How to choose the perfect cruise getaway

Wednesday, 17 October 2014 1:14 PM

When it comes to luxury, cruise holidays are undoubtedly an excellent choice. Should you be considering a cruise for your next getaway, it is worth spending some time selecting which would best suit you - and you can find some useful hints below.

What is the occasion?

Before diving in with your planning, it is important to consider the driving force behind your holiday first. Of course, you may simply be organising your annual break - but if you are travelling as a means of celebrating a special occasion, this adds another dimension to your journey.

Indeed, there are some tour operators that will offer lavish extras to help you celebrate. For example, you could enjoy a birthday like no other with an exclusive birthday breakfast package - a decadent treat involving champagne, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, fresh fruit juice and more.

So, it is important to decide whether you would like to add an extra air of festivity to your trip before you make a final choice regarding your cruise route, ship or departure dates.

Duration

The next key element to consider is how long you plan to be away for, since this has the potential to impact on the type of cruise you go on. Should you have just a few days to spare, a mini cruise is likely to be the best option. These will often focus on UK destinations and last just a few days, but they can also visit countries such as France.

Of course, if you have several weeks to spare, the world will be your oyster, and you can focus on selecting a route that takes in as many destinations that capture your imagination as possible.

Destinations and departure ports

Once you have established how long you will be away for, you can start reviewing your options for destinations and departure ports. The latter may not immediately strike you as a chief concern, but it can be a crucial factor in your holiday. For instance, if you are planning a short cruise, setting sail from a UK port can leave you with more time free to enjoy your holiday, rather than travelling to and from your ship.

In terms of destinations, sun-drenched regions such as the Caribbean and Mediterranean are perennially popular, as are the Canary Islands. However, you can also travel to more unusual places, such as the Arctic, or even cruise around the UK - a fantastic way to discover a little more of your home country.

Onboard facilities

Before making your final decision, it is worthwhile taking a look at the various ships you can travel on. Not all cruise ships are the same, with each offering different facilities. Among the points you should look at are the type of restaurants and cuisine offered, the leisure facilities - such as gyms, fitness classes and swimming pools - and evening entertainment.

Once you have considered all these elements, you should find a cruise that suits your needs and preferences. Other points to give some thought to, however, include the types of cabins on offer - some have balconies, for instance, while others have no windows - as well as the level of board and whether any all inclusive packages are available. As necessities such as drinks and meals will be included in this kind of deal, they are often an excellent choice for a relaxing, stress-free break.

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A Disney cruise is perfect for young families

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What to expect from a luxury round the world cruise

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What to pack for a luxury cruise

What to pack for a luxury cruise

Sailing off on a luxury cruise ship to spend a few days or weeks travelling around some of the most exotic destinations on Earth is an experience that screams glamour. With that in mind, packing for such a trip can seem daunting - but it doesn't have to be.

The Seine is surrounded by architectural masterpieces

A river cruise on the Seine is a great way to see Paris

If you are planning a luxury holiday in Europe, Paris is sure to be on your list of possible destinations. There is lots to enjoy in the chic French capital, but you can make your trip there extra special by choosing to see it from a river cruise.

Relax in the lap of luxury on a cruise

Cruises: the perfect luxury holiday option

Going on holiday can mean a chance to spend time with family, recharge your batteries, or try out exhilarating new activities, but for many people, a vacation is an opportunity to really relax and experience true luxury for a couple of weeks. A cruise is the perfect remedy for holidaymakers who want to get away from it all without having to lift a finger.

See more of Canada on a cruise

See more of Canada on a cruise

Canada is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world - and with good reason. If you want to visit as much of it as possible, you could consider taking a transatlantic cruise, which will see you stopping at fascinating cities along the way.

What are the best cruise destinations from Southampton?

What are the best cruise destinations from Southampton?

You might have always dreamt of going on a cruise from the UK and have a truly luxurious holiday. If this is the case, head to Southampton, as the port offers a wide selection of different destinations you can visit. Read on to find out about just a few.

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