The spiralling towers of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia on Tuesday, the silvery shores of the French Riviera on Wednesday, and mouth-watering seafood in a little seaside taverna perched on a Ligurian clifftop on Thursday… and no driving, map reading or close confinement with grumpy passengers in between – just enjoying the resort-style pool, the spa, the fine dining and, maybe, even saying hello to Mickey Mouse!
Once seen as the height of luxury, and catering to a dedicated older fanbase, cruises have sailed imperiously into the heart of the travel market to become a mainstay of family, solo, and special interest holidays. If you’ve never considered a cruise holiday before, here are a few reasons why you should.
It’s like having several holidays in one!
How else could you be bathe in the blue coves of Malta and Gozo, explore the ancient ruins of the Parthenon, and be pummelled in a Turkish bathhouse all in one holiday? Or walk down Miami’s South Beach, sip Jamaican Rum in the distillery where it’s made, and laze on the pink sands of the Bahamas on the same trip?
You have your pick of the world
From the snowy paradise of Antarctica, to the steamy backwaters of Kerala; from the turquoise waters of Caribbean to the clear icy waters of Alaska; from urgent monkey chatter punctuating sleepy rainforest on an Amazonian river cruise to the familiar refinement of the Med’s best restaurants – the whole world is open to you on a cruise.
Cruises are great for families
From the special character meet and greets of a Disney cruise, to the simple opportunity to relax on board knowing the whole family is catered for, a cruise can be a great choice for families. Combining the theme parks of Florida with cigar factories of Cuba and the beaches of the Caribbean on one unforgettable holiday is a great way of giving everyone what they want!
Cruises are great for solo holidays
A cruise is the perfect holiday for anyone who is travelling alone, but would like to have company available to them when they want it. Most cruise lines offer great deals for single passengers, with special events to help you meet up with other solo travellers onboard. Make the most of sightseeing excursions to get around safely, with a support network on hand if you need it
Cruises are great for exploring
Cruises offer adventure without the risk. In unfamiliar surroundings, it’s great to have access to the ship’s tour guides and make the most of the guided excursions. In some resorts, especially some parts of the Caribbean, north Africa, and the Middle East, you’d be relying on booking these separately anyway; with a cruise it’s all laid on.
Cruises are great for pandering to your hobbies
There are now many specialist smaller boats that offer unique itineraries so you can holiday with likeminded travellers and benefit from a packed activity schedule – from painting South America to learning about the marine life of the Outer Hebrides, there’s sure to be a schedule that piques your interest!
You can take it at your own speed
You decide how much you want to participate. You can skip some excursions to make the most of having the pool to yourself. You can dress for dinner in the fine-dining restaurant, or keep it casual in the family bistro. Treat yourself to a spa treatment on board, or save your money for an ice-cream in the next port – it’s all up to you.
We work with the best companies
Inverness Travel works with major lines including MSC, Royal Caribbean, P&O, Cunard, Celebrity, Norwegian and Carnival. We can also track down small independents and specialist operators to help you build a perfect cruise holiday package.
Ready to set sail? Call our team now and we’ll help you find the perfect boat, cabin, itinerary and deal for you.
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