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Compare a City Break to a Mini Cruise

3rd May 2018

If you’re considering a few days away somewhere, no doubt you’ve looked into the classic European city breaks; Rome, Paris, Barcelona, to name a few. But why limit yourself to just one place? Why not take in numerous destinations in comfort and style on a fabulous mini cruise.

 

 

Five Great Things about a Mini Cruise

 

There are so many advantages of choosing a mini cruise instead of a self-led city break, here are our top five;

 

  • All the food is taken care of. While of course it’s great to go out and about and sample new foods on holiday, it’s also a real comfort to know that the majority of your food and drink is readily available onboard.
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  • Staff to give you advice. Whether you want tips on the best things to see, or need help with any issues during your holiday, having crew onboard to assist you can be extremely reassuring.
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  • Good quality accommodation. With a mini cruise you can avoid all the hassle of trying to find the best places to stay in a city that suit you. You can simply choose your cabin when booking according to your needs.
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  • You don’t have to fly. There are plenty of mini cruises departing from the UK, so you can avoid losing anytime flying or navigating airports. Simply embark onto your cruise ship, check-in, and relax.
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  • Seeing multiple destinations. On a city break you generally stay in one part of a city and explore as much as you can of it. On a mini cruise you’ll usually be transported to a few different areas, in one or more countries.
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    What People Get Wrong About Mini Cruises

     

    Many holidaymakers have the wrong impression about mini-cruising, and we want to set the record straight;

     

  • It's more expensive. This simply is not the case when you’re comparing a like for like holiday (same destinations, same standard of food and accommodation). In fact it’s often the cheaper option, especially if you want to go to more than one place.
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  • There’s not enough time in port. Yes you will be bound to your cruise itinerary, but cruise lines know where their guests want to be. They’ll offer longer days and evenings, and even overnights in port as much as possible.
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  • You have limited dining options. Of course a cruise ship will have fewer restaurants than a European city, but more often than not there are more venues onboard than you’ll be able to dine in. And cuisine on cruise ships is becoming a higher and higher standard all the time so you don’t need to worry about lack of quality.
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    If you’re still not sure which suits you when comparing a city break to a mini cruise, there’s another fantastic option. Talk to our team about creating your own unique, cruise and stay holiday, on which you’ll be able to make the most of all the aspects of cruising as well as spend a few extra days in the destination of your choice, exploring on your own.


    7 Tips to Survive an Airport Delay

    23rd February 2018

    Anyone who enjoys a holiday is likely to experience an airport delay at one time or another, and those who opt for a fly-criuse might be faced with this problem one day. No doubt your first concern will be how the delay will affect your ongoing travel - and specifically embarkation of the cruise ship. Our cruise agents keep a watchful eye on any travel delays, however in this instance it's always advisable to make contact with your tour operator when you are given the information of the delay - whether this be our team or the cruise line. Informing the tour operater means they will then be able to offer assistance as quickly as possible.

     

     

    After you have made contact with the tour operator, and logistical arrangements have been taken care of, the next thing to consider will be how on earth to while away the time. Whether it’s for 2 hours or 24 hours, there’s no getting away from the fact that a delay is always going to be an irritating occurrence. Having said this, there are plenty of ways to beat the blues, and make the best of the situation; here are our top tips for surviving an airport delay.

    1. Take emergency snacks

    While it’s rarely possible to plan for a delay, bringing a few extra goodies with you can certainly do no harm. When departing from the UK, foods like fruit, crisps, biscuits, and sandwiches can all be taken through customs as long as they are wrapped or in a container. Liquids such as dip, soup, and yoghurt are prohibited. Be sure to check local information when departing from foreign airports.

     

     

    2. Take a foldable stool in your hand luggage

    One of the most irritating things that can happen when you're forced to wait at an airport is for there to be no available seating. Intead of being forced to take a pew on the floor, or merely staying stood up, take a foldable travel or camping stool. Be sure to check your size allowances for hand luggage, but usually these will fold up small enough to fit inside.

    3. Bring a travel games and a notepad and pen

    If you haven’t brought any with you, fortunately most airports stock a selection of games and activity books. Choose from things like word-searches, crosswords, and Sudoku, or if you want something more interactive, travel-size board games like Scrabble, Guess Who, and Connect 4 are particularly popular. A simple notepad and pen can be a real lifeline when faced with boredom. If you’re travelling with others, these enable you to play games like hangman, noughts and crosses, and dots and boxes. Or, if travelling alone, why not set about planning various aspects of your trip? Or get a head start on your Christmas gift list? Or even begin a travel journal?

     

     

    4. Bring mini-toiletries

    When you’re forced to sit and wait for long periods of time, there’s nothing worse than feeling grimy and stuffy at the same time. For this reason, it’s advisable to pack a few small toiletries in your hand luggage. As long as everything is under 100ml, items like deodorant, dry-shampoo, wipes, and a toothbrush and toothpaste can help you feel refreshed again.

    5. Consider an airport lounge pass

    If you’re going to be stuck for a good few hours, think about purchasing a pass to access one of the airport’s lounges. These areas tend to have a completely different atmosphere to the rest of the airport – one of comfort and calmness. Lounges are perfect for relaxing with a book and a drink, and many of them offer amenities like complimentary snacks and good quality WiFi.

     

     

    6. Explore the airport

    Whether or not you’re interested in planes, airports can be interesting and exciting places. Many boast unexpected features that you simply won’t find unless you go looking - take care not to wander into any restricted areas though. As well as celebrity-chef restaurants, spas, galleries, and even movie theatres, other facilities include:

    • Rooftop Pool, Singapore Changi Airport

    • 30,000 Gallon Aquarium, Vancouver International Airport

    • Sports Equipment to Hire, Zurich Airport

    • Yoga Studio, San Francisco International Airport

    • 9hole Golf Course, Hong Kong International Airport

    7. Catch up with someone

    Though an airport delay rarely seems like a good thing, an optimist would tell you you’ve been given the gift of time. With this positivity in mind, you can begin to think of valuable ways to use it. One great option is to get in touch with a loved one. Reply to those messages that you haven’t had time for until now, or send a nice long email to your aunt. Spending a few hours on the phone with an old friend or sibling will also help while away the time. Make sure you pack chargers for your devices too - there are usually ports available for you to plug in when you need to.

     

     

    Of course no one ever wants to experience a delay at an airport, but unfortunately they are hard to predict and can be simply unavoidable at times. Having said this, if this truly is the stuff of your nightmares, and might even stop you from wanting to go on holiday, it is possible to avoid the situation completely. Consider opting for a no-fly cruise for your next break, and escape the hassle of airports altogether.


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