28 March 2017
With exquisite décor, impeccable service, gourmet cuisine and luxurious touches (helicopters and fridges filled with your favourite tipple!), cruising holidays offer an extraordinary way to see the world.
If you’re new to cruising or are looking to try a new ship or route, here are a few ideas to inspire your next holiday…
A voyage by tall ship
Modern cruise ships offer an incredible array of facilities and destinations but there’s something incredibly romantic about a ship on the sea with those giant sails billowing, isn’t there? And you’ll still be treated to more than a little luxury, too!
As well as those huge sails and gleaming wood, expect dining rooms, swimming pools, libraries and even a lounge with glass portholes that are under the water so you can peep out into the deep blue sea!
Wondering what a voyage on a tall ship is really like? Travel Counsellor Sue set sail on Royal Clipper and said it was fabulous, with a laidback atmosphere for the "discerning holiday maker who just wants to sit back, relax and go with the flow". Sue also had this to say about the tall ship she sailed on: "Grand but compact in size, The Royal Clipper gracefully manoeuvred us into ports that other larger cruise ships cannot access. Our cruise took us from the beautiful city of Venice to majestic Rome calling in at the wonderful little harbours of Rovinj and Hvar, gliding us onwards to the marvels of Dubrovnik, Kotor, Corfu, Naxos, Taormina, Capri and Ponza. All in all, I would definitely take another Star Clipper cruise and would highly recommend the experience...I think the Caribbean or French Polynesia beckons next!"
An adventure cruise around Kimberley, Western Australia
Travel Counsellor Julie recommends cruising around Kimberly, in Western Australia - it’s an area of spectacular beauty, with a varied landscape of miles of coastline, rugged cliffs, and deep green vegetation.
And Julie also recommends sailing on one of the smaller vessels because you can explore more of this beautiful area. You don’t have to forego luxury on these smaller ships though! Expect gourmet cuisine, elegant cabins, and an on-board helicopter to whisk you away to explore!
All-inclusive luxury: Excursions, speciality dining, and more!
If you’re hoping for a luxury cruise that includes fine wines, haute cuisine, an elegant suite, and even shore excursions, step on-board a Regent Seven Seas Cruises® ship.
These incredibly luxurious ships offer a sumptuous cruise experience, and (almost) everything is included in your journey, from fine dining in the speciality restaurants to evening entertainment to shore excursions. There’s a delightful series of lectures and on-board events, and the captivating itineraries can take you all over the world.
Set sail around the world
Always wanted to explore the world? Instead of zooming from spot to spot, slow down and set sail from port to port!
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 leaves Southampton, England, and visits 22 fascinating countries over 120 nights, with ports of call including Australia, New Zealand, China, South Africa and Vietnam.
Queen Elizabeth, another of Cunard’s exquisite ships, leaves Southampton for a 122-night, 25-country voyage, and the exciting itinerary includes Mexico, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Australia. Of the Queen Elizabeth, Travel Counsellor Anjie says, "As you would expect from Cunard, this ship takes you back to traditional cruising, lots of art deco touches and romance mixed in with Hollywood glamour. It's the epitome of grandeur and elegance."
As well as the incredible scenery you’ll witness, expect glamorous evening balls, a brilliant enrichment programme with a host of renowned speakers, and even afternoon tea accompanied by the dulcet tones of an orchestra!
Tempted to set sail for your next holiday? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to discover even more luxury voyages!