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Date: 13/02/2013

Will you be setting off on a Cruise Holiday this summer?

There are people who say that once you have taken a cruise, you will never go back to a standard holiday. The list of benefits is almost never ending, but there is also plenty of choice to ensure that wherever you choose to spend your holiday you can travel there in style and enjoy the very best entertainment on the way.

Many people think that a cruise is just about spending time on a glorified ferry, playing quoits on the deck whilst waiting to get to your destination and trying to avoid getting sea-sick, but nothing could be further from the truth. Cruises normally stop several times en route and offer a fantastic variety of places to visit, from tropical islands with white sandy beaches to Arctic exploration where you can walk on a glacier or see the northern lights. Whatever you’re ideal holiday destination, taking a cruise can be a great way to enjoy the journey as well as the destination and see the most impressive and interesting sights along the way as well.

One of the major benefits of taking a cruise is that normally everything is included in the price, so you can enjoy the delicious food, quality entertainment and frequent excursions without having to put your hand in your pocket. This is ideal for people who want to be sure that their spending won't spiral out of control as you can budget in advance and not end up missing out on activities that you would like to try, worrying about day to day costs or returning home with unexpected credit card bills.

Another plus to taking a cruise is the incredible number of things to do whilst you're on board, such as organised activities throughout the day which can include things like rock climbing, wine tasting and cookery classes. Other amenities include swimming pools catering to children and adults alike, fully equipped gymnasiums with scheduled exercise classes, spa facilities where you can enjoy a relaxing massage or a range of beauty treatments and some cruise liners even have fully equipped casinos where you can take your chances against the odds with any number of different games. Cruises can be great for parents too as children will find any number of ways to entertain themselves and most cruises have kids' clubs meaning that parents can take some time off and enjoy themselves without having to worry about childcare.

Whether you're a first timer or a seasoned cruiser, one thing that you will still need to think about is travel insurance – whilst you can expect first class service and a fantastic range of amenities, you cannot guarantee that you won't need to claim on your policy so it's always best to make sure you have the coverage you need before you go.