The Cunard cruise liner Queen Victoria in Sydney Harbour last year. Huge cruise ships are more popular than ever. These floating cities offer everything you would expect with any holiday and there are packages to suit all budgets.
The Cunard cruise liner Queen Victoria in Sydney Harbour last year. Huge cruise ships are more popular than ever. These floating cities offer everything you would expect with any holiday and there are packages to suit all budgets. SUPPLIED

TRAVEL: Floating cities replace fly-and-flop holidays

CRUISING has gone mad. Currently there are massive sales out there for cruises in the coming months. P&O, Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Cunard and Holland America just to name a few. The main reason is there are so many ships operating out of our waters and their cabins have to be filled. So if you were contemplating going on a cruise this year or next call into our office and pick up an information pack.

Cruising is increasingly taking over from the fly-and-flop holiday, passengers are seeing the value of being on a ship in that it includes accommodation and meals, entertainment along with other benefits that come with a cruise. There are different locations to be explored and enjoyed and the cruise ships provide something for all interests and all budgets.

If you haven't tried a cruise yet, you would probably know someone that has and they would be able to tell you what great value for money they are. There are so many different cruise itineraries to choose from. They have short three to four day cruises, novelty cruises where the company organises a themed trip like a comedy cruise or a country music cruise, right up to seven to 14-night cruises out to places like New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. A popular one is a circumnavigation cruise around Australia. This particular itinerary has attracted a lot of interest.

Cruise ships of today are big, basically a floating city. They are truly floating luxurious resorts with every service and amenity to make you feel special. Stunning ocean views, glittering array of entertainment, spa and fitness centres, sumptuous cuisine choices, professionally staffed Kids Clubs and 24-hour service all make your holiday on a cruise ship one to remember - an experience like no other.

When choosing your cruise you can select from outstanding balcony cabins with ocean views, great-value internal cabins, four-berth options to share with family or friends or outside cabins with windows. Picture yourself on your own private balcony. You only have to unpack once while still experiencing the adventure of a different destination every day. With any great cruise package, every night is a celebration. As the night sky begins to sparkle so does your floating resort.

Start with a pre-dinner drink or catch up with friends over cocktails before taking your seat for a spectacular musical production or laugh your head off at a comedy show. You can rock on to live bands, singers, speciality acts and musicians. But if you are interested in something a little bit quieter you can watch the stars on the big screen at a recent-release movie.

The great value in a cruise comes from the inclusion all main meals in your fare. You can choose from lavish buffet selections or dine on four-course à la carte menus in beautiful formal dining rooms. Enjoy casual dining with a pizza or relax poolside with a quick snack. Saunter into the café for a perfect latte or enjoy a breath-taking sunset at sea with a cocktail in hand. Just like any great resort, room service is available 24 hours a day.

The beauty of this type of holiday is that you can enjoy your holiday your way. Laze on a deck chair by a pool, be pampered with a rejuvenating, soothing massage or discover your inner Picasso at an art or craft class. If you are worried about missing your regular exercise, enjoy the jogging track or a workout at the gym.

Pop your nose into a wine appreciation seminar or learn how to make a perfect latte from their baristas. You could star in a karaoke session or feel the beat at a dance class. Trivia, bingo, deck sports, art auctions, yoga classes - it's all there to create your best holiday ever. Don't miss out.



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