We all know the proverb “the early bird catches the worm” and it rings true for so many common occasions in our lives. Whether it’s putting your name down for the prize turkey at Christmas, clicking refresh on your web browser for event tickets or even getting a seat on the train during rush-hour. There’s no denying that planning ahead or turning up early gives you more choice and more chance of getting exactly what you want. The same can be said for booking your next trip away, with many cruise packages now including popular events and themes it’s a good idea to book in advance to ensure you can be part of the action.
From world famous sporting events to music cruises, seasonal themes and more; there are a whole host of unique cruise packages to choose from. Explore just some of the opportunities with our latest 10 cruises to book in advance.
1. Monaco Grand Prix with Azamara Club Cruises (May 2016). Secure your spot at one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. Experience the glamour and luxury lifestyle first hand, explore Monte Carlo and enjoy the incomparable buzz of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix.
2. Baltic Sea Golf Cruise with Azamara Club Cruises (June 2016). Cruise the captivating Baltic Sea with Azamara Club Cruises and play at some of the most magnificent golf courses in Europe with an add on golf package from PerryGolf. Play The International in the Netherlands, The Scandinavian in Denmark and more on this unique golfing tour.
3. Chelsea Flower Show with Swan Hellenic (May 2016). Cruise in the spring to some perfectly picturesque destinations on this exciting voyage, designed in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. A number of garden-themed excursions are available plus your cruise culminates in a visit to the hugely popular Chelsea Flower Show.
4. Country Music Cruise with Holland America Line (January 2016). The most exciting country music celebration is happening at sea as music fans rejoice alongside some of their favourite famous musicians. Country music cruisers can enjoy live performances, line dancing, real southern cooking and much more on this one of a kind music themed cruise.
5. Christmas Markets Cruise (Dec 2016) with Fred. Olsen Cruises. Wake up in a Christmas fairy-tale as you explore the enchanting Irish Christmas markets as part of this unique and memorable winter cruise. Pick up some truly unique Christmas gifts for loved ones and sample the tasty local delicacies on display.
6. New Year Northern Lights Cruise (Dec 2015) with Hurtigruten. Not only is this the optimal time of year for northern lights sightings but also the most magical. Cruise north of the Arctic Circle to see stunning snow coated landscapes and spend a Christmas and New Year at sea that you’ll never forget. (Departs 2015)
7. Soul Train Cruise (Jan 2016) with Celebrity Cruises. Sail to the sweet melodic sounds of soul on this hugely popular Soul Train cruise. Enjoy live performances from an incredible line-up of renowned musicians, celebrity hosted activities and hotel stays in Memphis, Chicago and more. Don’t hesitate on this greatly unrivalled cruising experience.
8. Star Wars at Sea (Jan 2016) with Disney Cruise Line. Sci-fi sets sail with a Star Wars Day at Sea from Disney Cruise Line. Star Wars super fans can immerse themselves in the famous saga as they are joined onboard by a whole host of iconic characters. Jedi training, film screenings, themed events and celebrations are just a few of the highlights.
9. Carnival Vista Maiden Voyage (1st May 2016) with Carnival Cruises. Known as the world’s most popular cruise line, Carnival Cruises really know how to switch on the fun and have a good time. Savvy sailors are eagerly anticipating the launch of Carnival Vista, Carnival’s largest ever and most innovative fun ship. Book early to be a part of the maiden voyage and experience Carnival’s colourful and upbeat class of cruising.
10. Calgary Stampede (2nd July 2016) with Celebrity Cruises. Welcome to the wildness of the west at the Calgary Stampede, the greatest outdoor show on earth. This exciting two day event hosts the rodeo world’s finest and offers a gripping schedule of entertainment. This once in a lifetime cruise also features an Alaska voyage and Rocky Mountaineer train journey – sign me up!