Cruises have become increasingly popular over the years, with the wide range of cruising options available having tempted over 1.7 million Britons last year (source: Passenger Shipping Association). Whatever your opinion is of cruises, and whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first timer, many of your questions can be answered in this blog.
When planning that long-awaited and well-deserved trip away, does the thought of flying abroad stress you out? If so, here’s some benefits of cruising instead:
1. Value for money
It’s true that a cruise can be very costly, but there are some great deals out there. When you truly consider what is included in the price, you could have found yourself a bargain!
For the total cost of your boating holiday, you will be provided with accommodation, non-stop daytime and evening entertainment and all your meals – just think of how many countries you will discover all in one trip!
2. Less planning, less stress
When planning your usual holiday getaways, how long do you spend researching hotels, flights, activities, tourist hotspots, great restaurants….the list goes on! But when you settle on that perfect cruise, everything else is handled by your cruise operator. Sit back relax and let the waters take you to the most scenic cities, the best hotspots, provide your entertainment and hot meals. There are also some beautiful sunsets to be had on the balcony of your room, looking out across the ocean. Bliss!
3. Get social
Whether you are taking a family trip, a romantic getaway or exploring the world solo, cruises are a great place to meet great like-minded people. Wandering around the ship will provide you with the perfect opportunity to make friends and meet interesting people from every corner of the world. Have a drink during the evening entertainment or a chat on deck and you will be surprised who you might meet.
Ever fancied visiting an exotic location but worried about their cultural customs or language barriers? Not sure where tourists are safe to explore or nervous about where you could stay? Well, cruising takes away these reservations and does the research for you! The destinations that you moor up at will be well worn tourist paths and safe locations for you to fully explore and enjoy.
Types of cruising
If you think that all cruises are the same – glamorous and expensive colossal ships floating around in the Caribbean – then you may be pleasantly surprised. A cruise can be just that if you fancy splashing out and getting dressed up, but there are so many options to consider.
- River cruises
Wind your way down the waterways of the world on a river cruise. European or worldwide, there’s a surprising amount of fresh water out there waiting to be discovered with some great stop-off locations along the way for a slightly different cruising experience.
- Family cruises
Gone are the days of cruises being solely for upper class adults wishing to find a bit of luxury on-board. Many operators offer family-friendly trips, with entertainment and stop-off locations catering to the every need of your children, whatever their age, as well as for the adults.
- Budget cruises and luxury cruises
Just as you expect to find differing levels of hotel options, cruises come in pretty much the same manner. A luxury cruise will provide you with the amenities and standards similar to that of a 5* hotel, but this type of holiday can also be done on a budget. More and more providers are offering all the fun of a traditional cruise on a lower budget so your trip doesn’t need to break the bank!
Jump on board the cruising craze and discover for yourself what the waters of the world can offer you this coming year!
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