How to Match Your Personality to a Cruise

How do you know if your personality matches a cruise? Determining which cruise line is the right fit is one of the most significant parts of a successful cruise holiday.

Cruise lines tailor their activities to accommodate passengers, but each individual line tends to have their own demographics for their average passenger. Nothing could turn somebody off a cruise holiday in the future if the most recent did not meet expectations.

There are cruises designed to suit virtually every niche, interest and personal preference. There are those tailored for special interests. Those specialising in unique destinations or those that are more port intensive will offer less days at sea.

Many cruise lines create special “themes” on board, with the focus on cultural enrichments ranging from cooking side by side with renowned chefs, golf clinics with pros, celebrity talks and murder mysteries to solve whilst at sea. If something like this is not of interest, booking this type of cruise holiday could turn out to be a big mistake.

Are you a people person or someone happy to just spend quality time with a companion or on your own? That can make a difference towards the success of your cruise holiday too.

Examples of cruise holidays can range from luxury yacht style vessels, mega-ships with an array of recreational facilities and entertainment, classic and traditional ships reminiscent of days gone by, river cruises and special interest or exploration cruises heading to Antarctica.

It all boils down to a matter of personal taste. Below is a brief list of some of the more popular lines to see if their personality matches yours.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Party lovers everywhere will enjoy the fun activities and fun, fun, fun that takes place on each of the 24 fleet members. Appealing and designed to a younger demographic, these ships are filled with eye catching décor of neon colours and million dollar Las Vegas styled productions. Night time is when the ship comes alive with plenty of venues of all types pumping out the music.

Cunard Line

This line is perfect for those that want an elegant and British experience. This company has been offering a royal treatment to customers since the 1840s with their names such as Mary, Victoria and Elizabeth being iconic in the cruising industry. It is no surprise, then, that they are well known for their elegant British charm and excellent service, to the extent that afternoon tea is served by cruise members with white gloves. They are also well known for transatlantic crossings from Southampton to New York and back.

Afternoon Tea

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Disney Cruise Line

Families looking for a great cruise holiday would do well to look at this line. All of the Disney magic and quality can be seen everywhere on these 4 ships, including the portholes which display animated scenes. Amazing musical productions can be enjoyed, the children’s clubs are top of the range and don’t forget to disembark on Castaway Cay.


Another favourite of the British passenger, Fred Olsen appeals to those couples and singles over 60 and is in line with the traditional cruise ships of the past, where passengers still dress up for dinner. During school holiday times, the Braemar can become a huge family reunion. During this period there are just as many activities for the adults as there are for the grandchildren.

MSC Cruises

MSC has an Italian flavour but has been trying to reinvent itself and in the past attracted retirees. With the number of state-of-the-art enhancements made on their newer ships, they are gearing towards a new market of families with children. Activities onboard include a Formula 1 Simulator and the 4D Cinema on-board the Divina and its affiliation friendly companies such as Chicco® and LEGO®.

MSC Formula 1 simulator

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Norwegian Cruise Line

Whether you’re a food connoisseur or just someone that likes to go out and eat, Norwegian will be a good cruise line for you. There are over 20 different specialty restaurants that serve everything from Parisian cuisine to a teppanyaki style meal on each of the 11 ships in their fleet. Their ships keep getting bigger and bigger and the amenities are aimed to impress with plenty of ‘firsts at sea’.

Princess Cruises

Romantics are going to be flocking to Princess Cruises, which is popular amongst honeymooners and newlyweds. The 17 ships that make up Princess’s fleet are specially designed to accommodate those that are looking for a beautiful getaway. Princess offers  stunning locations, a contemporary look and classy service.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

If you want to be pampered to your heart’s content, try a Regent cruise. All 3 of their ships have complementary goods that are sure to impress, with fine dining, wine and spirit tasting and even complementary shore trips that go off the beaten path. This is six star cruising at it’s best!

Royal Caribbean

Want to have a sporty experience that is sure to leave you exhausted in a good way? If so Royal Caribbean could be the right choice for you. Just a few of the thrilling activities that can be found on their ships include a rock-climbing wall, surfing pool, ice-skating rink, bungee trampolines, a boxing ring and even a zip-line that stretches above the pool deck. There is also an extensive gymnasium in the spa area on all of their ships.

Rock Climbing with Royal Caribbean

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Matching your lifestyle and personality to a cruise holiday is the best recipe for an outstanding time.  Do some research and speak with others. Before you know it, you will book a cruise holiday year after year.

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It’s Tea Time!

Tea was discovered over five thousand years ago and is the second most consumed drink after water. Tea is a fantastic pick me up and one of the most refreshing drinks available. Of course, here at home, consuming a cup in the afternoons is not only a cherished tradition but part of many peoples lifestyle. Just because you are going on a cruise holiday doesn’t mean that the 4 PM calling for tea must be eliminated!

Each and every afternoon on many cruise ships, there’s the traditional British tea time. What varies is whether they have ‘Afternoon Tea’ consisting of tea, sandwiches, scones and cake and mainly a self serve or ‘High Tea’, a more formal event with white-gloved waiters serving on fine china with several trays of goodies.

Afternoon tea is something not to miss on a cruise holiday. Here is a brief description of what you can expect on some cruise lines that take tea time seriously.


The Palm Court holds afternoon tea daily with a harpist or musical performances themed towards the composer of the day. The waiting staff are very attentive, whether alone or with a group of friends. The sandwiches and savory pastries are always a delectable indulgence as are the wide variety of fine teas.

afternoon tea

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Celebrity will be happy to include a bottle of bubbly (if requested) during their version of a proper high tea. One of their specialty restaurants is set up for a fully fledged High Tea with a violinist, premium Forte teas, Wedgwood china and Riedel crystal and finger sandwiches and pastries. The high tea experience takes place once or twice a sailing and is not gratis but afternoon tea is an everyday occurrence and free of charge.


Holland America’s fleet is vast with many fabulous dining venues but their themed afternoon tea events really do stand out. One to note is the once a week Royal Dutch High Tea. This features waiter service in the main dining room with music provided by a string quartet. The right tea is always on hand and compliments a menu that includes a stunning presentation of delicate tea sandwiches and an assortment of biscuits and pastries.


There’s always a location for afternoon tea as a standard tradition onboard a Cunard ship. Afternoon tea is served at no extra cost in the Queens Room daily throughout the fleet. Also available is the enhanced Afternoon Tea experience which is chargeable but comes with many extras including a glass of Champagne, gourmet sandwiches and afternoon tea cakes. There will also be a Harpist playing during the event.

afternoon tea

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Afternoon Tea takes place on a Princess ship every day and is complimentary. Indulge in picture perfect finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and petit fours. White gloved waiters serve a variety of teas, whilst passengers listen to the soothing tones offered by a string quartet or other musical entertainers. Discover the variety of teas available instead of the standard originals with exotic fruit and aromatic flavours and pamper the palate with the miniature sandwiches and pastries served.


Afternoon tea is served in the one of the restaurants onboard all of the ships in P&O’s fleet. However, if you are booked on the new Britannia, then a real once in a lifetime treat is available. The owner of London’s Cake Boy boutique, celebrity chef and French patisserie, Eric Lanlard is overseeing Britannia’s new Champagne afternoon tea event in the Epicurean Restaurant.

afternoon tea Eric Lanlard

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Fred Olsen offer a complimentary afternoon tea service which includes many sandwich and cake options. They also offer a traditional afternoon service which incurs a small charge but offers fantastic views from the Observatory Lounge plus music from the onboard pianist and a range of premium teas and sandwiches.

Afternoon tea is a real highlight for many even when on holiday and with the different options available these days don’t forget to ask your cruise specialist for details before you book.

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Reflection and Remembrance on a Cruise Holiday


During 2014, several cruise lines are offering sailings for the recollection and understanding of two of the most significant events that took place in the 20th century. The waterways and seas of Europe are flowing to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The following cruise lines have added commemorative sailings.

Azamara Club Cruises

The ‘Memories of WWII Voyage’ will last for eleven days, will be held on the ship Azamara Journey and is due to start on June 3rd. Beginning out of Lisbon and finishing in Hamburg, the Azamara Journey will take passengers to see some of the most moving and historic parts of the war such as Cherbourg to see the D-Day Landing Beaches.

Amsterdam is also on the agenda and there is a ‘The North of France WWII’ experience tour offered, that takes visitors through graveyards and museums as well as the landing beaches. In the evening, there will be a D-Day Party complete with fine suits and big band music.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

UK based cruise line Fred. Olsen are honouring the 70th anniversary of D-Day as well. They plan on focusing on the sacrifices made during the war effort. The Braemar is the ship assigned for this once in a lifetime sailing and commences on June 1st. ‘The New Squadronaires’ with their ‘Big Band’ sound and considered the “RAF Number One Dance Band” are the headliners for this sailing. Tony Harris, Official Ambassador for the Help for Heroes charity will also be onboard.

Saling from Harwich, passengers will visit sights such as the Tyne Cot Cemetery and the D-Day Museum. While in Le Havre overnight, passengers get the opportunity to view the Allied Landing Areas the next day, June 6th which is designated as the ‘Day of Remembrance’.

The last port of call is Dunkirk where passengers will visit the Battle of Dunkirk Museum as well as the Town Cemetery which honours those Commonwealth soldiers fallen in both WWI and WWII. There is also a memorial set up to pay homage to the British Expeditionary Force. During the period of 1939 to 1940, there were 4500 casualties here who were left with unmarked graves.


The ten day cruise aboard the Silvercloud offered by Silversea in partnership with The National WWII Museum, who have arranged tours to Normandy for years. The ship cruises from Lisbon to Hamburg and begins on May 30th with some of the top historians on-board including Lord David Montgomery, Dr. Donald L. Miller and Rick Atkinson, amongst others.

They will be offering lectures and Q&As. The ship will spend five nights going through the Caen Canal where it will visit the landing bases as well as the Abbey de Caen, the Airborne Museum and Hill 314 where firsthand accounts of D-Day will be told by local citizens and veterans alike. A series of ceremonies honouring the anniversary will be held in the American Cemetery and late night receptions can be found in the Utah Beach Museum and the Memorial de Caen.

Swan Hellenic

Swan Hellenic’s cruise ship, the ‘Minerva’, will mark the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and the centennial of World War I with a 13-day expedition. Departing from Portsmouth, the Minerva will sail to Dunkirk and Ypres, France to Flanders Fields.

A special 70th Anniversary service of remembrance will be held on the sixth of June on board and in full view of the beaches of Normandy. The Swan Hellenic cruise line has always been known for its lecture series and this ‘Reflections of France’ sailing will have several historians sailing with the guests.

A cruise holiday will provide a tranquil way to reflect on the history during this period. Many passengers may have a personal tie to these events in which they have lost a family member and can now get a chance to pay respect to those lost in either war. For history buffs, they can gain a deeper understanding of what transpired during these volatile times.

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Cruises from the Bristol Port of Avonmouth

The United Kingdom has long been a popular place to embark on a cruise holiday with the most obvious benefit being that there are no airports to contend with!

Cruises from Bristol are relatively new and Avonmouth docks are easily accessible by road and rail plus of course Bristol airport is available for UK regional flights and for international travellers.

Avonmouth Station

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Bristol is proud to call it’s port ‘Britain’s most centrally located deep sea port’, meaning passengers can easily reach the city centre from where their cruise ship docks and explore all that Bristol has to offer. Bristol’s prosperity has been linked to the sea since it was founded as early as the Palaeolithic era and has many attractions and sights for cruise passengers to visit and enjoy.

The city is famous for its music and film industries and also has several very famous artworks throughout the city by world renowned artist Banksy.

The City Museum and Art Gallery is popular with many visitors and it is home to a large collection of archaeology, natural history, Chinese ceramics and art. It is also free for all visitors and open daily.


Bristol is also home to a wonderful historic city centre which has a number of large Tudor mansions which were once built for wealthy sea merchants who used Bristol port to trade goods in days gone by. There are also several buildings in the Byzantine architectural style which are unique to the city and sure to appeal to any fans of architecture and culture.

Many great day trips are available from this port for cruise passengers to enjoy. The charming city of Bath with its natural hot springs is just over 30 minutes away, Shakespeare’s beloved Stratford-upon-Avon and the university city of Oxford are both just an hour and a half away, and the historical wonders of Stonehenge are also less than 90 minutes from the port.

Bath Hot Springs

The two main cruise lines who offer cruises from Bristol are Fred Olsen and Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

Popular British cruise line Fred Olsen’s ship Boudicca will be sailing from here for the first time in 2014 and appeals to passengers who enjoy a smaller, more intimate ship as it has capacity for just 800 guests, a mere minnow in comparison to the modern super liners of today – the largest of which can hold more than 6,000 passengers and more than 2,000 crew!

The Cruise and Maritime ship that offers itineraries from Bristol is the MV Azores. Again, this is perfect for those guests who like to enjoy a smaller ship with less passengers and a more personalised cruise experience.


With all of these great reasons to visit the port of Bristol and two beautiful ships departing from this port why not enquire here to see if a cruise from this wonderful city should be included in your future holiday plans.


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