Back in the old days, explorers travelled the world on the seven seas. They slowly discovered new worlds and encountered extraordinary cultures aboard their floating home.
Even today, with our jam-packed schedules, it’s possible to enjoy the romance and nostalgia of cruising around the world. You can discover new worlds of your own and experience thrilling adventures, all while relaxing onboard a luxury ship.
The Benefits of No-Fly Cruises
Where do we begin? There are so many reasons to choose a cruise-only package, but the most important perhaps is how suitable they are for those with a fear or dislike of flying. Aerophobia shouldn’t stop you from seeing the world and enjoying holidays in exotic locations and cruising is a fantastic (if not, better) alternative to flying.
If you do like (or tolerate) flying, no-fly packages have benefits for you too. Firstly, cruising eliminates the need to travel to and waste half a day in an airport. Then there’s no queuing, checking in or unexpected delays. Luggage restrictions are another awkward part of air travel, especially on budget airlines where they slam you with extra fees just for bringing a suitcase. Most cruise lines operate a ‘no luggage restrictions’ policy, which is great for families with young kids who might need to bring toys and other equipment.
Finally, when you take a cruise, the holiday starts as soon as you step on board. You don’t have to travel to your destination before you can kick back and relax. No, the fun starts when you say it starts.
There are hundreds of no-fly cruises from the UK. Here are just a few of our favourites:
The Mediterranean Adventure
This 16 night cruise from Southampton is aboard Royal Caribbean’s luxury Adventure of the Seas. It travels to all the Mediterranean hotspots, including Gibraltar, Barcelona, Nice, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Cagliari, Malaga, Seville and Lisbon.
Polar Bears & Reindeers
For something a little different, spend 15 nights aboard Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar. The ship travels to lots of places in Norway for spectacular scenery and wildlife. This festive cruise departs from Dover.
If you fancy travelling further afield, this cruise departing from Liverpool takes in the very best of Canadian cities and landscapes. It’s a month-long voyage aboard another fantastic Fred Olsen ship. The Black Watch is an intimate and traditional liner with exceptional entertainment, which is perfect for long stretches at sea.
Departing from Harwich in Essex, this 11 night cruise aboard Celebrity Infinity travels along the Iberian Peninsula. This ship is steeped in luxury and it stops at the chicest European destinations; Paris, Bordeaux, Bilbao and Vigo. Our favourite feature of this cruise is that you get to spend two full days in most of the destinations.
So, as you can see, it really is possible to see the world without taking to the skies. You can find further information about each of these no-fly cruises here.