From exciting destinations to world-class cuisine, a cruise packs a lot of punch into a single vacation. But if you’re hesitant to set sail across the sea, we’re here to help. There are a few things to keep in mind before taking your first cruise. Nervous passengers may feel more secure on larger vessels, not only because there is less movement, but there is also plenty of onboard activities to keep you entertained. You may also want to opt for shorter itineraries. Three or four-day cruises are a great way to get your feet wet. So, if you want to give cruising a try, but are a little leery, we suggest starting with one of our favorite cruises for beginners.

Regent Seven Seas

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Regent Seven Seas takes the stress out wondering what is included, by including everything! Roundtrip business class airfare on intercontinental flights, unlimited shore excursions, two or three-night land programs, specialty restaurants, open bars and lounges and more are all included. From the officers to the attendants and butlers, your crew not only provides a smooth and safe journey, but goes above and beyond to meet your requests, and guide you through your journey. Finally, you’ll find a safe and comfortable haven in bespoke accommodations ranging from 300 to over 4,000 sqft. Feeling more like a hotel suite than a cabin, well-appointed rooms feature sitting areas, Elite Slumber beds, and fully stocked mini bar (filled with your preferences). In fact, the only difference between a five-star hotel and your suite is the incredible ocean views.

Royal Caribbean

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More of the quintessential cruise experience, Royal Caribbean bears the epithet of World’s Largest Cruise Line and recently took delivery of its 26th ship, Spectrum of the Seas. The ship checks two important boxes for hesitant travelers: it is large – accommodating 4246 guests – and it’s new – featuring the latest technology and design. Great for just about any traveler, from families to singles, the latest addition will feature amazing activities such as virtual reality thrills in Sky Pad, hand-crafted cocktails by robots at the Bionic Bar, and extraordinary accommodations like the Suite Club, which includes over the top amenities like a private dining room, lounge, and a solarium.

Oceania

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Oceania’s recent partnership with the prestigious Moet & Chandon means plenty of Dom Perignon to take the edge off. If flowing champagne isn’t reason enough to set sail on Oceania, the epicurean bounty onboard continually receives accolades throughout the industry for exceptional gourmet cuisine. Distinguished chefs create true masterpieces from regional specialties to gourmet vegan dishes. And, if you still need a stress reliever, the spa’s thalassotherapy pool and many over the top treatments will have you relaxing in no time.