When you’re planning a cruise holiday, there are so many things to take into consideration. Perhaps the most important is destination, and which soul-stirring places you’d like to tick off your must-see list. Do you want to explore the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Nordic Fjords or the Iberian Sea? Beyond that, which cities have you been hankering after – perhaps the sizzling Mediterranean sights of Barcelona and Palma, or the far-flung must-sees of Sydney and Hong Kong Harbour?
On a cruise holiday you’ll also need to consider how long you want to be away for. Opt for a mini or a taster cruise if you just fancy a quick jaunt and a fun-filled few days away. Most mini cruises are just two or three nights long – perfect for first-timers – while others are slightly longer, perhaps four or five nights. It’s ideal if you’re trying to squeeze in a short, action-packed break without breaking the bank!
Another consideration is where you want to sail from, and to. Many cruises now depart and return to the UK, to ports such as Southampton, Harwich and Hull. These itineraries are ideal for non-flyers and can brings the cost down too, given that there are no flights required. To give you an idea of which itineraries set sail from the UK, take a look at Cruise Thomas Cook’s Southampton departures here: www.thomascook.com/cruise/cruises-from-southampton/
Of course if you’re happy to fly, then it can open up many more possibilities. With a fly cruise, you can access many more far-off places in a much shorter amount of time, which means you can pack in more experiences. The same goes for local itineraries, and it can significantly cut down on the amount of time you spend at sea.
One thing’s for sure, a cruise holiday offers a world of choice. Which one gets your vote?
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