A study published in the International Journal of Tourism has revealed that a cruise holiday has positive effects on your health and wellbeing. So, with that in mind we have come up with some of the best cruises in five different categories, to help you pick your perfect holiday at sea.
Paying less for your cruise doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. In many cases it’s all down to when you go and the type of cabin accommodation you choose. Booking well in advance or at the last minute will save you money. Interior cabins are always cheaper. If you spend a lot of time on deck and taking part in excursions you won’t need a top rated cabin. On the other hand if you’re off somewhere cold where you’ll spend less time outdoors, then a cabin with a view might be worth the extra money.
If you want to cruise the Mediterranean, Costa Cruises have some great getaways starting at 7 nights for under £350. It’s a basic offer with accommodation in an inside cabin. It doesn’t include drinks packages or excursion discounts. But, you can pay extra to upgrade which will give you better accommodation, drinks package and excursion discounts. Service costs and flights aren’t included.
MSC have a reputation for providing affordable Caribbean cruises. Flying from the UK you can pick a 7 day cruise of Cuba and the Caribbean for around £700 per person. You’ll get a cabin with a sea view for this price, but you can pay more to upgrade to a better cabin if you prefer. All ships in the MSC fleet have plenty of entertainment and restaurants on board, as well as bars and cafes.
P&O is a popular UK cruise company. You can depart from the UK so there are no extra costs for flying. If you want to see the Fjords on a budget, P&O have a 7 night cruise leaving from Southampton at just under £750 per person. For this you’ll get an outside cabin with a sea view. However, you can select an inside cabin and save around £130 per person. Activities on board include dance classes, swimming and great entertainment. Food is on a full-board basis.
Travelling alone can be a brilliant way to meet new friends, spend some time looking after yourself and doing the things you really want to do. This can be an opportunity to visit the places you’ve always dreamed of, by taking a singles cruise you will open up the doors to adventure.
Holland America Line offer a brilliant package for passengers travelling solo. From the option to be paired with a roommate to organised parties and cocktail mixers. This is a cruise for singles to meet new people, have a good time and immerse themselves in the full cruise experience. If you’re looking for a sociable experience that sees you travel around the World, this could be the trip for you.
Cunard Line have some brilliant activities tailored towards singles, such as a coffee get together and team trivia, where you can meet new people. This line also features a really lovely bonus, offering a ‘gentleman host’ if you’re looking for a dance partner, it really does include everyone in all activities. Boasting some of the industry’s most elegant rooms, this ship offers some beautiful spaces for singles to enjoy their stay.
A cruise is a time you can reconnect and enjoy the luxury of a relaxing break for just the two of you. Discover new places and meet new people on an adults-only cruise liner.
Tui offer adult-only cruises on ships from their Marella fleet. You can sail into European ports in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic. Or you can enjoy their Ocean Horizon tour which features Spain, Madeira and the Caribbean Islands. On board you can make the most of the amenities which include a casino, spa, pool and a show lounge. Meals are all inclusive and include selected drinks. Flights are also part of the package.
If you want luxury in a smaller ship with a country hotel feel and you can do without non-stop entertainment, then Noble Caledonia is the perfect choice.
You can take a small ship cruise as far afield as Japan, Australia and India or as close to home as Scotland. The company also offer cruises in Europe, the West Indies, the Middle East and America. There is a guest speaker on board to tell you more about each stopover so that you have the opportunity to learn more about each place you’ll visit.
The atmosphere is relaxed and informal. There are no strict dress codes or formal evenings. All cabins have windows or portholes. Meals are on a full-board basis with wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner. Tea and coffee is available round the clock.
It’s nice to have all the family around you when you want to enjoy a cruise holiday. It’s a great way to share the experience with grandparents, mums and dads and children. Cruise ships are great for any generation as there’s plenty to do on board for all ages. The kids can stay busy all day, while grandparents and parents can enjoy their own activities.
Royal Caribbean cruises can take you anywhere in the world. You can sail to Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Alaska and the South Pacific.
Cabins can accommodate pull-down beds or bunk beds for children. Or, you can splash out on inter-connecting state rooms. Meals are all inclusive and there’s a wide choice of restaurants and cafes. There are kid’s clubs for tiny toddlers to teenagers and all the family can enjoy the nightly shows and the pool activities during the day.
The People’s Choice Awards at Travel Weekly awarded Carnival Cruises The Best Family Cruise Line in 2018. Carnival cruises are well known for their value for money cruises. They can take you to the Bahamas, the Caribbean. Bermuda, Canada, New England, the Panama Canal, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and Europe. You can choose an interior cabin, ocean view, balcony or a suite, whatever your budget allows.
Meals are included except in speciality restaurants and the kids will love the 24 hour pizza restaurant and on tap ice cream and frozen yogurt. Grandparents and mums and dads will love the shows. There’s also bingo and a casino.
Norwegian were voted Best Family Experience in 2017 by Travel Weekly. They have youth programmes for children from the age of 3 months up to 17. They also have a daytime and evening babysitting service, while the boat’s in port, for kids between 3 and 12. Choose from a family suite or interconnecting rooms. Meals are included in your cruise fare, except in speciality restaurants. Some ships have a 24 hour dining venue.
Amenities include pools and hot tubs, sports and fitness centre, casino and evening entertainment, so the adults will have plenty to do while the kids are having fun.
Many holidaymakers find it more relaxing and a lot less stressful to embark in the UK after taking the train or travelling by car. No-fly cruises are the perfect solution.
Many holiday makers find it much more stress-free to board their cruise ship in the UK after taking the train or travelling by car. No-fly cruises are the perfect solution to cut out an unwanted trip to the airport.
Fred Olsen is an award winning cruise line which is very popular with British tourists. They sail to faraway places like South America, the Amazon, South Africa and Thailand. They also sail to the Caribbean, Asia, Russia, Greenland, Iceland and the Artic. Or you can travel closer to home with trips to European destinations including France, Spain and Portugal.
You can depart from Liverpool, Dover, Southampton or Newcastle in England and from Rosyth in Scotland. There’s cabin accommodation to suit all budgets. Interior cabins are the cheapest and a suite is the most expensive. Meals are included and you can choose from à la carte or a buffet menu. You can also enjoy complimentary afternoon tea with tea and coffee, sandwiches and cakes.
Activities include yoga, pilates, art and crafts, quizzes and games. You can also learn about photography, take language classes, attend singing or dancing lessons or join the book club. There’s evening entertainment with music, cabaret and comedy.
Cruise and Maritime visit locations around the world including Australia, Canada, Central America, Asia and Mexico. As well as the West Indies, Africa, the Far East, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Panama Canal and Europe.
There are 11 departure points to choose from, up and down the country. They include Bristol, Cardiff, Hull, London, Poole and Portsmouth.
If you want to save money you can choose an interior cabin, or you can upgrade to standard, superior, deluxe, premium or a suite. All meals are included as well as afternoon tea. Speciality dining is extra.
Daytime activities include a guest speaker, arts and crafts, swimming, or a work out in the gym. In the evening there are card games, quizzes and a cabaret.
Celebrity cruises sail from Southampton to destinations that include the Fjords, European cities, Iceland, Scandinavia, Russia and the Canaries and Azores. Their best value accommodation is an interior cabin. But, there’s also a choice of ocean view, balcony, staterooms and suites. Meals are included, but not drinks. you can choose whether to eat at the same time every night or book your time each day.
During time at sea you can learn how to paint, brush up on your photography, tuck up with a book, enjoy a picnic, or play boules or croquet at the exclusive Lawn Club. This is an area on the top deck with real grass which is exclusive to the Celebrity Cruise Line.
If you want a different cruise experience that’s based on learning and nature, then take an adventure cruise. These cruises only sail once or twice a year so you don’t get the choice of dates you would on a normal cruise.
This cruise embarks at Bergen in Norway and you’ll find flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool, Inverness and Aberdeen. It’s a 12 day voyage where you’ll learn about Viking history. If you take the optional excursion, you can visit a Viking longhouse for a traditional Viking feast.
While onboard you can listen to Viking sagas and learn more about them from an expert in medieval history. It’s also an opportunity to see the Northern Lights. In fact, Hurtigruten guarantee you’ll see them if you cruise between October and March. If you don’t, they will give a free 6 or 7 day half board cruise free of charge!
If you prefer warmer adventures this is the cruise for you. It’s a 78 night sailing from Bristol Avonmouth. It’s advertised as a voyage of discovery and that’s exactly what it is. We’ve cheated a bit with this one because it is scheduled for January 2020, but we thought it was close enough to 2019. It’s just too good not to include.
You’ll visit Namibia, South Africa and Kenya and Tanzania. After that you’ll across the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles. You then visit India, Egypt, Jordan. The final leg takes in the Suez Canal, the Holy Land and the Mediterranean.
Onboard there’s a guest speaker and arts and crafts to keep you busy. You can enjoy a cabaret show in the evening. Meals are on a full-board basis with afternoon tea and late night snacks included.
This cruise is available with Regent holidays and Poseidon Expeditions. It’s aboard the MV Sea Spirit and it’s a 14 day tour with a chance to see polar bears, whales, arctic seals, dramatic scenery and arctic flora.
The ship accommodates 114 passengers in suites of varying sizes. All of them have exterior views and 15 of them have balconies. Meals, but not drinks, are included. There is though, tea and coffee available 24 hours a day. Amenities include a library, gym, hot tub and club lounge.
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Before you jet off, don’t forget to make sure that your travel insurance is up to date with your latest medical information and covers your entire trip. Age Co Over 50s Travel Insurance not only covers cancellation, loss, or accidents on your trip, but also covers you for treatment of pre-existing conditions abroad where possible.
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Whether you suffer with mobility issues yourself, or you are planning a holiday with someone whose mobility requirements you need to consider, there are plenty of options to ensure the whole family has a perfect holiday.
It’s tempting to accept the cheapest quote. It’s also common to accept the offer from your travel agent without asking what’s covered. The fact is a lot of people barely give travel insurance much thought. When you book a holiday you are focusing on the positives of getting away.