Cruising is fast becoming one of the most popular holiday options offering great value for money, spectacular views, all included meals and comfortable accommodation.
Every year, more than 12 million people around the world choose cruise holidays as a way to spend their time off, and it's no wonder - these days the choices for cruising include smart, modern ships of every size with a variety of exciting itineraries.
On a cruise holiday, passengers have their choice of everything from departure ports, stateroom style, ship size and comfort to dining options, onboard activities, children's programs and entertainment.
The captain's top reasons to choose a cruise holiday
Value: Nothing beats cruising for incredible holiday savings. You'll visit multiple destinations and so much is included, from dining and entertainment, to sport, fitness facilities and a range of accommodation options. With so much to save, you may be tempted to make every holiday a cruise.
Convenience: There are numerous worldwide ports to set sail from and no matter how many places you visit, you'll only have to unpack once! Plus while you're onboard, wallets and purses aren't required, as most things are included in the price.
Variety: There are thousands of itineraries and hundreds of ports available for cruises across all seven seas, so you can choose exactly the holiday you desire. There are also endless activities for every taste, onboard and onshore.
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Choice: Dine in shorts and jandals, or dress to the nines in glamorous attire - today cruises can be as casual or as luxurious as you like. Choose an action-packed adventure or a relaxing poolside retreat - it's your cruise, it's your choice!
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Experiences: Waking up in a brand new port of call is part of the unique thrill of cruising and with every new port, you'll find unique opportunities onshore. Jungle safaris, historic city tours and dolphin encounters are just a few of the exciting shore excursions you can have. Perhaps you'd prefer a day of shopping and solo exploring, or simply a few hours to sample the local cuisine.
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Meeting new people: Cruising offers unique opportunities to meet other travellers and share new experiences. With plenty of fun group activities and expeditions, get ready to create unforgettable memories and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Don't forget to pack a camera so you can capture the moments forever.
Become an expert - or meet one: Many cruise lines offer special onboard enrichment programs that immerse you in the things you love most, or those you're simply interested in knowing more about - poetry, fine wine, regional cooking, antiques, wildlife, coffee artistry and music are just a few of the many choices.
Adventure: You define what adventure means to you! Glacier climbing in Alaska, surfing in Hawaii, exploring unique wildlife in the Galapagos, shopping till you drop in Thailand, or finding the very best South Pacific beach - you name it, you'll find it.
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Togetherness: There's no better way to travel for large groups of friends and family than a cruise. You can dine at the same restaurants onboard, enjoy a Broadway-style show together, play a game of sport and much more. And best of all, there really is something fun for everyone, be it adults, kids or couples.