As if we ever need a reason to take a cruise holiday? there are absolutely thousands, but here's ten just to start you off:
1. Cruising represents fantastic value for money
Sailing away has never been more affordable. Your cruise package includes accommodation, meals on board, entertainment, activities and social functions, use of all ship facilities, plus flights and transfers where applicable. Extras include any optional spa treatments, on board purchases (such as bar, shops, or casino), travel to and from the port (for UK departures), optional shore excursions and tours. Our advice is never to be put off by brochure fares that might seem a little too high for your budget, as there are often savings to be added to these. This means you can often have the balcony cabin or suite that you might have thought was out of reach.
2. It's the most convenient way to see the world
Most cruise companies now sail from a range of ports in the UK so it’s easy to travel to and from your joining port. If you choose to take a fly-cruise, the cruise line can arrange flights, baggage handling and transfers to and from the ship. We can always help with car parking, chauffeur transport from your home, whatever you need to make your holiday planning as easy as possible
3. There are so many ships to choose from, so there's always somewhere new to explore
There are tens of thousands of cruises to choose from, and a wide variety of cruise lines and ships to suit all tastes and requirements, from the small, intimate boutique ships carrying just a couple of hundred people to the larger ships that hold up to 6,000 passengers, the choice is yours. If you’re unsure about what type of cruise would suit you, we’re always happy to give you some advice.
4. Cruising can take you to parts of the world you might not have thought about before
See new places and unpack only once! Hotel based holidays cannot compete in this area. On a cruise, your ‘hotel’ floats from place to place, allowing you to see many points of interest on a single trip. The arranged excursions mean you can make the most of the destinations you visit and add to the experience. Just one cruise will leave you feeling like an experienced traveller. Many of our customers keep a journal; taking note of their favourite destinations so they can go back again, either on a cruise or on a land-based holiday.
5. You’ve heard about the great food, right?
Cruising is perhaps best known for the food. With award-winning and celebrity chefs alike, as well as a selection of top restaurants on board, the food has a well-deserved reputation. From ‘round-the-clock’ buffets and anytime dining, to elegant dining halls and even dining under the stars, cruises have it all on the menu. There’s usually an option to indulge in traditional dining too, with fixed sittings (often around 6.30pm or 8.30pm). The choice is always yours.
Each cruise offers a programme of activities and entertainment while on board. When you are not exploring ashore, during the day you can take part in activities, lectures, seminars and workshops, watch a film, read a book, or simply relax! You also have full use of the ship’s facilities, including fitness centre, swimming pools, deck games, sports and activities (which vary depending on the ship). As the evenings draw in you can enjoy entertainment such as West End/Broadway-style shows, comedians of all kinds, game shows, music and dancing. Every night there is something to suit anyone’s tastes. You’ll get a daily newsletter delivered to your cabin, listing times and locations of every activity and show, so you never miss out on the action.
7. Enjoy exceptional service
Whilst on board you can expect a nightly turn-down service and chocolates on your pillow, an expert waiter team and usually a wine sommelier, to attend to your every need at dinner. Cruise staff will greet you with a smile and offer assistance for anything you may need. The staff on board are always delighted to help but are never intrusive. You can expect to be treated like royalty; after all, this is all part of the cruise experience.
8. Meet new people
Dining aboard a cruise is a completely flexible affair, which means they’re great for meeting new people as you can dine with different guests each night if you prefer. Some cruise lines still offer traditional dining meaning your party is assigned a table at a specific time every night. Unless your party takes up an entire table, you will join other passengers. Many new friendships are formed in this way. Many cruise-goers find they enjoy the company of their fellow travellers, sharing stories and experiences. However, do not worry if you are a more private person; some cruise lines have broken out of the traditional dining mould and allow parties of any size to dine privately at the time of their choosing - even tables for two are available.
9. Learn new skills
Cruise ships can be wonderful places to learn. From photography masterclasses and cookery workshops to croquet and ballroom dancing, every day can be a learning day if you wish. Many cruise lines invite lecturers aboard to give talks on all matter of subjects, and there are always like-minded passengers to teach you a thing or two in the pub quizzes!
10. Dust off your long dresses and tuxedo
If you like to go glam from time to time, a cruise holiday is a perfect opportunity. Whilst many cruise lines adopt a more relaxed dress code, many still hold formal evenings on board, to which you’ll be invited. It’s almost impossible to be too elegant on a cruise, so make sure you save space for your costume jewellery and those sparkly sandals - and the bag to match of course!