Please Note - If you are cruising around Australia you need to select Pacific.
With Regions, variances can apply for Bali, Indonesia, Japan and Middle East.
You are not required to enter stop-over countries if your stop-over is less than 48 hours.
As a millennial travel aficionado, Natalie Smith, Marketing Manager, Comparetravelinsurance.com.au, had previously sworn off cruises as a fun-zone for young families and over-fifties. But after her first holiday afloat, Smith is well and truly on board the trend. She describes how a country music cruise captured her heart and converted her to a cruise-lover, for good.
“I would never have called myself a ‘cruise person’, let alone a ‘country music cruise’ person. I couldn’t imagine being stuck on a boat for a whole week or two (I’ll always remember my nan saying that cruises were like ‘prison with the option of drowning’). I thought cruises were for pensioners, parents with young kids and certainly no place for a mid-30’s gal looking for a bit of R&R. But after seven nights onboard the Radiance of the Seas I was shocked at how much I enjoyed myself.
I’ve always felt a bit disorientated while traveling, especially in my years as a flight attendant. But my time onboard seemed to take on a vague yet entirely peaceful quality. It became hard to remember life ‘BC’ (before cruise) and keeping track of the days was a challenge. Luckily Royal Caribbean knows this and changes a sign at the bottom of all elevators each day reminding you what day it is. Brilliant! #eatsleepcruiserepeat
Your fellow passengers very quickly become your family-at-sea. Perhaps it’s the nature of all ‘floating bars’, but after a week I felt like I'd made new friends for life. Age doesn’t seem to register, and most of the time I struggled to keep up with the 80-year-olds cutting shapes on the dance floor. Those extra espresso martinis didn’t hurt either. (Shout outs to my new favs Gail & Cheryl!)
Having travelled to over 40 countries, studied tourism management and worked as a flight attendant for over three years, Natalie knows more than a thing or two about travel! She’s an adventure-lover, whose favourite trips have been trekking Machu Picchu and volunteering in an animal shelter in the Amazon. Qualified in Tier 2 General Insurance General Advice and specialising in travel insurance for the last five years, she in passionate about helping travellers get the most out of their holiday.