A cruise holiday will take you to a new destination almost every day. You can discover some of the world’s finest regions in one holiday. Plus the ship is like a destination its self with fantastic facilities, amazing restaurants and superb entertainment. You can even cruise from the UK missing out all the hassle of flying and waiting for those pesky luggage carousels. Depart from Southampton, Dover, Liverpool, Harwich and many more for a great range of itineraries.
If you prefer to fly straight to the sunshine then again, there are a whole host of cruises waiting for you. From the Mediterranean and Canary Islands to the Norwegian Fjords and Baltic Capitals, these are just a few of the example cruises you can take right from the UK. Fly cruises include unforgettable holidays to destinations such as the Caribbean, Far East, Australasia, Black Sea, Canada, New England and so much more. Imagine waking up in Barcelona one day and Rome the next, sound good? That’s because it is, and you thought you wouldn’t like it!
Like to Relax in One Place?
Not a problem! Modern day cruise ships offer facilities to rival some of the greatest hotel resorts in the world. You’ll find a fabulous range of pool areas to choose from, incredible spa suites and state of the art fitness facilities. Dine in spectacular restaurants with something for everyone or simply laze the day away on your own private veranda looking out over the sea. Cruise holidays take you to some of the finest ports of call imaginable but if you prefer to sit back, relax and unwind, nobody is stopping you.
Just take in the fresh sea air, enjoy the enchanting climates and watch as the sun shimmers across the ocean. Whether you wish to head ashore and explore the fascinating sights or stay on board and indulge in the luxurious ambiance of your ship, there is something for everyone to enjoy aboard a cruise.
Love Great Food?
Enjoy dressing up for dinner, heading out and discovering exciting new restaurants? Great then even more so, a cruise is perfect for you! Not only do you have the amazing main dining rooms on board but you can also now choose from a magnificent range of speciality dining venues. Main dining rooms on board provide the chance to enjoy either traditional dining with the same table each evening ready and waiting for you or you can opt for freedom dining and have complete flexibility each night to head for dinner when it suits you.
Simply arrive and as soon as table is ready, you will be seated. Select speciality venues include such sumptuous cuisine as Asian Fusion, authentic Italian, French, Mexican and now even new concepts such as Churrascaria Brazilian restaurants captivating al fresco venues to watch the sunset. Whether you are looking to dress up and enjoy a formal evening on board or relax in a casual atmosphere, there is always somewhere to suit your mood.
Enjoy Daytime Activities?
You’re in the right place. Not only can you experience excellent excursion opportunities when heading ashore but on board your ship you have the choice of a brilliant range of entertainment options throughout each and every day. If you’re a sports enthusiast, you’ll love the sports facilities on board including football, tennis, basketball, squash, cricket, golf simulators and much more. There’s even the opportunity to practice your clay pigeon shooting on board.
For the adrenaline junkies on board Royal Caribbean offer the chance to take on the rock climbing wall at sea as well as the hugely popular Flow Rider, a surfing simulator designed to put your skills to the test. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, give it a try. From there you could then head down the decks for Studio B, Royal Caribbean’s renowned ice skating venue. Take lessons in skating, enjoy family time or even take your seat in the audience for a spectacular ice show.
The entertainment does not stop there. With new ships arriving all the time and the boundaries of innovation forever being put to the test, the Quantum of the Seas will take to the seas in 2015 featuring the first ever skydiving simulator at sea. iFly will be set right at the aft of the ship offering incredible views of the sea as you get to experience what it feels like to fly. There’s also the phenomenal North Star, a towering structure that will transport passengers 300ft into the air and out over the side of the ship, ideal for when you want to take in the sensational views on arrival say into New York for example. Starting to convince you? Thought so.
Of course these are just the options when on board. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what there is to do when in port. All cruise lines offer a remarkable choice of excursions for every single port of call. Experience a gondola ride in Venice, see the Coliseum and Vatican City in Rome, stroll down Las Ramblas in Barcelona, see the Great Wall in of China or perhaps go scuba diving in the Red Sea or at the Barrier Reef. These are just a few examples of what life can be like on board a thrilling cruise holiday. There really is no other holiday like it so what are you waiting for?
Enjoy Good Nightlife?
Perfect, a cruise offers just this and you don’t even have to worry about getting a taxi back or the long walk back to the hotel. Cruise ships provide the choice of a fabulous range of bars, lounges and nightclubs to choose from. Enjoy a theatre show inspired by Broadway and West End classics, chill out to the smooth tones of a jazz band, take in a classical recital or simply let your hair down and dance the night away at the nightclub venues, there’s something for all. Norwegian Cruise Line are just one of many cruise lines that continue to raise the bar in entertainment.
On board new ships NCL Breakaway and NCL Getaway you’ll discover ice bars featuring three dimensional icy elements inspired by the ship’s Magic City home, not forgetting attractions such as Illusionarium, home to breath taking magicians and circus shows, you can even dine here if you wish. As if we could forget, there’s also the mind blowing Aqua Theatre on board Oasis and Allure of the Seas, an outdoor entertainment venue with marvellous trapeze artists and water shows before the water is closed over by an outdoor dance floor, ready to welcome passengers and play tunes into the morning hours under the stars.
Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises even give you the chance to take in the latest blockbuster movies with Movies under the Stars and SeaScreen. Wrap up with a blanket on the comfortable sun loungers and tuck into freshly made popcorn.
Entertainment ashore also continues into the night. Many cruise lines offer overnight stays in port for you to have the chance to spend more time ashore taking in the sights and enjoying the culture. Azamara Club Cruises also offer a unique opportunity known as AzAmazing Evenings, an event where passengers are transported to an exclusive venue to take in such features as private concerts and much more.
Prefer Sophistication and Cultural Enrichment?
We have you covered! If you don’t like the sound of what we’ve mentioned before, then it doesn’t mean cruising isn’t for you, it just means we change the cruise line and point you in the direction of something that’s right up your street. Cunard Insights is just one example of a superb on board program featuring an educated glimpse and look behind the scenes. This brilliant Cunard feature invites passengers to meet some fascinating and inspirational personalities from academics and ambassadors to politicians and film producers. Examples include the well-travelled writer Bill Bryson and a man that has ventured even greater distances, space shuttle astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman to name just a few.
Guest speakers are a regular occurrence aboard a whole host of cruise lines. From wine tasting events to port guide lectures, there is always something to see and discover. Oceania Cruises are proud to boast the Bon Appétit Culinary Centre, designed for passengers to immerse themselves in the joy of cooking gourmet cuisine under the expert guide of the Oceania Cruises master chefs. It’s the world’s only hands on culinary studio at sea and a truly fantastic experience elevating the on board gourmand attraction to a level far beyond the norm and even the most grand of expectations.
All this and we haven’t even begun to talk about the art of discover cruising. Swan Hellenic are a prime example with over 50 years of experience, this British company continue to provide world class small ship discover adventures combining delights and surprises to satisfy curious minds.
Now for Expedition Cruising and the art of taking passengers to places you thought you could only dream of. Experience destinations such as Alaska, The North Cape, Antarctica and The Galapagos Islands up close and like never before. Occupying an average of around 150 guests, these superb cruise ships have magnificent amenities and still manage to retain the intimacy and personal touches required for the upmost in exceptional service. Taking you to these remarkable destinations, you’ll have the chance to truly explore. Head off in a Zodiac craft to witness beautifully formed glaciers or take the time to venture into the homelands of some of the world’s most entrancing wildlife.
Like Your Own Space?
Your cabin on board becomes your own personal luxury haven. Not only will you be looked after like royalty, you also have all the amenities you could possibly imagine. From state of the art, interactive in-cabin entertainment to 24 hour room service and even the opportunity enjoy balcony dining; your cabin is the ideal place to wash away all the stresses of day to day life. Suites take things up a notch with incredible open spaces, huge bathrooms and wrap around verandas.
Plus with suites you’ll receive your very own butler service as well as private concierge to take care of any excursion or dining bookings you wish to make. Suite categories continue to be enhanced as cruise lines develop even greater and more innovative ways of improving your personal space. Jacuzzi’s on your balcony, grand pianos and furniture designed by Ralph Lauren are just a few examples you can expect when booking one of these wonderful accommodations.
There are so many people convinced that cruising isn’t the right holiday for them but just haven’t realised just how special a cruise holiday can be. Hopefully we’ve managed to persuade you otherwise and encouraged you to give it a try, remember though, don’t blame us when you become a cruise addict!