Cruises are often cited as an exceptionally good value holiday option. However, ask the average person who has never been on a cruise ship why they don’t take to the seas for their holidays, and price will be among the top factors. Where does the myth that surrounds cruising come from?
It’s worth remembering that when taking a cruise the price you pay will include travel (the ship), accommodation (the ship again), food, entertainment and sometimes even your alcohol and shore excursions. It’s something that should definitely be pointed out to anyone who is considering taking that all important first step.
We have highlighted some examples of great value voyages below, to prove that cruising makes your money go further than any other type of holiday.
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Fred. Olsen Cruises
Far East Explorer
119 days from £8,999
£75.62 a day
Fred. Olsen’s mammoth 119-day journey takes passengers from Southampton in January through Spain, Malta, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Myanmar, South East Asia and back through Sri Lanka, Greece, Spain and Lisbon. Arriving back in Southampton in May. What’s more? Not only does the journey start and end in the UK, but all with prices starting at an unbelievable £75.62 a day. That certainly is a champagne holiday on a beer budget!
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Amazon, West Indies & The Azores
42 days from £3,999
£95.21 a day
Leaving London Tilbury deep in the middle of the British winter, this Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ sailing quickly goes in search of the sun. Stops include Lisbon, Madeira and the Cape Verde Islands before crossing the Atlantic and making it to Brazil. From here the ship will make it all the way through to Manaus, Parintins and Alter do Chao before calling in at the Caribbean. By the time the Marco Polo makes it back to Tilbury, the worst of the winter is well behind you.
Holland America Line
Grand world voyage
114 nights from £11,998
£105.24 a day
This is particularly interesting when taking into account the jump in luxury. Holland America is a mid-level luxury product, yet you can sail on its grand world voyage for just over £100 a day. Starting in Ford Lauderdale, the ms Amsterdam sails through the Panama Canal to French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe before finishing with an Atlantic crossing. A total around the world adventure.
114 nights from £10,849
£95.16 a day
P&O’s mega trip starts and ends in Southampton, and includes calls at 43 ports in 28 countries. Some of the highlights include Shanghai, Singapore, the Great Barrier Reef and South Africa. The trip also includes two days in San Francisco and extended calls in Okinawa, Hong Kong and Colombo. To put it bluntly, this is a trip of a lifetime for less per day than you would pay for a London hotel.
111 days from £14,277
£128.62 a day
One more example from a line that would certainly count itself as luxury is Princess Cruises. The company offers an amazing 111-day world cruise (from Los Angeles) that calls at a remarkable array of destinations including Samoa, New Zealand, Brunei, Malaysia, India, Dubai, Egypt, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Costa Rica. All this from just £128 a day.