22 Mar 2017 by Olga Brighton
Nowadays if you can dream it, you can pretty-much do it as far as holidays go, so what have you decided this year? Unfavourable exchange rates swayed you towards a ‘staycation’? Or are you a ‘life is for living’ type, and looking for something special to wash away the doom and gloom?
Whatever floats your boat, you’ll be sure to find a cruise trip that’s right for you, with greater than ever choice to suit all budgets. And you will be in good company too, because a record 1.9 Million Brits took cruise holidays in 2016. That’s almost 10% more than in 2015 according to the Cruise Lines International Association.
Once seen as the reserve of the rich or more mature traveller, cruises now offer remarkable value, with tailor made itineraries of tantalising locations sailing into view each day and accommodation, meals and entertainment all included in the package.
Whether you chose a firm favourite Mediterranean cruise, the Baltic, Caribbean, or Far East, you will wonder why you ever packed your paperbacks or Kindle as most cruises offer a mindboggling array of entertainment and activities on everything from yoga, painting, rock climbing, salsa, great night life and even gourmet dining on how to making a perfect crepe Suzette.
The choice of cruise ships is equally remarkable, including award winning ‘super yachts’ styled on Marie Antoinette’s 18th-century Chateau de Versailles; unique boutique Clipper ships; to gigantic floating skyscrapers like the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas with its 6,000 passenger capacity, waterslides, and amphitheatre. Smaller ships can offer unique interiors and itineraries that take in lesser-known destinations, or opt for an epic transatlantic voyage to The Big Apple. Either way you can experience luxury that many five star hotels would envy.
Many operators offer short taster cruises which are great for first-timers. But with so many cruises available, it’s wise to speak to a specialist who can help navigate you through the options, and find the cruise that’s just right for you.
Even with the best planning, the unexpected can happen. At Globelink we know from 20 years’ experience that cutting short a cruise trip due to an emergency back home, or being medically evacuated from a cruise liner due to illness costs thousands. Be a savvy traveler and don’t just go for the tour operator, or cruise company insurance option. This may be expensive and may not suit your insurance needs. Globelink customers are covered as standard for their cruise holidays, so you don’t have to pay extra for that essential peace of mind.