As cruising has changed and evolved, it’s become a lot more than just sailing to sunny beaches whilst drinking cocktails. There is now a large range of cruise styles you can choose from to find the trip that is perfectly tailored to you. So, whether you’re an avid traveller who has never tried cruising or a long-time cruiser who is looking to try something new, take our quiz to find out what your perfect cruise style is.
Solo cruising may seem like a daunting idea to some, but there really is no better way to see the world independently. By opting for a solo cruise, you’ll be able to decide exactly what you do, every minute of your holiday. Plus, you don’t need to worry about trying to negotiate awkward transport and moving between locations, as that is all taken care of by your ship. Simply unpack once and then enjoy your trip.
Looking to embrace some of life’s great adventures? An expedition cruise is an amazing way to uncover some of the best journeys and experiences all around the globe. From the Northern Lights to Antarctica itself, going on an expedition cruise is a life-changing opportunity, and a great way to cross something off of your holiday bucket list. Endeavour to embrace some of the world’s most amazing sites, all whilst travelling in comfort and style, and with other like-minded adventurers.
We spoke to Janet, a blogger at Planet Janet Travels, who spoke to us about her experience with expedition cruises: “I have enjoyed expedition cruises in both Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. Both have truly been out-of-this-world experiences. It’s such a thrill to visit remote destinations with pristine landscapes of amazing beauty – and the opportunity to view incredible wildlife up close and personal. In Antarctica, adorable penguins are always the star attraction, they certainly stole my heart! In the Galapagos, I was mesmerized by prehistoric-looking marine iguanas, amazing seabirds, and ancient giant land tortoises. All of them unafraid of man!”
Janet told us why she would recommend expedition cruising: “Expedition ships are small (often 100-200 passengers), allowing them to visit a variety of remote landing sites. On both cruises, we enjoyed twice-daily, on-shore excursions, often reached by zodiac boats. Each landing, which was led by excellent naturalist guides, was wonderful and unique. Back on board the ship, the naturalists gave interesting talks about the flora and fauna that we were seeing. Learning was never such fun!
“And, never fear, expedition cruising doesn’t mean roughing it. After your day of exploration out in nature, you get to return to the comforts of the ship to enjoy a great meal and share exciting stories of the day with your fellow adventurers. It doesn’t get any better than this!”
River cruising allows you to meander through the heart of countries and cultures. By opting for a river cruise, you’ll be able to enjoy the history of a place and experience it at a completely unique angle. From trips down the Mekong to emerald river cruises, there are plenty of options to make sure you can find something perfect for you. There is a lot more to cruising the just ocean, and river cruising proves that wholeheartedly.
Luxury cruising allows you to travel the world with everything taken care of. With elegant ships and highly-professional staff, your every need will be taken care of whilst you cruise. If you are looking for a holiday where you can fully unwind and some of the best service, food and rooms you can imagine, luxury cruising can exceed your expectations.
Flavia, known online as Ships and Champagne, is an avid cruiser who enjoys the finer things in life. We asked her about her experience with luxury cruising: “I was invited on a cruise to the Caribbean in March last year. We sailed from Puerto Rico to Barbados calling at St Croix and St Lucia. It was absolutely wonderful. I have also been invited for lunch and ship tours onboard other luxury lines including Oceania, Regent, Crystal and Azamara Club Cruises.”
Flavia told us why she would recommend luxury cruising: “Luxury cruising is the ultimate hassle-free way to cruise. Everything is taken care of for you. The crew will know every guest by name and will make sure they are aware of your personal preferences before you board. Furnishings and bedding are far superior to that of other cruise lines and there are more luxury amenities in the rooms. There will be more included in the cruise fare, such as speciality restaurants, drinks, Internet and shore excursions, making it better value for money in the long run.
“Another benefit to luxury cruising is that the ships are smaller and carry fewer guests. This means there will be a lower guest to staff ratio, more square footage per passenger and no queues to get on or off in port. The ships will often dock within walking distance of the main town, unlike the larger ships, which will be further away.”
For those who want the holiday without the hassle, no-fly cruising does exactly what it says on the tin. Don’t worry about getting yourself on a plane and then to a distant port before your cruise even starts, instead, enjoy a great holiday from a UK port. Departing from Southampton, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle, Dublin and many more, a no-fly cruise can still take you to far-flung corners of the world and then back home again.
If you are interested in cruising for first time, or trying a new style of cruise, check out our types of cruise page to see all of the options available.