Cruises departing in 2015
Some things in life are worth waiting for and a cruise is definitely on that list. Who wouldn’t fancy being transported around the world, from one breathtaking destination to another, all the while enjoying 5* luxury accommodation, food and entertainment? Cruises offer all of this and more.
Whether it is the paradise islands and white sands of the tropical Caribbean that call to you, or the ancient cities, palazzos and frescoes of Europe that set your heart alight, a voyage at sea is a completely unique holiday experience.
Booking early not only gives you a long time to look forward to and prepare for your getaway, but there are also some great cruise deals available for those who choose to book in advance. Early birds can reap rewards and put any savings towards the all-important cruise wardrobe!
With so many cruise lines to choose from, it can be difficult to know what’s right for you. If it is a classic, Old World luxury cruise you have a taste for, then you really can’t do better than a Princess Cruise holiday. Families looking for fun times in a relaxed atmosphere should book with Norwegian Cruise Line, whose action-packed getaways offer a modern alternative to the traditional cruise format.
Alternatively, if it is a romantic break for two you have in mind, P&O Cruises offer several adult-only cruise options, for a more sophisticated voyage experience.
Once you’ve chosen your cruise operator, the next step is to select the right ship. With considerable variation between vessels, even within the same cruise line fleet, it is important to do your research.
Do you see yourself on the likes of Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, which features a Flow Rider surf simulator, water park, ice rink, outdoor cinema, golf course and a bustling casino (to list just a few facilities), and houses up to 3,600 passengers? Or would you prefer a slower pace of life on a smaller vessel such as the MSC Divina? Housing MSC’s signature Yacht Club (an exclusive ‘ship within a ship’ complex with its own swimming pool, spa and bar and restaurant areas for its guests), this ship was inspired by Sophia Loren herself and offers all of the European glamour and sophistication you would expect of the Italian starlet.
Itineraries and Destinations
With cruise ships now visiting over 90 countries, the world is literally your oyster, so you will want to give your ideal itinerary a lot of thought.
A fly and cruise option is a great way of saving time - you can fly direct to New York or Miami to begin your Caribbean adventure, where your itinerary will see you visit such exotic destinations as the British and American Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and two-nation, one-island St Maarten/St Martin. Whilst each island will feature the white sands and turquoise waters you would expect from a Caribbean paradise, you will soon notice that each has its own distinct culture and traditions, which make for a varied and exciting escape.
If you are a first-time cruiser or you simply lead a busy and hectic lifestyle and find it hard to get away, then the mini cruise is ideal for you. Lasting anywhere between one and three days, these are the perfect taster experience. Should you wish to sail direct from Southampton, you might find yourself tucking into the legendary beer, frites and chocolate of the picturesque medieval city of Bruges, or even sailing through the spectacular scenery of the Norwegian fjords.
Whether you fancy a short sail around Europe, or a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the Far East or Australia, cruises provide the perfect way of combining the height of luxury with a whole new way of looking at the world.
On board Boudicca
Liverpool, Lisbon (Portugal), Lisbon (Portugal), Arrecife, Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Leixos, Liverpool
Departing 05 January 2015
From only £899pp
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Western Caribbean Fly-Cruise
On board Vision of the Seas
Tampa, Roatan Island, Honduras, Belize City, Cozumel, Mexico, Costa Maya, Tampa,
Departing 24 January 2015
From only £1050pp
On board Queen Mary 2
Southampton, New York, Southampton
Departing 03 January 2015
From only £949pp
Cruise Thomas Cook
With some of the best deals on everything from cheap cruises to Luxury Cruises, we pride ourselves on a range that caters to everyone. Whether a first time cruiser looking for a Mini Cruise, a family wanting to browse our Family Cruises or you’re keen to find out more about Cruise and Stay and Fly and Cruise - we’ve got the holiday for you.
Cheap Cruise Holidays
With great offers on a range of cruises, booking with Cruise Thomas Cook is a must. If you’re keen to set sail check out our 2014 Cruises and Last Minute Cruises – or if you’re planning ahead browse our 2015 Cruises. For those setting sail from the UK there’s a number of cruises from Southampton to choose from.