August 2017


Cruising is an increasingly popular form of holiday travel. Allowing the traveller to visit a range of destinations in a single holiday whilst experiencing amazing facilities, cuisine and service. However, with such a wide range of cruise lines offering differing styles, it can be hard to know where to begin. Much like any other form of holiday, not all cruises are the same and choosing the right cruise line is almost as important as choosing which itinerary to take.

There is no longer an average cruise passenger as all types of traveller are now seeing the benefits of this type of holiday. There are cruise lines that cater for families, some that are exceptionally good value, others provide the ultimate in luxury, and some that act as ocean based music festivals.

They also make for great multi-generational holidays, allowing grandparents, parents and children all travel together. It allows each generation to have their own space and interests take care of, whilst providing a shared experience and great family fun. Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian all have large ships featuring plenty of facilities for both adults and children. Royal Caribbean even have dodgems, ice rinks, skydiving and ziplines on their ships, so there’s never a dull moment.

Cruising has long been associated with luxury and there are some stunning ships available to cater to your every whim. Silversea is an all-suite, all-inclusive, ultra-luxury cruise line that has smaller vessels that can visit some fascinating destinations. Meanwhile, Celebrity Cruises are described as offering ‘Modern Luxury’ and modern they certainly are. In 2018 they will launch their most futuristic ship to date, Celebrity Edge.

But even with cruising’s association with luxury, it can also be a very economical way to take a holiday. P&O have some great value fares and also use the Pound as their on-board currency, ensuring there is no loss on exchange rates. Norwegian Cruise Line now offer their cruises as All-Inclusive and now include all drinks and gratuities. Their cruises remain very affordable whilst offering an amazing experience. There are also some fantastically good value cruises offered by Cruise & Maritime. With some itineraries departing from Tilbury, they have a range of cruises in 2017 and 2018 being offered on a buy 1 get 1 free basis.

Cruising can also be a great option for those who either cannot fly, or would just prefer not to. With ports such as Tilbury, Dover, Portsmouth and Southampton all within reach of Dartford, there are options to suit everyone. P&O offer a very British style of cruise out of Southampton, Fred Olsen have departures from Dover, and C&M have a some starting from Tilbury.

Taking a cruise can be a great way to tick several destinations of your travel list in the space of a single holiday. If you’ve not given it a try before then maybe 2018 is the time to step on board and see just how good it can be.

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