Never done cruising before, wouldn't really know what pitfalls to look out for..
Did come close, a few years ago, planned to take a short cruise around the Mediterranean with friend Lynn, (seasoned cruiser) seemed to know the ins and outs of what to look for.!
Lynn wouldn't pay for organised trips, didn't think it necessary, knew exactly where to purchase tickets and best routes for country's local transport!
So happens, I had to postpone plans because of a health problem, and friend travelled with another group.
Have visited a couple of cruise fairs, a bit chaotic to be honest, difficult to get reps attention, not many bargains to be had, some to be found on shorter cruises, mostly around British Isles, others to France, lots offering discounts to Norwegian Fjords!
Lynn always cruising, done all the fly cruising, many different companies, been everywhere, away at the moment, but this time, sailed from Southampton with P&O!
Wouldn't dream of sailing from Liverpool, Fred Olsen not up to Lynn's standard