Cruising on a Budget

Cruise holidays are typically associated with high-end luxury – with exquisite cuisine on tap, a list of superb destinations to visit and attentive five-star service. But you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that finding cruise deals is not that difficult.

For a start, cruise holidays usually represent excellent value for money. Many come as a complete package with flights, accommodation and all meals included in the price – and what meals they are. Cuisine of numerous different nationalities, prepared to the highest standards, is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while delicious snacks are provided in-between throughout the day. Whatever you fancy – whether it’s smoked salmon for breakfast, a Sunday roast for lunch or seafood for dinner – it’s all there. Most cruises offer a gala dinner night too, where you’ll get to glam up and be treated to waiter service complete with a delicious taster menu.

But it’s not all about food and exciting destinations. Cruise liners typically have fantastic facilities onboard too. Take Royal Caribbean cruises for instance. Its standard of service precedes it, and aside from the usual amenities such as gym equipment, pools and spa treatments, it’s constantly pushing the boundaries with new and innovative ideas. Most ships in the RCI fleet offer surfing lessons in a special pool complete with surf generator, and they also boast a rock climbing wall.

But while a cruise might be a lavish treat, it doesn’t have to come with the luxury price tag. Many cruise companies or tour operators offer great discounts on holidays throughout the year, and especially just before the ships depart. You can often bag a great deal by booking a couple of weeks before the departure date, and enjoy all the wonderful experiences of a cruise holiday at a fraction of the original price. Perfect.


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