Why choose a cruise holiday?

Discover some of the fantastic advantages of a cruise holiday, from the comfortable surroundings and delicious to an amazing choice of on-board and on-shore entertainment.

A couple, seen from behind, look out over the sea and the setting sun from the deck of a cruise ship.

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Have you always dreamt of going on a cruise holiday? Or maybe it’s something you’ve never really considered until recently. 

There’s a lot to love about cruise holidays, and they can offer much more than a traditional land-based holiday. From the variety of destinations, the delicious food and the time out at sea, there are so many reasons to choose a cruise from Southampton or one of the other UK cruise holiday ports like Dover, Liverpool or Newcastle.

Here are just a few of the advantages of a cruise holiday:

A white cruise ship sailing in the evening. It is lit up inside, with the sunset visible in the background.

Let someone else do the planning

I love researching and planning travel, but sometimes I think having someone else handle all the planning for a change would be nice.

With a cruise holiday, your destinations are all mapped out for you. Every cruise ship has an on-shore excursion desk and destination experts who can help you with any questions. So you’ll have nothing more strenuous to do than decide which fabulous excursion to enjoy on your next shore day.

Of course, there’s nothing to stop you from doing your own destination research, but knowing someone else can do all the legwork for you is a big advantage of cruise holidays. 

Travelling in style

One of the best things about a cruise holiday is the excitement of exploring your cruise ship for the first time. 

You can enjoy all the comforts of a luxury hotel but with an ever-changing view from your window or even from your own private balcony. Most cruise ships have a range of accommodation styles, so whether you just need a quiet place to sleep or want something a little more luxurious to relax in, you’re sure to find something that suits your needs.

And with plenty to keep you occupied on board, from theatre shows and fitness classes to restaurants and bars, you might not want to go on-shore!

A row of deckchairs lined up on the deck of a cruise ship. Passengers can be seen walking along the deck in the background

Fabulous choice of destinations

Why choose just one destination for your holiday? A cruise holiday lets you tick even more off your bucket list, with a new stop nearly every day.

You could be sailing around the cities of the Mediterranean, marvelling at the Norwegian fjords or island-hopping around the Caribbean. And those are just a few of the many cruise holidays you can choose from. And don’t forget those stunning sunset views you can enjoy while sipping a cocktail on your cruise ship out at sea.

You’ll generally get a full day to look around at each stop, and sometimes you’ll spend two days in one location. This gives you more time to explore your destination and maybe even enjoy the local nightlife before you move on.

Most of the sea miles are covered at night, so you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to make the most of your next exciting excursion. Unlike a land-based tour, you only have to unpack your luggage once so there’ll be no more lugging heavy cases from hotel to hotel or waiting around for taxis, transfers and train connections!

On-board activities and entertainment

On-shore excursions are exciting, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that your days at sea will be dull. There’s so much to keep you occupied on board, and you can do as much or as little as you like.

You’ll find swimming pools, fitness suites, restaurants and bars just like any hotel or resort, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Your cruise ship could have quizzes, cookery classes, a cinema, mini-golf… you’ll be spoilt for choice.

If you’re on a family holiday, you’ll be pleased to hear that cruise ships often have a kids’ club and activities just for little ones. But if you’d rather not travel with children, you’ll also be pleased to hear that adult-only cruises are also available!

A pina colada cocktail, complete with parasol and cherry garnish, balanced on the railing of a cruise ship with the blue sea visible in the background

Mouthwatering food and drink

You’ll be able to enjoy an exciting range of food and drink on board your cruise ship. Whether you want a quick snack or an elegant dinner at the captain’s table, there’s something to tempt everyone.

The clever chefs on board will create delicious menus inspired by your cruise destinations. And if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, you can just let the cruise staff know, and it will all be dealt with for you. No more worrying about whether your chosen restaurant will understand and remember your requirements.

A bonus benefit – cruise holidays are good value

A cruise holiday may look expensive at first. But when you consider everything the price tag covers, cruises actually work out to be pretty good value!

Your cruise holiday includes your accommodation and meals, activities and entertainment, maybe even a glass of wine with dinner or a mid-morning cappuccino. And, of course, the attentive staff will be on-hand to attend to your every need.

And you’ll enjoy all this while your cruise ship glides along and you make memories on your unforgettable cruise holiday. 

So now you know the advantages of a cruise holiday, what’s stopping you from booking one?