If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference this year, why not try a cruise? While many cruises cover weekly or fortnightly itineraries ranging from the Mediterranean and European hotspots to the faraway shores of the Caribbean, a selection of shorter cruise itineraries are designed for first-timers or those who just fancy a quick getaway.
And when it comes to choosing cruises, 2012 is lining up to be a cracker. Whatever you fancy, this year’s range of itineraries offers something for everyone. Take a 2-night break to Amsterdam, explore the incredible Norwegian Fjords or go all out for a transatlantic cruise and take in the bright lights of New York. Or if you prefer sands to cities, there are any one of dozens of different itineraries to suit. Many cruises take place around the Mediterranean, giving you time to savour the azure seas and hidden bays of the Balearic Islands, Portugal, Southern France and more.
But the destinations are only part of the story. For instance when you cruise Thomas Cook you’ll get a package style of holiday with all the essentials included – flights, accommodation, support – and more, including meals and snacks onboard and special treats such as themed dinners and afternoon teas. You’ll also find plenty of facilities onboard too, but these usually go far beyond the expectations of staying in a hotel. Depending on the ship you’ll find anything from heated pools and fitness centres to rock climbing walls and cinemas.
Cruise ships are famous for their onboard entertainment too, which often features a range of Broadway-style shows and musicals with glittering costumes, high kicks and powerful voices.
So whatever you like from your holiday and however you like to spend it, there is something to suit everyone onboard a cruise.