If you are looking for an exciting, adventurous holiday that takes in multiple destinations and offers quality food and drink, consider a cruise.
Winter is a great time to take a cruise, with exciting itineraries available to sunny destinations like the Caribbean and The Red Sea. And if you have never cruised before, you needn’t be worried – there are ships to suit everyone.
“Many people think cruises have to very grand and formal,” says Emily from Hays Travel. “There are luxury cruise ships that can be like this, but there are also more casual ships, which are ideal for first time cruisers.”
Indeed, smaller ships such as those from Thomson and Island Cruises are perfect for those who have never cruised before. They offer exciting itineraries with a more relaxed atmosphere. This winter, Hays have hundreds of deals on cruises to the Red Sea and the Canary Islands, the perfect places to get some sunshine AND experience a cruise.
“The Red Sea in Egypt is very popular at the moment,” says Emily, “One great, affordable option is a cruise and stay: Cruise along the Nile or in the Red Sea and take in the fascinating sights, then relax for a week in a luxury Red Sea hotel.”
For those looking to travel further afield, Hays offer cruises throughout the Caribbean and beyond.
“A cruise can be anything you want it to be,” saus Emily, “A day at sea isn’t a boring day, because there is so much to do on board the big ships. You don’t feel claustrophobic, it’s like being in a floating town with art galleries, shopping malls, cinemas – Royal Caribbean even offer rock climbing and a surfing machine on deck.”
Whatever cruise you choose to take, you can choose the cabin that’s right for you, from a lower-priced inside cabin, right up to an impressive stateroom with balcony overlooking the ocean.
Cruises are a brilliant option for those who are short of time but want to explore many different sights and destinations. Hays Travel offer excellent deals on cruises with Celebrity, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Island Cruises, Thomson Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises P & O Cruises, and many more. For something really special, consider a smaller traditional ship cruise on board a magical boat from Star Clippers. And cruises are good value-for-money, with food being included in the price. Hays also offer deals on upgrades to all-inclusive cruises on some ships.
“Cruises are a fantastic holiday option for everyone!” says Emily, “Most ships offer wonderful entertainment for children, but other sailings and itineraries are exclusively for adults – perfect for those who want a child-free holiday. Cruises also make a wonderfully romantic option for a honeymoon. We say try cruising and understand what all the fuss is about!”