If you’re new to cruising, you might think that one cruise is no different to the next. But in fact there is a myriad of different cruise types depending on where you want to go and the size of your budget. Here are the most popular ones:
A mini cruise is, as the name suggests, a condensed version of a regular cruise that takes place over just a couple of nights. On a mini cruise you’ll get to experience cruising without committing to a full week or two at sea, which makes it ideal for first-timers and anyone who feels a bit nervous about cruising. It’s also ideal for anyone looking for a weekend away, as most mini cruises visit at least one destination such as Amsterdam or Bruges.
Cruises from the UK
If you don’t like flying, there are a number of cruises that depart from UK ports such as Southampton. Many of these cruises visit fabulous locations around Europe and the Mediterranean, and some even set off to scintillating destinations further afield like the Caribbean. Sometimes, cruises that set sail from the UK require a return flight or vice versa, so it’s worth checking the details before you book. But there are also plenty of non-flight cruises from the UK, which means you can start your holiday right here!
When you opt for a flight as part of your cruise, it opens up your holiday to a much broader spectrum of destinations. For instance, if your first port of call is Palma in Majorca, you could cut out the initial day at sea and fly straight to Palma, ready to start your holiday from there. It also opens up the possibility of visiting far-flung locations like Alaska, and makes a cruise to the Caribbean a more direct experience – giving you more time in paradise rather than travelling at sea.
Whatever style of cruise holiday takes your fancy, one of the best ways to weigh up all the options and to find your favourite is to use a travel agent like Cruise Thomas Cook. You’ll be able to search across all the major tour operators and filter the cruise search results by various factors like price and date, until you find a favourite. When you cruise with Thomas Cook you’ll also have access to an invaluable support network and a reputable company that’s been organising wonderful holidays for decades.