Aloha adventurers and welcome to another Friday thought from Fred.\ here on Fred Holidays TV. After looking at land-based holidays last week, today we are going to switch the focus to cruising. As the market grows, more and more people are deciding to take a cruise for the first time and although the average age remains between 50 and 65, families and younger travellers are now considering cruises more seriously when booking their holiday.
Our dedicated cruise website, Fredcruises.co.uk, has a wide range of sailings that cater for all tastes. As we discussed before, it’s not just Fred. Olsen cruises that we can provide but those from a whole host of well-known names in the industry too. You can search by operator if you know who you want to sail with or you can simply search by destination and see which options there available. Alternatively, if you only know when you want to go, and not where or who with, you can simply enter two dates into the search box and then browse all the cruises departing in this timeframe.
You may want to think about the type of cruise experience you are looking for, and this will often depend on who is coming with you and what your budget is. If you are taking the whole family away on an adventure you may want to look at lines such as Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line and P&O cruises as these all offer a great choice of activities to keep the little ones happy as well as spaces in which parents can relax. However, if it is just you and your partner or a friend, lines such as Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Cunard may be better suited.
Alternatively, if you are travelling on your own then you may want to consider operators such as Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines who have a high number of single cabins on their ships or Cunard and Holland America who offer gentleman hosts and a Single Partners Program respectively. It’s also worth thinking about which ship you would like to sail on as some may be more suited than others. P&O Cruises has three adult only ships in their fleet which may appeal to those who want to relax without there being any children around. A quick look at the various facilities on board each ship, via our website, will also give you a good idea of which vessels offer what you are looking for.
As I said before, budget often plays a big part in what type of cruise you choose, but there really is something for everyone on the Fred.\ Cruises website. Those who like to know what they will be paying in advance may like the all-inclusive offering from Pullmantur Cruises. The price you pay will include everything from flights and port taxes to beverages (including alcohol) and all meals on board.
And for those who like to sail in the lap of luxury, we have plenty of choices in this area too. Operators such as Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SilverSea, and Azamara all provide small ships equipped with fine-dining restaurants, elegant lounges, and plenty of luxurious extras. The superb crew to guest ratios will also mean that there is always someone on hand to answer your every beck and call.
For those who are considering taking their first ever cruise, we understand that this can be a difficult decision to make. The information above will be a great help, but we can also offer some excellent taster or mini cruises so that you can see what all the fuss is about. These short trips, usually across the channel to France, Belgium, or The Netherlands, will give you the chance to experience what cruising is all about without having to commit to something longer. Once you’ve caught the cruising bug, though, we’re sure you’ll be booking your next sailing before too long.
That’s everything for today, so if you are planning to head out onto the waves in 2015, please head over to the Fred.\ Cruises websites to look at the great deals we have for you. Thanks for watching this week and I’ll see you again for another Friday thought from Fred.\.