Cruising has definitely become a cool holiday choice! The fabulous variety of places you can visit and waking up with a new place to explore every day makes cruising an increasingly popular choice.
The key to a great land based holiday is finding the right place to stay and mixing with people you like and have something in common with. Cruising is no different – ships come with a star rating and offer everything from small and intimate like a boutique hotel to the Megaships boasting activities, all inclusive options and a wide choice of restaurants.
Destinations are also now wider than ever; you can relax island hopping in the Caribbean or around the Greek Islands, get close to nature in the Galpagos or whale watching in the Arctic, absorb the culture of famous cities, or simply sail around Great Britain visiting places you might otherwise never see.
There are so many ‘cruise offers’ it can be tempting just to look at the price – bargains can seem very attractive but not many people would select their hotel just on price.
Cruising seems to come with it's own 'jargon' and when you first start to look this can feel quite mystifying. We aim to make it simple but no question is a silly one so just feel free to ask. Here are our top reasons to take a cruise.
The Easy Way to Travel - On a cruise holiday the destinations come to you. Generally you will sail at night and be in a different port every day when you wake, though on most cruises there are one or two days 'at sea' depending on how far you are traveling. Once you first arrive at your ship your luggage will be delivered straight to your cabin leaving you to check-in and set up your ship board account. Cabins are compact but very well designed with plenty of storage space and you only need to unpack once, very different to being on a land based tour. If you travel from one of the UK ports such as Southampton, we can arrange Meet and Great Parking at the port or a Coach Transfer which will take care of your luggage and deliver you right to the side of the ship.
The Choice of Destinations to Experience - Island hopping is a great way to experience the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. When you sail into cities like Venice you have a wonderful view that you never quite experience arriving by plane or taxi. Cruises can also take you up close to nature with cruises to the Fjords, Galapagos, Arctic and Antarctica. We can also tailor-make your holiday if you want to include a cruise as part of a longer itinerary.
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Family Fun - Provided you pick the right ship and cruising can be a great holiday for the whole family with a vast range of family friendly restaurants and activities. On the large 'resort style' ships there are kids clubs, water parks, surf simulators, zip wires, climbing walls, ice rinks and the majority of activities come at no extra charge. You can also arrange 'drinks packages' for children and adults if you want to pre-budget with an 'all inclusive' price.
Fabulous Food - It has always been impossible to go hungry on a cruise ship but the emphasis is now about providing choice of where and when you eat. There are specialty restaurants and celebrity chefs if you want to enjoy fine dining or relaxed cafes and buffets when you want something casual. You also have lots of opportunity to sample the local cuisine as itineraries are tailored to give you lots of time ashore. The time you eat is also now far more flexible with many ships now offering 'anytime dining' even in the more formal restaurants.
Amazing Value - Your cruise price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, in cabin dining, afternoon tea as well as onboard activities and entertainment. Some cruise lines include shore excursions others onboard drinks – talk to our specialists about what is important to you.
Once you have chosen your cruise itinerary and ship, its time to decide what type of cabin you would like. With over 30 cabins or stateroom types on some of the new 'megaships' it can feel very confusing. Cabins don't vary much in size until you get to the suite categories; they are compact but well fitted out and all have private bathrooms. The cabin grades indicate the type of cabin but also the location on the ship; when selecting your cabin aim for a mid level deck and a cabin in the middle of the ship – this reduces the amount of movement.
As a guide here are the four main types of cabin or stateroom:
Inside Cabin – these have no window or porthole to give natural light. On most ships they are the cheapest option and if you are working to a tight budget this may be the best option - most passengers spend very little time in their cabin.
Outside Cabins – these have a porthole on the lower decks or a picture window on the higher decks.
Balcony Cabins – these are generally the same size as the outside cabins but with the addition of a veranda the width of the cabin.
Suites – these cabins are larger and have more living space. In most case they also have larger balconies and are a good choice if you want to spend time in your cabin. Most cruise lines will offer in suite dining and some even give a butler service.
Cabins can generally be configured as double or twin bedded. Some ships do have single cabins however in the majority of cases single passengers will have a double for sole use. There are also three and four bedded cabins for families - the additional berths often being folded away by your cabin steward during the day to make additional space. For larger families there are inter-connecting cabins and on some of the modern ships there are family 'apartments' with several bedrooms. Unlike land based hotels, you book a specific cabin on a cruise so you can plan exactly where you would like to be.
What our customers say:
"Having three children always makes finding suitable accommodation difficult and expensive. This year we wanted a cruise and Helen immediately knew which ships offerred family cabins and saved us £1500 on the cost of having two cabins. We had an amazing time - thank you for all your help, advice and service - we will definitely recommend you to our friends."Martha N, Knutsford, Cheshire
"We have returned from another lovely holiday in Italy. The arrangements as ever were exceptionally good, I really appreciate all the extra help you give Dina."Mrs L, Didsbury, Manchester