Cruise holidays are a fantastic way to see the world, but you’ll want to make sure that you choose the right voyage for you.

It’s just like picking a hotel. You’ll want enough space for your group, enough going on to keep the kids entertained… or maybe some quieter and more exclusive surroundings if you’re looking for a luxury getaway for two.

Our Cruise Concierge team can give you a full rundown of the cruise lines we work with, and it’s their job to find the cruise that’s perfect for you. Every cruise line is different, but below you’ll find a quick general overview of the types of cruises we have available.

Popular cruises

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Ideal for couples, families and keen explorers

The world’s biggest cruise lines are experts in family fun. These gigantic ships are akin to floating resorts, with everything from water parks and Broadway-style shows to surfing and skydiving simulators on-board. Heading to popular destinations like the Med and the Caribbean, these cruises make an unforgettable family holiday as easy as climbing aboard.

Disney, Nickelodeon and Dreamworks characters make appearances on some family-friendly cruise ships, and you’ll find a fantastic choice of places to eat, play and relax with a great range of restaurants, spas and sports facilities. These lines regularly upgrade their ships to include the very latest features – like robot bartenders, state-of-the-art theatres and even multi-level suites for bigger groups of guests.

There are also plenty of cruise lines that specialise in catering for couples too, whether you’d like a classic cruise complete with fine dining and ballroom dancing… or an outdoorsy adventure on an exploration voyage. For a wedding cruise or a honeymoon sailing you could even try a taste of luxury in a premium suite.

Luxury cruises

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Unique travel experiences and unrivalled service

Some cruise lines specialise in luxury and even ultra-luxury experiences. These more exclusive cruises are defined by world-class dining, personalised service and refined entertainment, and give you everything you might expect from a stay in a five-star or even six-star hotel.

Luxury cruises take place on smaller ships and yachts with fewer guests on-board, and they’re all about premium relaxation and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Some luxury cruise lines might leave port much later in the evening, giving you special access to live music events hidden away in the most beautiful ports on Earth. Other lines focus on bucket-list experiences and expeditions into the wild, with small landing craft that can take you deep into the Amazon, or wildlife spotting along the icy shores of Antarctica.

Back on-board you can expect nothing but the best in inclusive luxury – like complimentary drinks and fine dining with new friends, an educational seminar with some of the world’s foremost expert speakers, and time spent getting away from it all in a premium spa or luxurious whirlpool out on deck.

Paired with a city break in a five-star hotel stay before or after you sail, a tailored luxury cruise can create the kind of unique travel experiences that’ll stay with you for life.

River cruises

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The perfect way to explore famous inland cities

Our sister site specialises in river cruises through Europe, Russia, the USA and even the Far East. You could see the opera in Vienna, head ashore for wine tastings in France or Portugal, or discover exotic new destinations down the Mekong through Cambodia and Vietnam. In essence, river voyages create the perfect way to travel right to the heart of cities that oceangoing ships just can’t reach.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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