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It's officially 'Plan a Cruise Month' So in its honour, we will be posting some exclusive deals on our social media pages along with and a few cruising facts too. Keep an eye as the destination changes each week! Week one - Europe Week Two - America and the Caribbean Week Three - Australasia Week Four - Asia
From being a holiday for well-bred golden oldies, cruising has become the holiday of choice for almost two million Brits. This is a holiday option that’s gone from hip-replacement to hip in less than twenty years. At last holidaymakers have shrugged off their preconceptions that cruising is only for the privileged few who dress up in black tie and tiaras every night. In fact cruising is now more affordable than ever but many are still reluctant to take that leap of faith and dip their toes in the briny for the first time. Whatever you want to do, whether it’s a West End show such as Grease or Mamma Mia; wine-tasting with legends such as champagne ace Clovis Taittinger; have a character breakfast with Mickey Mouse; or zip-lining through tropical rainforests, there’s a cruise line that offers it. One of the most important choices to make before you book a cruise is whether to sail on a big or small ship. Get it right and you’ll have a fabulous holiday, make the wrong decision and you’ll spend the cruise looking wistfully at any other ship you are docked next to in port. Large ships tend to be lively and active; they have pool games, action-packed kids and teens clubs, multiple restaurants and top-billing entertainment. Smaller ships offer more ‘me-time’, are great for socialising, as well as offering a unique escape from the hurly-burly of everyday life. Cruise ships come in all shapes and sizes - from less than a hundred passengers to over 6,000 – and everywhere in between. So it’s important to ask yourself a few basic questions before you even think about heading into the blue yonder. First up is where do you want to cruise? Secondly what’s your budget? Thirdly, is it important to have things like drinks and shore excursions included? And just as important, are you looking for buzzing nightlife or do you prefer to head to bed after dinner and open your favourite page-turner? Cruise lines have stepped up their efforts to entice newcomers to sample a holiday at sea. There’s no disputing short cruises are a perfect entrée to the wonderful world of cruising and old salts would argue that getting the first cruise right can mean a lifelong addiction. It’s so easy to sail away and explore several cities and countries in as little as a week without having to repack your bags once. Our team of friendly advisors are well versed in all aspects of cruising and will ensure you’re addicted from the moment you take you first steps into the irresistible world of cruising. Give our cruise specialists a call now on 0800 484 0314 or click on www.barrheadtravel.co.uk.
River cruising offers an unrivalled means of travel, ideal for making new discoveries. Your ship is a luxurious, floating hotel, so unpack just once, settle into your spacious, light and airy cabin and enjoy the views as the scenery slips by. Travel at a gentle pace, which gives you time to get to know your destination and experience the local culture in more depth. Generally, your ship will dock in the heart of the town, so you have no tenders to navigate, no long queues before disembarking, no travelling at a breakneck pace in order to complete a visit before the ship prepares to pick up anchor. While many itineraries include the great cities of the world, a river cruise will also allow you to discover the hidden gems lying inland along the banks of the river. Whether you’d like to experience ancient cultures, explore some of Europe’s most exciting cities, or discover the striking peaks and gorges of China’s Yangtze River, river cruising has the vessel and itinerary to suit you. Post your river cruise questions in the chat and fellow travellers or our Barrhead Travel's river cruise specialists will help answers any topics you want to discuss. See Barrhead Travel's river cruising section of our website HERE Want to find out more of the popular European rivers. Click the links to see our factsheets; Rhine River factsheet HERE Danube River factsheet HERE French River factsheet HERE