Shandelle Battersby shares what you need to know.

So you've listened to Aunty Pat, and Gayle and Peter down the road and you've decided to book your first cruise. Now what?

UNSURE? DIP YOUR TOE IN THE WATERS

The cruise life is for most people, but definitely not for everyone. If you're having a few wobbles, perhaps try a shorter cruise first — maybe a transtasman or Pacific Island jaunt.

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CHOOSE A CRUISE THAT FITS

Yes, there's a lot of crossover, but the cruise lines all have their own specific markets and vibe. If you're wanting to hit the onboard

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