To cruise or not to cruise…
If you’ve come across this blog, the likelihood is you’re either thinking about cruising or have booked a cruise. I know how daunting cruising can be, particularly if you are visiting destinations you’ve never been to before.
You may be wondering why my blog is different to the many other cruise blogs out there. Well, I’ve experienced cruising from every angle. As well as being an ex-cruise ship employee, I’m married to a cruise ship deputy captain. I left my marketing job in 2015, so I could travel with him full-time. Since then, I’ve spent up to three months at a time sailing as a passenger, blogging about the places I’ve visited. I have enjoyed the benefits of cruising as a passenger, with the perks of being able to access many of the crew areas.
Cruising as a thirty-something…
Being a cruise passenger in my 30s, I sometimes find that I am one of the younger guests on board. This is often the case with cruises that have long itineraries, or those that sail outside of the school holidays.
But the image of cruising is changing and there is an increasing number of young couples and families choosing cruise holidays. The average age of people cruising is dropping worldwide, leading to a rise in passengers under the age of 50. Cruise lines are also building ships that cater for a younger market and they’re starting to develop new activities for the younger generation.
With these changes in mind, I wanted to share my experience of cruising as a thirty-something. I aim to unpack some common myths about cruise holidays, and I’ll be tackling topics such as dressing for a cruise and the pros and cons of cruising in your 30s. I hope my blog provides some inspiration if you’re planning this type of holiday.
My name is Anna and I live in the cruise capital of the UK, Southampton. I am a freelance copywriter and I run my own business www.compasscopywriting.co.uk.
I spent my childhood holidays travelling with my family on cruise ships, where my dad is a guest lecturer. In 2009, I went to sea as an Assistant Shore Excursions Manager for P&O Cruises.
I spent three years travelling the world with this job. I travelled as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and Vietnam. I spent three seasons in the Caribbean and sailed on numerous Mediterranean, Norway and Baltic cruises. My favourite itineraries included: America and Canada, the Black Sea and Iceland and Greenland. I sailed on Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, Oceana and Ventura.
I’ve spent the last two years travelling on board Ventura, Azura and Oceana, part of the P&O Cruises fleet.
I am now based at home full-time.
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