8 Helpful Cruise Services That Could Change The Way You Cruise Forever


You’re about to discover eight services that could change the
way you cruise, forever. Hi, I’m Gary Bembridge. This is another of my Tips for Travellers. I want to share with you
eight amazing services that I think could help you think about and cruise very differently. Starting with this one. Finding a cruise mate. If you’re a solo traveller, you are often hit with a big
surcharge for double occupancy. So finding someone to cruise
with you is the way to go. However, you might not have friends or family that want to go cruising. So there are a whole bunch of
really interesting services that help you find a cabin mate. There’s probably three big buckets of ways that you can do that. First of all, there are
very specific cruise agents that will actually
package singles holidays and offer a matching
service as part of the deal. And if they can’t find a suitable match you will still pay the lower price. So a good example of
that is Vacations To Go. They put together solo cruises throughout the year in
all different regions, and they do that matching service. So that’s a good one to look at if you want someone else
to do the job for you. There’s also a whole bunch of cruise sites that you can go to where
they offer matching services. So, a couple of ones
that I have come across that I know really work for people is there’s cruisemates.com,
there’s cruisetrends.com, silversurfers.com, Cruise Mate Finder. So a whole bunch of sites
that are cruise related and there’s lots of forums there, where you can find a cabin mate. Another one that’s really popular and a lots of people have found, have worked for them is
using the site meetup.com. On there if you search for
solo cruises or single cruises, you’ll find lots of groups which are often location or cruise
specific, where people are looking to meet other
people to go cruising with. The next really interesting service is around luggage transfer services. It can be a real big hassle
taking your bags on flights, getting them, transferring to the buses, getting to the ship, carrying on the ship and all that hassle of bags, you know, wherever it is around the world that you’re joining your cruise. There are a whole bunch of luggage transfer
opportunities that you have. Now, many of the cruise lines partner with different companies to do that, but you can also go to
the companies direct. The main company that cruise lines partner with is called luggageforward.com. So Princess Seabourn
Regent Services, Cunard, Holland America, Oceania,
Uniworld, Viking and Windstar, at the time of recording,
all use luggageforward.com. Crystal Cruises uses a different company which is called luggageconcierge.com. But if you want to do it yourself there are many other sites online. So for example, there is another site which is also very popular, which is called
luggagemule.co.uk, out of the UK. It can be a relatively
expensive thing to do because they charge between
five to $8, a pound, roughly. So it could cost you $200 or $300 to send your bag to the
ship and vice versa, but it could take a lot of hassle out. If you want a less
expensive way of doing it, also understand what other
options your cruise line offers. For example with Royal Caribbean
you have an opportunity where you can actually check
your bags in on the ship and they take it to the airport. Or you have Disney, for example,
where if you are staying at one of their resort hotels in Orlando, they will then transfer that
bag right through to the ship. The third service that could transform your cruising experience, a lot of people might already know about, and that’s Independent Shore Excursions. But there’re a couple of services which are really great
because they integrate really seamlessly with
the cruise experience. On these sites you basically
go, you input your cruise and then for every single port it will give you the
excursions which they offer. You normally find there are smaller groups and they are a cheaper price. Some of the ones to look
at are shoretrips.com, CruisingExcursions.com, and
shoreexcursionsgroup.com. They also will include guarantees that we’ll get you back
to the ship on time and if they don’t it will be their cost and hassle to get you
to get back to the ship. But these are companies that have been around for a long time and really integrate seamlessly with the cruising experience. And that’s something that
people are using more and more, because excursions can be a big cost and the advantage of
some of these services is you can do some different excursions often with smaller groups
and at a lower cost. But always check the terms and conditions and make sure things like getting you back to the ship on time is covered. Another service that I came across that is fantastic because it makes cruising possible for people that have accessibility or other issues, and this is companies that you can hire accessibility equipment, whether it’s as simple as wheelchairs or mobility scooters,
right through to equipment that help make your cabin
accessible friendly, specific things for your
bed or bath or whatever. And these are great
because it means people that perhaps couldn’t
cruise before can now make sure that the cruising
experience is set up for them. And these are companies they partner with different cruise lines, and they set it up on the ship themselves, because they have
arrangement with the ships. If you ever looking at anything like that, the companies that I know, and have heard people use
and are very happy with include companies like
specialneedsatsea.com, mobilityatsea.com and another company called scootaround.com. So these are great companies
with great services. So, even if perhaps one
day you’ve injured yourself and you’re going on a cruise, and you just need a wheelchair because you’ve broken a leg or something, take a look, because it’s
going to revolutionise the way that you cruise, great services. Linked to that is another great service which is perhaps a little
bit more specialised, and these are people
who will provide carers with medical backgrounds,
so they’re normally nurses, who will come on a cruise with you if you do have any medical needs and it avoids you, then having
to use the medical centre, but also a lot of cruise
lines won’t let you on unless you have someone who cares for you, so they can make sure
that they will escort you on excursions, they’ll sort out your cabin if there’s any any special needs and deal with any medical
issues you’ve got. One of the companies that does that is a company that’s called
medicaltravelcompanions.com. And these are really helpful whether you have a medical issue, a mental issue or anything like that. And they will come on a cruise with you and they will look after
you and all of your needs. So that’s a great service, again, because it means
that people who perhaps couldn’t go cruising
before can now go cruising. One of the services that
isn’t going to cost you any money is if you’re travelling by yourself whether you’re lady or gentleman and you love to dance,
a lot of cruise lines have gentlemen or lady dance hosts. These tend to be on cruise lines which will have live dance,
music and it means that you also have someone to dance with without having the embarrassment of trying to find someone to dance with. Now, you have to be
really careful if you are interested in that particular
service, who provides it. So you’ll find lines like Cunard have it. I’ve been on Saga Cruises who also have it. So, take a
look at the cruise lines, you’ll tend to find that it tends to be cruise lines have a slightly more traditional cruising experience. So take a look and find out
if they do have dance hosts, that’s a service that
will certainly make you, in the evenings, have a great time and not restrict you in what you can do, versus people who’re travelling
with friends or family. Another service which is really great, particularly if you’re going on a cruise for a special occasion, is many cruise lines
have massive online shops, which you can order online before you go. So, you can order things
like room decorations, or treats in the room,
whether it’s champagne, chocolate strawberries, flowers, special gifts, merchandise,
all sorts of crazy things that you can do, things that
you wouldn’t even expect. Now, some of them, also, you can then buy and
have delivered at home. But the great thing is, if
you’re going on a cruise with a friend or family or partner, and you’ve got some event coming up, an anniversary, a birthday,
something like that, you can order some crazy
things for your cabin. So, when you arrive your cabin can be decorated, there’ll
be lots of treats there. So, some of the ones to look at, for example, some of the biggest lines that have them are the Carnival Fun Shop, which is at carnival.com/funshops, Royal Caribbean have
royalcaribbean.com/royalgifts. A Norwegian site is norwegiangiftshop.com. When it comes to shopping and buying things online for cruising, there’s another service which
may not be applicable to you, unless you’re a crew, but
there is sites out there, and companies out there that will help relieve the pressure of crew when they have limited time on board to have to go and do chores. So, for example there’s a
site called forcrewonly.com, and they’ll do all the shopping in certain ports for crew,
they bring it to the ship, and so the crew just has
to come off and fetch it from the delivery people there. They’ll do things like that, they’ll even, you can have Amazon orders
processed through there. They have an online site where
there’s a myriad of things, from toiletries, to gifts,
all sorts of things, that crew can then order. It means that when they do have that limited amount of time, they can actually go and relax, and enjoy themselves or
have a nap, or whatever, and let someone else do the shopping. There’s loads of
different services growing and popping up all around the place, as cruising becomes more and more popular. Those are eight of them
that I’ve come across that I think will change
the way that people cruise, and the things they do on
cruising, a really big way. If you have any others,
I’d love to hear from you, but I do have many more videos, packed full of cruising
tips, advice and ideas. So, why don’t you watch
another one of those right now?

47 thoughts on “8 Helpful Cruise Services That Could Change The Way You Cruise Forever

  1. I still don't understand shipping your luggage. Maybe for someone who has physical ailments and can't tote their luggage around🤔 🤷🏾‍♀️

  2. I’m currently on a Hawaiian cruise on the Grand Princess for 15 days ,, our first and last cruise , it’s nothing but a giant sales pitch , short shore times , the quality of the shows are the same I’d find at the local bar!, I’m just happy we got a suite , i cant imagine being stuck on this tub in one of those little boxes they call rooms ,, the only good part is the staff ,, the service is top notch ! Sad yopu see I’m on YouTube instead of hanging on the ship!

  3. We have used shore excursions group alot and have never had any problems. Thanks for the other 2 websites to try.

  4. Thanks for the great tips! Love your content and hope you keep it coming! Thanks for being part of the global travel community! Remember Live more…Worry Less!!!

  5. Hello Gary and good video as usual showcasing your tips and ideas etc about ship cruising and even though your advice is very useful I know that I might have watch the video one or two times again just to absorb the knowledge you’re giving us and I’ve probably not mentioned this previously but I’ve done some mini cruises from England to such places in Europe like France Belgium Netherlands and Denmark albeit many years or decades ago and I know that before I commit to a big cruise like a week or fortnight or a month on any big seas or oceans I’d like to do some mini cruises to get myself into a routine so that’s it for now though please feel free Gary or anyone to correct me or add more ideas so until then take care and cheerio

  6. Useful tips about the accessibility resources… Thanks so much! Also regarding luggage transfers, we stayed at the Pan Pacific in Vancouver right next to the cruise port prior to an Alaska cruise and that hotel offered the service of taking our suitcases directly to the ship, the only stipulation being that we be in the room when they picked up the luggage… So that made it a very painless embarkation!!!

  7. I can't imagine going to some service to get a total stranger to share a cabin with me for a week or longer. I think I'll just pay double, thank you very much. LOL

  8. You by far are the best for advice on cruises. I like that you are straight to the point and don't waste time (also love the stock clips!). I have an idea for a topic. Can you do tips based on what port you are departing from? In fact you could have a whole series on this topic. I live in San Francisco and am always curious on what are the best cruises and tips from here so I don't have to fly anywhere. Thanks for being the best of the best!

  9. I'm a bit reluctant to go on a cruise. Part of me thinks it's more fun to watch these videos than to partake of the experience myself.

  10. For shore excursions check viator.com. I have no affiliation with it, but found it very useful. Just remember that contrary to the ship excursions, if you are late, it is on you.

  11. Great video Gary. I have never heard of some of those services. I like the independent shore excursion companies. Great alternative if certain ship excursions are all booked up.

  12. Vacations to go, is my primary cruise searching tool.
    Has everything in one place.
    Although when I decide what I want…..I go to the official cruise line web site to book.

  13. Crystal have male dance partners that are very busy indeed. Solo (and some married) passengers keep them dancing.

  14. When I was 19 in 1973 I did not mind sharing a room but now I am 65 I would no be too keen on that unless I had one of those huge suites with 2 bedrooms

  15. I can vouch for LuggageForward and LuggageFree with great results on both cruises and hotel/resort stays. Some great info in this post as always – many thanks!

  16. This is awesome information! I often hear people say that they can’t travel because of there disabilities. I in no way want to presume that I understand what they are going through, but it’s nice that I can give them a few options to look in to. 👍🏾 Cruising is such a great way to start traveling….don’t want people to miss out.

  17. I broke my leg three weeks before an RCCL Cruise last year. The Scootaround company was wonderful to deal with. My scooter was delivered right to my cabin.

  18. I found the information on accessibility very interesting, you covered physical but what about mental? How is traveling with children and adults who are special needs and need some accommodations?

  19. Hi Gary, thank you for another informative video! I have used Needs At Sea twice so far for my husband, and they are fantastic! Keep spreading your knowledge! 🙂

  20. Dublin Port (North Wall) is being expanded to take Cruise ships, yet when coming home to Ireland by ferry from Holyhead, after arriving from Manchester Piccadilly on SailRail, a big bugbear for me at the Irish Ferries Terminal is that the Dublin LUAS trams do not serve it (only as far as The Point, on the Dublin side) and unless you have a car, Transport options into Dublin City Centre are very limited, including taxis – most train lines around the Port area are only geared towards freight and have thier junction just beyond Dublin Connolly Station, with no connections to Dublin Docklands Station for trains to Maynooth & Mullingar via Clonsilla (If I could use this Station I would do so for the M3 Parkway Trains, as my family live in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, where Bus Eireann Coaches from Dublin Busaras Coach Station are an expensive nightmare

  21. Can you ship your luggage from your house to the port you're leaving from? I will be driving to the port I'm leaving and looking not to have to mess with luggage if possible. I live in Ohio and will be crusing from Port Liberty in NJ in Oct. There are going to be 6 of us going. Is it worth the money to ship it?

  22. Ho garry o was wondering if you could do a tips and tricks on the carnival breeze chip I'm going cruising in a little bit and it would help 😁

  23. A suggestion.
    List in the show notes the LINKS to your videos TIPS (like the valuable ones you talked about here), instead of the links to your other videos since those automatically come to the subscribers to your channel anyway.

    Or do both…

  24. I had never heard of the luggage forwarding. Sounds great and well worth it! I'll be checking it out for our next cruise,

  25. Hello again, Jenny from Sydney, thank you so much for all your videos they are amazing BUT this one top the cake… is wonderful all the VERY usfull information that you just gave us in this video – thank you thank you thank you again.

  26. Do you ever cover P&O cruises? They seem the easiest company to book cruises with but I don't hear you mention them much.

  27. I wish you would include links in the description to the websites you referenced in your video, particularly the independent excursions. Otherwise, a very helpful and informative video.

  28. Hey Gary, since you have so much experience with cruise ships, have you ever made a video on what are the top 5 features or services you would LIKE to see on a cruise ship? For example, instead of picking up all 3000 passengers in Miami, I've wondered why one ship couldn't pick up passengers at different US ports for the same trip.

  29. This is a wonderful video full of tips I have not seen anywhere else. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us. I love this video and the rest of them too. You have helped me learn so much for my first cruise next month.

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