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If you are more adventurous and a seasoned sailor then perhaps consider cruising to some of the world’s more remote destinations like the Arctic Circle; or joining a smaller ship to take a more in-depth exploration of Alaska. Alternatively, join an exploration cruise to visit Antarctica; see the extraordinary wildlife of the Galapagos Islands or help sail a working ship around the Caribbean.
A cruise is perfect for families of all ages, with several pocket-pleasing options available. Many cruise lines have decked out their fleet with cool kids clubs, activities for the whole family, interconnecting cabins and some even offer an all inclusive soft drink package. Facilities for children range from 6 months (minimum age a ship will accept) to teens and it’s likely the hardest decision they will have to make is what to do and when. The most popular destination for a family cruise is the Mediterranean but if you want to introduce the world to them, the world is available. Cruises from the UK With so many cruise lines sailing out of different UK ports, cruising from and to the UK is perfect for those preferring not to fly. Many cruise lines also offer far more generous baggage allowances, or even no restrictions at all! While Southampton remains the UK’s premier cruise terminal there are a multitude of ports nationwide including Dover, Harwich and Tilbury, Liverpool, Hull, Greenock, Newcastle and Rosyth.
Of course every cruise is a luxury, but so called “6 star” cruise lines take the luxury concept further. Generally on smaller vessels the service tends to be more refined and the atmosphere more intimate. You may also have your own personal butler, the option of in-stateroom dining or even excursions included in the fare. Themed cruises Do you have a special interest? Bridge, gardening, food & wine, dance or music……. just a few of the interests covered on themed cruises. Whether it’s an existing interest or you have a passion to learn something new then to do it while relaxing at sea is an added bonus. Our Cruise Collection highlights just some of these cruising styles over the next few pages. Our cruise advisors will be delighted to discuss these, and all other options with you in further detail.
Another increasingly popular option is a river cruise, perfect for those who enjoy the comfort and variety of cruising, but want to see more of the heartland. Sailing through stunning scenery and visiting beautiful cities, a river cruise is totally different to an ocean going voyage. A river cruise will usually take you straight to the heart of the city, town or village so exploration begins the moment you disembark. Many of the sights are within walking distance, ensuring more time to absorb the history or soak up the atmosphere. You’ll often enjoy guided walks, or in-depth tours and excursions in each destination. River cruise vessels offer intensive itineraries so the vista is constantly changing, some cruises may take in two or three places in one day. European river cruises are particularly popular, taking in the cultural and historic sights of the Danube and Rhine; or follow the footsteps of the Cossacks in Ukraine and Russia. Further afield, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and the Yangtze River in China may appeal. Premier Travel in conjunction with Riviera Travel offer a variety of cruises along the world’s great rivers. Please ask for a copy of our brochure.