party venues. Upcoming cruises on the Pacific Explorer include Fiji, the Barrier Reef and the Sunshine Coast, as well as designated comedy and music cruises too!

Party animals will love the nightlife onboard the P&O vessels, with the Great Gatsby, Back to School and White Party just some of the highlights.

Explore the world on an expedition cruise

If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, check out the world of expedition cruising. Venturing to unspoilt corners of the globe, passengers can enjoy cruising with a much smaller group of people, who share the same spirit of adventure.

From Antarctica to the Galapagos Islands, these cruise destinations aren’t your usual suspects. Due to expedition cruises travelling so far and wide – often to extreme environments – kids rarely frequent these trips, allowing younger adults to appreciate their surroundings without distractions. Aurora Expeditions is one of the most renowned operators, so be sure to check out its upcoming ventures.

What can you expect on your first cruise?

It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the excitement of your first cruise, however, there are a few things you may want to read up on first.

  • You can get seasick: Even on the smoothest of journeys, it isn’t uncommon for passengers to feel a little queasy onboard. Therefore, it’s important to come prepared with adequate medication if this applies to you.
  • Activities book up – and fast!: From offshore excursions to spa treatments on board, activities and experiences often book up fast. To avoid missing out, do a little planning to ensure you’re ahead of the curve when reservations open.
  • Sometimes it pays to stray: When your boat docks at port, you may notice that people onboard tend to stick together and explore in groups. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with taking a guided tour, more often than not, you won’t visit those out-of-the-way gems. So, with exploring buddy and map in hand, don’t be afraid to wander the local areas and see things you wouldn’t normally get to see!

When visiting any new holiday destination – whether on land or at sea – it pays to be covered in the event of any unexpected issues. Get in touch with the team at Travel Insurance Direct today to find out how you can stay protected on your first cruise!


TID is an Australian online travel insurance company.


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