7 ways to win over non-cruisers

1. You don’t have to lift a finger


Well okay, full disclosure, you do have to book. That will involve some typing or dialling. But after that, you can put those fingers at ease. The best thing about cruises differs for everyone, but who doesn’t love the idea of no cooking, no cleaning, no map reading, no driving, no haggling and no traffic? Hint: Everyone! 


If you’re booking a cruise for the first time, don’t stress. You choose your cruise, your room preference and book. It really is that easy. From there, we'll do the heavy lifting and keep you updated with pre-cruise emails jam-packed with cruise tips and tricks, Shore ours and information about your ship’s services and facilities.


2. Pay one all-inclusive fare

If your non-cruiser friend likes to count the pennies, mention these two little words: all-inclusive. What other holiday offers amazing destinations, all main meals in designated restaurants, most entertainment and activities, and Kids Clubs in one all-inclusive fare?

The benefits of an all-inclusive cruise are clear. It’s incredible value, especially when travelling to places that charge exorbitant prices for food and accommodation.

Bonus Tip: Build anticipation and get your friend excited about booking your cruise by sending them our best cruise deals.

3. Skip the hassle on group holidays


Group holidays are a fantastic concept until you start organising one. Arguments about what to do and when or bringing up the sensitive topic of a budget can be tricky.


One of the main reasons why groups of people go on cruises is to avoid these common travel pitfalls altogether. From spacious suites to budget-friendly interior rooms, there’s something for every budget. Another benefit of booking a group cruise is that you can come together when you choose but still have 'me' time. No arguments necessary!


4. The kids will love cruising


No airline queues, no backseat arguments, and you only have to unpack once. The kids are your trump card. They love the dedicated activities and fully-supervised Kids Clubs where they can have a ball with new friends. And if that’s not enough to convince someone why cruises are the best, remind them about the “joys” of flying or driving with children. 


You won't hear a single “Are we there yet?” because the holiday begins the moment you step onboard. 

5. There’s so much to choose from on a cruise

Why go on a cruise? Because you choose your holiday your way. Tell your thrill-seeking friend that they’ll never be bored. From the zip-lining and banana boat rides available on select Shore Tours, to nature trails and markets, each destination offers unique experiences for you to try.
And the fun continues onboard with world-class dining, a range of bars and nightclubs, and of course, live shows. Do you both love a good dress-up or are you foodie fanatics? A short themed cruise is the perfect way to get a taste of why people like cruises so much.

6. Create the holiday of your dreams

You could jam-pack your itinerary with Shore Tours, nightly shows and onboard activities if that floats your boat. But if the thought of all that activity leaves you wondering “are cruises relaxing?”, you’re equally welcome to laze the day away. Soak up some sun on your tranquil balcony or sip a cocktail in a cushioned cabana at the (child-free) Oasis. There's entertainment and activities on offer, but what you do is completely up to you!

7. No passport, no worries!

A good cruise tip for first-timers is to understand the P&O passport requirements. If you’re visiting an overseas country you’ll need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months, just as you would if flying. 
However, for a domestic cruise, you can use your driver’s license. Children can use their medicare card as long as their parents are also listed on the card and are travelling with them. P&O takes care of any visa requirements for cruise ship passengers. Cruising takes so much of the stress out of the planning stage of a holiday.

Give your non-cruiser the time of their life

A cruise is your chance to escape the everyday and travel to new destinations in style and comfort.


Maximise your trip by reading these secrets to having the best time onboard. And pat yourself on the back for turning a non-cruising sceptic into a cruise lover.

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