Take Your Cruise Further

With many holidays being cancelled for 2020 or travel plans placed on hold, many of us are left wanting to go bigger and better once we can leave the country again! From upgrading our seats on a plane to ticking off that bucket-list destination, here are some of the ways you can upgrade your holiday and take your cruise further than before.

Upgrade your stateroom

MSC Seaview - Yacht Club Suite - MSC Cruises

From inside cabins to expansive balcony views or even butler service in a suite, upgrading your stateroom is a great way to enjoy a little extra indulgence while sailing. Perks such as unlimited drinks, exclusive access to restaurants and VIP service go hand-in-hand with stateroom upgrades, offering the perfect option for an extra special cruise.

Our favourite picks:

  • MSC Yacht Club – Offers 24-hour butler service, exclusive access to certain areas of your ship and lavishly appointed suites
  • The Haven with NCL – A ‘ship within a ship’, enjoy spacious accommodations, butler service and your own reserved sundeck
  • The Retreat with Celebrity Cruises – Paired with your own Retreat Lounge, this is the ultimate in modern luxury offering exclusive access to the Luminae restaurant and the luxurious outdoor area, the Retreat Sundeck

Extend your cruise

Father and daughter swimming in a pool on-board Princess Cruises

Ever wished you could stay on holiday that little bit longer. Why not upgrade your cruise and opt for an extended sailing so that you can make the most of life on-board and enjoy every minute of your itinerary? Take time to truly relax with spa days, sample every dining venue on-board or simply lay by the pool for longer – all guilt-free.

Add a hotel stay

Open suitcase - packing for holiday

Pairing your cruise with a hotel stay is a great way to settle in before setting sail. Pre- and post-cruise hotel stays allow you to experience the destinations for longer, learning more about the culture, cuisine and local life before exploring the surrounding regions on your cruise.

Book a shore excursion

A couple snorkelling in the Caribbean sea with Princess Cruises

It is known that shore excursions are great for learning more about your destinations, as they offer incredible holiday memories to last a lifetime. View your port from above in a helicopter or paragliding; trek through the nature of the landscape on foot, or dive beneath the surface to view a secret marine world below. No matter where you are sailing to, there is always the perfect excursion for you.

Upgrade your flights

Plane flying in the sky

Your holiday begins as soon as you leave your home, so why not consider upgrading your fights to start your holiday in style? Business Class is not just additional leg room and comfier seats, it offers perks such as priority boarding, gourmet food, more storage and access to a premium class lounge to truly relax before flying.

Cruise in ultra-luxury

Silversea - Dining Venue

Smaller ships, more space on-board and an air of opulence that you will want to bottle up and take home, upgrading to a luxury cruise line is a great way to enjoy your next sailing. It is known that ultra-luxury cruise lines offer next-level service, Michelin star level dining and decadence from beginning to end, why not try it for yourself?

Getaway for a special occasion

Couple on a balcony in Greece - Saga Cruises

Due to the current climate, many of us won’t have been able to celebrate a special occasion properly or will have missed out on friends and family members birthdays. Why not opt for celebrating in style next year with a holiday alongside your loved ones. Holidays are a fantastic way to have fun with family and friends. Set sail to their favourite destination or visit somewhere romantic for an unforgettable time.

Getaway for New Year’s Eve

Hong Kong - Fireworks for New Year's Eve

Spend New Year overlooking Sydney’s Harbour, count down to midnight in Times Square or watch fireworks behind the Eiffel Tower. Wherever in the world you choose to see in the new year, make memories to last a lifetime when you end one year and begin the next during a cruise.

Visit a dream destination

Boa Bora - South Pacific

Paradise ports, endless landscapes, arctic regions – everyone has that one place they would love to visit in their lifetime. A bucket-list destination that is top of the list. With cruises sailing to most corners of the world, make your dream a reality and set sail there on your next cruise.

Try a world cruise

P&O Cruises - Britannia

It would be a dream to see the world wouldn’t it? To visit each continent and see what makes it so distinctively unique? World cruises offer exactly that. With the added bonus of only unpacking the once, sail to hundreds of ports in one incredible trip that is sure to leave you in awe of the world we live in.

Upgrade for less

St. Lucia, Caribbean - Romantic destination for couples

In some cases, upgrading your cruise offers much better value for money – some of the upgrades are even free! Free drinks and free stateroom upgrades are included in many of our 2021 cruise packages, as well as pre- and post-cruise stays, meaning you get even more than you bargained for and have a great holiday to look forward to.

Where are you planning on travelling to next? Which of these upgrades are you most likely to choose? Let us know in the comments below.

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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