Six ways to escape the crowds

Cruise expert Jo Hall has some tips for finding quiet space on a cruise.

Six ways to escape the crowds

Fancy getting away from it all? If you’re considering a cruise, but are worried you’ll be sharing your floating resort with too many other people, there are plenty of ways to find some quiet spaces. Here are our top six recommendations.

Book a balcony
Balcony accommodation gives you a private outdoor space of your own for sun bathing, reading, watching the scenery and, if your ship offers room service, enjoying your meals. If your budget can stretch to it, opt for a suite with even more space, with the bonus of a separate bedroom and larger balcony.

Find your ship’s quiet spaces
Good places to seek out include the library and, on larger ships, the promenade deck beneath the lifeboats, which should be shadier and have sun loungers. Another great place to escape to is the spa – besides a spot of pampering, they are havens of quiet with relaxation rooms, some ships offering dedicated spa accommodations such as Celebrity and Costa.

Go small, luxury
A small, luxury ship has fewer guests sharing your space, and cruise lines including Seabourn and Regent offer more balcony accommodations to choose from. Dining is also open seating – you dine when and with whom you choose – and 24-hour room service is a given, so you can eat in your suite.

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