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Don’t fly, won’t fly? No problem! Flying is a stressful business, especially for families with children and those with limited mobility. Cruises which depart from and return to a UK port offer the ultimate in convenience. Without airline restrictions, passengers can take as many bags as they like and there is no need to be concerned about how much your cases weigh, or what is in your hand luggage. Just pitch up at the port, park and you’re on holiday!
Welcome to cruising from the UK – the most stress-free overseas holiday there is. With no airfares to factor in, it’s good value too.
Most cruises leave from Southampton but some sail from other ports including Dover, Tilbury, Liverpool, Harwich, Rosyth and Greenock. You can normally park close to the ship but if you don’t want to drive there are excellent coach services available – just ask. Hand your cases to the driver and next time you see them they will be outside your cabin. Your holiday starts when you close your front door, so just chill out.
The destinations you visit are limited only by the number of days you have available. Choose from a two or three night mini-cruise, perhaps to France or Belgium, or go to the other extreme with a 109 night round-the-world trip. In between there are cruises to the Canaries, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Africa, South America, St Petersburg - the only way to get into Russia without a visa, and most popular of all, the Norwegian Fjords. Norway has overtaken the Caribbean as top destination for UK cruisers and when you experience the majestic mountains, picturesque towns, peaceful villages and friendly people who speak to you in English as soon as they realise you are British, it’s easy to understand why.
Perhaps the grandest sailing of them all is the classic transatlantic voyage from Southampton to New York and back on Cunard Queen Mary 2, strictly speaking an ocean liner not a cruise ship. Crossing the Atlantic has never been more elegant and has the bonus of no jet lag. Although you are at sea for the entire crossing, there is so much to do on board that you will struggle to fit everything in. You can even take your pet with you as the ship has kennels and a kennel master. Cats and dogs are spoiled rotten with hand-made cookies, treats, playtime and toys.
Departing from the UK, there are cruises to suit singles, couples and families; mega ships with a plethora of things to do on board and small, intimate ships where you will quickly make new friends. The choice is yours and relaxation is almost certainly guaranteed.
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