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Published on January 9th, 2017 | by Emma Hackwood


Meet the Cruise Expert: Sue Harriman

She knows one of the world’s best cruise lines inside and out, has fantastic recommendations for your next cruise, and shares three game-changing cruise tips. Meet the Cruise Expert, Sue Harriman.


1. How many times have you been on a cruise?

I’ve worked on Royal Caribbean ships for four years and have travelled six more times with them since I left!

2. How many countries have you visited just while cruising?


3. What is your favourite cruise line and why?

Royal Caribbean.  They offer loads of activities, the food is fantastic, and the service is first class.

4. What is your favourite thing about cruising?

Waking up in a new destination every day and not having to re-pack your bags.

5. What was your memorable cruising experience/trip and why?

When I walked off the ship in Norway surrounded by mountains. It was a breathtaking, surreal moment.

avalon panorama docked on the river

6. What’s your favourite port and why?

Santorini. You have the option to take a donkey ride to get to the top of the hill where all of the shops and restaurants are located. Once you get there the views are stunning.

7. What are your top 3 cruise tips?

  1. Arrive the night before your cruise departs to avoid any stress of delays and to enjoy the first port of call.
  2. Pay for as much as you can before your cruise, including transfers and pre-paid gratuities.
  3. If you are a drinker… buy the alcohol beverage package.  This way you can just enjoy your vacation and not worry about price tags.

8. What cruise destinations would you recommend and why?

  • Vienna for the Prague Christmas Markets.  This is one of my favourite itineraries of all time.
  • Alaska because it’s a destination everyone must see at least once.
  • Hawaii. Cruising is the best way to see the main islands in seven nights.

9. Big ship vs small ship – How do you help a client decide?

If you’re looking for heaps of amenities, like onboard entertainment, a variety of restaurant options, and spacious hiding spots on the ship, then definitely a large ship. If you want a quieter more personal experience, then definitely a smaller ship.



Ready to set sail? For more information, connect with Sue online, visit her in-store, or call 1-866-581-7764.



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About the Author

Emma Hackwood

a freelance copywriter, amateur glider pilot and full-time adventure seeker, has travelled extensively in pursuit of her lifelong dream of simply seeing it all. Up to over 50 countries, she lists American Samoa and the seldom visited Marquesas Islands as her current favourite destinations, with a wandering eye on Guam and Tonga to complete her Pacific escapades.

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