With so many cruise holidays to choose from, it can be difficult to tell them apart. But there is actually a huge variety in the type of experiences available, depending on which cruise line you choose. This is why it is important to do a little research - which can’t help but build your appetite for a break - so that you can work out which operator offers the right cruise getaway for you.
Perhaps you prefer an ‘Old World’ cruise experience, following the great British seafaring tradition. Or you might be looking for a more family-friendly cruise experience, opting for one of the cruise lines that offer the most activities to suit your family. Culture buffs should be on the lookout for cruise lines that include onboard lectures relating to their destinations in order to get the most out of their holiday.
Below we’ve created a useful summary of what you might expect from the different cruise line operators.
With itineraries that zigzag the Med, taking in such iconic destinations as the ancient cities of Athens and Rome, and the medieval gems of Granada and Dubrovnik, Mediterranean cruises will reveal landscapes that you’ll remember forever.
If you want to learn a little more about the rich cultural and historical background of the places you visit, then Swan Hellenic is the cruise line for you. With over 50 years’ experience, Swan Hellenic prides itself on having the perfected the art of small ship discovery cruising, providing on board expertise and stimulating programme of Guest Speaker talks that are certain to delight curious minds.
If budget is more of a priority for your family, then you can’t go wrong with Island Cruises. Their totally all-inclusive option means that you can tour the Med safe in the knowledge that you won’t be racking up any nasty hidden costs.
Caribbean cruises are the perfect romantic getaway, which is why it makes sense to choose a cruise line which offers adult-only options, so there’s nothing to spoil your special moments. Royal Caribbean recognised the need for these private getaways long ago, beginning with the introduction of adults-only solariums on its Vision Class ships.
More traditional cruise lines such as Cunard and Fred Olsen also offer fewer facilities for children and are another good bet -no less because they have also mastered the art of truly luxurious travel.
On the other hand, if you’re on the hunt for a family-friendly cruise option, there are also a wide variety of cruise lines that specialise in keeping the kids occupied from dawn until dusk, whilst providing lots of opportunity for Mums and Dads to either join in or kick back and relax whilst onboard.
If your nippers are Sponge Bob fans, then Norwegian Cruise Lines Nickelodeon-themed cruises could be right up your street. Alternatively, if adrenaline-thrills are more your family’s thing, then look no further than cruising stalwart P&O’s fantastic Family cruises. With ships fitted with al fresco cinema screens, water parks, climbing walls and ice skating rinks, there’ll never be a dull moment during your voyage. Celebrity Cruises certainly offer the kids dedicated treatment, with Fun Factory passes, and kids-only discos and parties.
One factor that puts many people off cruise holidays is the perception that they are expensive, but this is not always true. Whilst it is always possible to break the bank on a long world cruise, with so many lines in the market, it is certainly the case that savvy shoppers can pick up some great Cruise deals that let you to knock £££s off the cost of your getaway.
Check out the deals pages on cruise operators’ websites in order to see what are the best offers – try booking early and being flexible with your dates and itineraries and you might just pick up a bargain!
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Azamara Club Cruise
Sail to the hidden corners of the world with Azamara. Enjoy butler service, delectable
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Relaxed, friendly and informal, on an Island cruise you will enjoy excellent facilities and
great sights, but it is the sense of freedom and relaxation that will really stand out.
Fred. Olsen Cruises
MSC's famous Mediterranean hospitality is everywhere onboard. You will experience the
unique, 'truly Italian' ambience that showcases the best of Italian cooking and culture.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Cruise & Maritime Voyages began in realising that many seasoned and first time British cruisers alike from our seafaring nation, indeed, still prefer the more traditional cruising experience.Cruise & Maritime Voyages
The difference is crystal clear with Crystal Cruises, offering the 'World's Best'. Discover
exotic destinations and chart new territories in the realms of enrichment.
Holland America Line
From magnificent fjords of Norway to awesome ice-filled bays of Antarctica, Hurtigruten is
renowned for its wide collection of voyages to remote, beautiful and dramatic coastlines.
Hebridean have set the benchmark for luxury cruising since 1989. Featuring privately
escorted tours, their 2 small 5-star cruise ships offer top standards of luxury cruise
Hebridean International Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Enjoy classic elegance with Saga and cruisethomascook.com. Aimed at today's over 50's, both
the Saga Rose and Saga Ruby bring an elegant and contemporary feel to modern day
Aboard Silversea ships you will discover a lifestyle of genuine and refined hospitality.
Their Italian heritage and European style is reflected in their love of the finer things in
Spirit of Adventure
Spirit of Adventure offers a unique cruising experience, exploring exciting destinations
often beyond the tourist trail. Each cruise is designed to gain a real insight into the places
Spirit of Adventure Cruises
Star Clippers offer the most relaxing cruise holidays, sailing to the finest destinations in
the Caribbean and Mediterranean, all onboard authentic tall ships.
Star Clippers Cruises
Swan Hellenic have been discovery cruising for over 50 years. Their ship, MV Minerva, is
elegant yet relaxed and is designed to create the feel of a country house hotel.
Swan Hellenic Cruises
Voyages of Discovery
With Voyages of Discovery everything onboard has been planned with comfort and relaxation in
mind: from the 4 lounges to the well-stocked library to the 2 pools, one with a sliding glass
Voyages of Discovery Cruises
Windstar passengers see the world from a romantic sailing ship with luxurious accommodation,
a casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine.
Intimate and luxurious, the Seabourn fleet offers highly personalised service provided by
true professionals, selected from training academies and leading hotels and resorts.
Viking River Cruises
River cruising is a unique experience. Sit back in comfort admiring awe-inspiring
countryside, remote hilltop castles, vine-clad hillsides and villages dotted along the river as
they pass by.
Viking River Cruises
APT River Cruises
Personalised experience is the name of the game on an APT river cruise. With the dedicated,
attentive staff attending to your every need, you can be free to enjoy the sights and scenery
APT River Cruises
Disney Cruise Line
Perfect for Everyone - The Difference is Disney. When you set sail with Disney, you can be
sure to experience an unforgettable holiday that boasts something special.
Disney Cruise Line
Oceania Cruises has secured its status as the world’s largest Upper Premium cruise line. Everything on board has an emphasis on luxury – from their exclusive ‘Prestige Tranquillity beds’ to their exquisite cuisine that not only is renowned as the finest at sea but also rivals the best restaurants ashore. Lavish complimentary amenities abound, and there are never supplemental charges in the open-seating speciality dining venues. The luxurious surroundings are complimented by the country-club casual ambiance onboard.
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Discover a world of effortless holiday experiences with P&O Cruises. There's no holiday quite like it. Truly relaxing, yet wonderfully adventurous, you can set sail for a string of intriguing and exciting destinations and enjoy exceptional standards on a choice of over 7 different cruise ships.
For sheer comfort and style book a Cunard Line Voyage and choose between three fabulous cruise ships: the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth or the Queen Victoria, all of which offer the ultimate travel experience.
If it’s a bit of luxury you desire, however, then why not book a Princess cruise . Whilst onboard a Princess Cruise Liner, in relaxed and cosmopolitan surroundings you will be lavished with luxury and can relax or turn up the pace as much or as little as you like depending on your mood.
Whatever your cruise choice may be, Thomas Cook offers a wide variety of exclusive cruise liners and cruise ships, perfect for short trips to long holidays, from cheap cruise deals to luxury cruises. There is something for everyone with Cruise Thomas Cook; we really do offer some of the best cruises around!