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Our Top 5 Favourite Things About Cruising

We at Travel Routes love cruise holidays, and many of our Travel Specialists even enjoy cruising for their own holidays as well. But if you haven’t ever been on a cruise holiday before, how will you know if it is something that you will enjoy? We have gathered together a list of our top 5 favourite things we love about cruising, to help you decide if it’s the right thing for you. 

1. The Destinations

Without a doubt, one of the best things about cruising is the different destinations you'll be cruising to. We think there are few easier ways to see the world, all while only having to pack and unpack once! Each port on your cruise itinerary is sure to offer you something different and exciting. You will find an enormous selection of cruise itineraries to choose from, so you’ll easily be able to match a cruise to the places that are high on your travel bucket list. In fact, there are so many wonderful cruises to choose from that if you find the choice a little overwhelming, why not give your list of destinations to us and we’ll go and find the perfect cruise for you!

2. Exploring 

One of the main misconceptions about cruising is that there isn’t enough time to explore the places you are visiting. While it's true that most ships are only in port for the day, there is normally a fantastic selection of shore excursions you can choose from that will ensure that you really get to see the destination you are travelling to. Every cruise line heavily invests in their excursions programme, to ensure there is always something to suit everyone – whether it’s a fascinating city tour, a delicious culinary experience with a local chef, an adventurous activity hiking up to an amazing viewpoint, or a privately curated experience just for you. Furthermore, there are certain cruise lines that feature longer stays in port and departure times into the evening, which means you can even soak up the evenings in these different destinations, as well as the days! Speak to us for more details.

3. A Perfect Cruise Line for You

There is a huge choice of different cruise lines and itineraries, and we know the choice can be a little daunting. But that’s also one of the best things about cruising, as it means that whatever you are after, there is sure to be an ideal cruise line for you. Whether you want all-out luxury, a relaxed atmosphere with no fuss, lots of chances to get dressed-up, a small ship with lots of space, or a large ship with lots going on – it's all possible! If you aren’t sure which cruise line is for you then the best thing to do is to speak to one of our Travel Specialists. We’ll listen to everything you want and recommend the cruise that will be perfect for you.

4. The Food

If you’ve ever found yourself in a touristy restaurant overpaying for average food, then fear not – as this will never happen on a cruise holiday! All cruise lines take their cuisine very seriously and each one fiercely competes to make sure their food is the best around. It means that whatever ship you choose, you can be sure of a great selection of restaurants and delicious cuisine to enjoy again and again. There will always be something to suit your mood, from a casual club sandwich next to the pool, a delicious meal in the main dining restaurant, or perhaps something truly remarkable to match a special occasion. And if that wasn’t enough, almost every cruise is full board as a minimum – which means that most, if not all, of the amazing food you’ll enjoy will be included in the cruise fare! 

5. Incredible Value

There is often a misconception that cruise holidays are expensive, or that they appear to be cheap but then you’ll be landed with a big bill at the end, but cruise holidays are without a doubt one of the best-value ways to travel the world, and again, there will be one to suit your budget. If you want to relax on your cruise holiday knowing that the bills are already taken care of, then you may want to consider a luxury or all-inclusive cruise. Here you will find everything included from the food to the drinks, gratuities and perhaps even some of the shore excursions too! 

We are forever receiving fantastic deals on cruises, and we are experts in taking advantage of lower prices, free upgrades, complimentary drinks packages and included on-board spend as well. The best thing to do is submit an enquiry to us, or give one of our Travel Specialists a call, and we can show you just how good value a cruise holiday can be!

Please note some of the information contained within our cruise guide may differ once cruising resumes in the wake of Covid-19.


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Our Top Selling Cruises

Below is just a tiny selection of our best-selling cruise holidays. Get in touch to discuss your exact requirements and we'll help you find your perfect cruise holiday; 

12-Day Canary Islands with Princess
12-Day Canary Islands with Princess

This 12-day cruise with Princess Cruises departs from Southampton and heads for the warm sunshine of Spain and the Canary Islands. Enjoy 6 ports of call including Lisbon, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Madeira. During your days at sea you'll be able to enjoy the wealth of facilities on-board your Princess Cruise Ship including first-class entertainment and exquisite dining options. The best part of this cruise is that you don't need to fly, so your holiday begins the minute you step on-board!

September departures

Southampton  >  Lisbon  >  Gran Canaria  >  Tenerife  >  Lanzarote  >  Madeira  >  Vigo  >  Southampton

Cruise Holiday Includes

  • 11 nights accommodation on the ship
  • Full board whilst on-board the ship
  • Port fees and taxes

From £799 per person

Price based on two people sharing a Interior Stateroom in September 2021. Other dates and cabin upgrades available. Simply enquire below.

Transatlantic & New York Stay with Cunard
Transatlantic & New York Stay with Cunard

Enjoy this Westbound transatlantic crossing aboard the iconic Queen Mary 2. She is a remarkable flagship, her style and elegance are legendary. With 7-nights at sea the choice is yours. There is as much or as little to do as you please, with more possibilities than you'll have time to discover. After your cruise enjoy 3-nights in New York with 2 full days to explore the 'Big Apple!'

Year-round departures

Southampton  >  Transatlantic Crossing  >  New York

Cruise Holiday Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation on the ship
  • 3 nights accommodation in Manhattan, New York
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included on-board ship
  • A welcome bottle of sparkling wine
  • Port fees and taxes

From £1,249 per person

Price based on two people sharing an Britannia Inside Cabin on November 2021 departure. Simply enquire below.

Alaska Hubbard Glacier with Celebrity
Alaska Hubbard Glacier with Celebrity

Enjoy a 8-day cruise onboard Celebrity Eclipse as you set sail to discover the spectacular scenery and amazing attractions of Alaska. From the dramatic glaciers, majestic mountains and the amazing wildlife including whales, there is sure to be something to amaze you on this fantastic cruise. The price also include 2-nights in Vancouver at a downtown hotel. (CXC)

May to September departures

Vancouver  >  Inside Passage (Cruising)  >  Sitka  >  Hubbard Glacier (Cruising)  >  Juneau  >  Ketchikan  >  Inside Passage (Cruising) >  Vancouver

Cruise Holiday Includes

  • International flights from the UK in Economy
  • 7 nights accommodation on the ship
  • 2 nights accommodation in Vancouver
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included while on-board
  • Classic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Transfers and taxes

From £1,599 per person

Price based on two people sharing an Inside Cabin between May and September. Simply enquire below.

Gems of the Danube River Cruise with Scenic
Gems of the Danube River Cruise with Scenic

Enjoy a classic 8-day river cruise along the Danube to discover the historical wonders of Europe from Budapest to Nuremberg. All while enjoying the elegant atmosphere and exquisite service on-board a 5-star vessel with Scenic River Cruises. (SCN)

April to October departures

Munich  >  Nuremberg  >  Regensberg  >  Passau - Linz  >  Melk - Dürnstein  >  Vienna  >  Budapest

Cruise Holiday Includes:

  • International flights from the UK in Economy
  • 7 Nights accommodation on the ship
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners and premium beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All gratuities
  • Transfers and taxes

From £2,399 per person

Price based on two people sharing a Standard Suite between April - October. Itinerary also operates in reverse. Simply enquire below.

Southern Caribbean with Holland America
Southern Caribbean with Holland America

What better way to see the Caribbean than on this amazing 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise with Holland America. The cruise takes in 9 diverse islands of the Caribbean on a round-trip voyage from Fort Lauderdale onboard the elegant and spacious Volendam. (HAL)

March to April departures

Fort Lauderdale  >  St. Thomas  >  St. Kitts & Nevis  >  St. Lucia  >  Barbados  >  Grenada  >  Guadeloupe  >  St. Maarten  >  Puerto Rico  >  The Bahamas  >  Fort Lauderdale

Cruise Holiday Includes:

  • International flights from the UK in Economy
  • 13 nights accommodation on the ship
  • 1 nights accommodation in Fort Lauderdale
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner included while on-board
  • Signature beverage package
  • Gratuities
  • Port fees and taxes

From £2,599 per person

Price based on two people sharing an Inside Cabin between March and April 2022. Simply enquire below.

Luxury Mekong River Cruise with Scenic
Luxury Mekong River Cruise with Scenic

Meander along the Mekong and float by the lively floating markets of Cai Be, learn about Vietnam’s French-infused past, soak up the melting pot of cultures that is Phnom Penh and discover the bright communities embracing rural river life along the Tonle River.

July to May Departures

Ho Chi Minh  >  Mekong Cruise  >  Cai Be  >  Sa Dec  >  Tan  Chau  >  Phnom Penh  >  Oudong  >  Koh Dach  >  Angkor Ban  >  Wat Hanchey  >  Kampong Cham  >  Siem Reap

Cruise Holiday Includes;

  • International flights from the UK in Economy
  • 7 nights on board a Scenic Ship
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners and premium beverages
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • All gratuities
  • Transfers and taxes

From £3,195 per person

Price based on two people sharing a Standard Suite between July - May. Itinerary also operates in reverse. Simply enquire below.


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