We all want different things from our holidays, but one thing most of us have in common is a craving for a little relaxation. If you fancy really getting away from it all on your next break, I think you’ll find it pretty hard to beat a cruise – especially if you go to a gorgeous sun-drenched destination like the Caribbean.
If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you may well be wondering just what makes this kind of holiday more relaxing than others. So, today I’ll be taking a look at what exactly it is about cruises that makes them stand out from the crowd. Hopefully, this’ll provide you with a little inspiration for your next getaway!
Ease of travel
In the relaxation stakes, one of the major benefits of cruising is how easy it makes your journey. After all, as much as most of us love going on holiday, long airport queues, uncomfortable plane journeys and tiresome hotel transfers aren’t quite so treasured.
The beauty of cruising, especially if you do it from right here in the UK, is that you eliminate all that. Instead, you just need to get to your cruise ship and then you can spend your time travelling from A to B in total comfort. More than that, your journey can be as much a part of your holiday as visiting the destinations themselves!
Lots of ways to be pampered
Cruises really do specialise in relaxation. Go on a cruise with a company like Fred. Olsen and you’ll find your every need is catered for, which means you can indulge yourself every step of the way.
Most ships, for example, will be home to spa facilities (though it’s always worth booking your session or any treatments before you actually board your cruise. After all, you’re bound not to be the only one who fancies a spa day, so it’s always worth doing a little advance planning to make sure you don’t miss out!
Unwinding in the pool, taking dance classes, sipping a cocktail in the bar or simply reading a good book on deck are just a handful of the other ways to be pampered on board.
Spend your time how you please
Similarly, a cruise gives you the freedom to spend your time exactly how you please in a way that few other holidays do – largely because you’ll have so many options to hand at all times. So, if you feel like being completely lazy and doing nothing at all, you can do so – though there are plenty of possibilities if you fancy doing something else.
You can head to the library and find a good book to read, for instance, or get a bit more active by joining in a fitness class or hitting the gym. And at your ports of call, you can go on a range of exciting planned excursions – or go it alone and explore independently. The choice is yours!
Enjoy amazing food
No relaxing holiday is really complete without indulging in a little edible decadence – and a quality cruise will never fail to impress on that front. Usually, you’ll have a choice of cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from over the course of the day, including the chance to go to a formal dinner where you can really enjoy a sense of occasion, as well as great food.
Plus, you’ll also get to experience the cuisine of the various destinations you visit along the way – something that gives you an opportunity to soak up a little local culture while you’re enjoying yourself!
Visit beautiful places
And of course, let’s not forget the fact that a cruise gives you the opportunity to visit not just one, but lots of relaxing destinations in tucked-away corners of the world. For example, you could pick an itinerary that takes you along the Amazon River and then around the beaches of the Caribbean – a combination that gives you the chance to discover quiet, hidden destinations and cultures, as well as some of the most beautiful stretches of sand you’re ever likely to come across. Plus, you can even visit islands like Madeira and Tenerife en route!