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New Normal: Cruise Tips

07 Jan 2021 | by Akemi Bunce

New Normal: Cruise Tips

During their pauses in service, cruise lines have been hard at work adapting to the new normal. While the new cruise experience may be slightly different than what you're used to, don't worry! These changes have been put in place to ensure you get the most enjoyment out of your holiday while also staying healthy during the safest form of travel.

With all this in mind, we've put together some top tips for when cruises are ready to return to service. While the situation is always unfolding, there are some quick and easy ways to ensure you're prepared for the future, whether you're booking or onboard.

Cruise tips for the 'new normal'

1. Book early

Since many cruises had to reschedule in 2020, there’s going to be a surge in demand once things are back up and running. In addition, with ships hosting a smaller number of guests to allow for social distancing, the capacity will be more limited between around 10-30% depending on the line and ship. As a result, we recommend booking well in advance to ensure you can enjoy your dream cabin, along with other early booking benefits.

2. Check the flexible cancellation policy for your cruise line

To reflect the unprecedented times that we're in, cruise lines have gone above and beyond to ensure you can embark on the cruise of your dreams. Thanks to flexible cancellation policies that many cruise lines have put in place, you can cancel your cruise and opt for a sailing at a later date. Find out more about flexible cancellation policies for each cruise line.

3. Book with Planet Cruise!

When booking with us your package is financially protected by ABTA and ATOL. This means booking with Planet Cruise is risk free, giving you peace of mind for the future.

4. Cruise to nowhere

Not sure where's best to go on your next cruise? Cruises to nowhere are a great choice for those missing the open ocean, giving guests plenty of time to soak up the fantastic facilities onboard, while also being able to enjoy stunning ocean views. Usually lasting between one and three nights, a cruise to nowhere is perfect for a quick getaway at an affordable price.

5. Opt for a no-fly cruise

When booking a no-fly cruise from a port close to home, there's no hassle involved if any changes are made to your cruise. With no transfers to airports required, getting to your ship is a breeze. Best of all, many cruise lines - including MSC Cruises and Fred. Olsen Cruises - have chosen to make a number of regional UK cruise ports, such as Southampton, their home port, meaning you won't miss out on your favourite ships.

6. Use your Future Cruise Credit

If you took advantage of Future Cruise Credit in 2020, make sure to use this when booking your next cruise. FCC terms and conditions may differ between cruise lines, so be sure to find out about FCC policies.

7. Choose a balcony cabin

In the unlikely event that a quarantine onboard becomes necessary, a balcony cabin will ensure that you're able to enjoy some fresh air during this time.

8. Check your travel insurance

Not all insurance providers are equipped to cover holidays affected by Covid-19. Make sure to contact your travel insurance provider ahead of time to confirm that you're covered for any unforeseen circumstances.

9. Familiarise yourself with health and safety protocols

Cruise lines have dedicated themselves to ensuring that cruising is the safest form of travel. Thanks to rigorous health and safety protocols, the standard of hygiene onboard is exceptionally high. Make sure you familiarise yourself with these protocols to ensure you are adhering to them at all times.

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