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With so many cruise companies, itineraries, ships and sailings, booking a cruise can be somewhat daunting unless you are a seasoned professional!  Fortunately that's exactly what we are and our Travel Team will be happy to guide you through the options to find the cruise that is just perfect for you.

We are constantly introducing offers and deals on a number of cruise lines, check in with the Travel Team for the latest drinks packages, added value offers and more!

We've put together our short recommendations on the various cruise lines below to help you narrow down your choices!  We know there are other options such as MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and others and our team will be happy to assist you with their itineraries, but the lines below are our personal favourites.  The opinions are our own!

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Often considered the epitome of British Cruising, Cunard is the only company to still operate a true Liner, the Queen Mary 2.  If you haven't yet done a Transatlantic then pop it onto your bucket list.  There is something about arriving by ship into New York that will remain with you forever. 


The ships are elegant with lots of dark woods, rich fabrics and elegant furnishings.  Cunard operates many sailings from Southampton.  With varied itineraries and a number of World Cruise itineraries, we feel that Cunard offers a very comfortable cruise experience for those guests who truly appreciate the old style of cruising!

TIP:  Contact us for great fly-cruise offers Transatlantic, especially in the Spring and Autumn!

P & O Cruises is another firm British Cruising favourite.  With many departures from Southampton and a more relaxed, less formal style of cruising.  We've travelled on all of the P & O ships and have yet to be disappointed. 

We have always found P & O to be a good, all-round cruise experience with a good mixes of ages on board.  Longer cruises outside of school holidays tend to have an older demographic It's important to note that both Arcadia and Oriana are adult's only ships meaning that P & O have a cruise product for all markets.  The larger ships, Ventura & Britannia are much larger whereas Oriana and Aurora are much smaller. 

TIP:  Keep an eye open for the stunning new ship, IONA!

Celebrity Cruises has become a firm favourite of ours and our guests.  Originally viewed as a premium American Cruise Line, we have always found their ships to be beautiful, creative, elegant and often design-led.

With a number of departures from Southampton, Celebrity has been making waves this year with the arrival of Celebrity Edge, soon to be followed by Celebrity Apex.  We like Celebrity for taking the cruise experience to another level without the tackiness found on some other ships. 

The Cruise experience is outstanding, on-board facilities on-point and accommodations spot-on.

TIP:  Dont miss Edge and Apex - WOW!

We've always been firm fans of Fred Olsen Cruises.  Granted, their ships are not the newest, largest, or glitziest but for us therein lies the attraction.

With generally an older demographic, we appreciate the fact that they depart from a host of UK ports, a huge advantage for customers living north of London!

The ships are generally smaller.  Itineraries are interesting and creative, often taking passengers off the beaten track and into the smaller ports and routings that the larger vessels simply cannot access.

TIP:  Look out for their sailings around Scotland!  Stunning!

Another favourite of ours.  CMV also operate older but interesting ships on a range of creative itineraries.  Once again, they departure from a number of UK regional ports making them very accessible for guests from throughout the country.

The emphasis is very much on providing attentive service within a friendly ‘home from home’ atmosphere. They are also great for solo travellers, For singles travelling on cruises of 6 nights or more, offering a special programme of events including a welcome cocktail party and get togethers with the opportunity to meet like-minded travellers.

TIP:  The elegant Vasco da Gama has recently joined the fleet in 2019!

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