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Why you should be setting sail on an ocean cruise this year

Cruise holidays are booming, and it’s not difficult to see why.

No stressful airport check-ins, no lugging your bags from A to B, no traffic jams. Instead, smooth sailing along picturesque coastlines, day trips to a multitude of charming destinations, an insight into new cultures, and sumptuous on-board dining and entertainment.

Relax on the deck as you glide across seas to Europe’s medieval cities or North America’s leafy coastline, seeing it ablaze with colour during the fall months. With all the logistics and navigation taken care of you’re free to relish the best bits of any holiday, choosing to be as active or relaxed as you wish, and enjoying the on-board comforts as you sail.

Magellan

Magellan

Inspire yourself by browsing Newmarket Holidays’ expansive collection of cruising itineraries, encompassing journeys to Europe, round the world odysseys, festive weekend breaks and mini taster cruises closer to home. And with an astonishing-value cruise sale now on, and savings of up 50%, this is the perfect time to book.

Perhaps a voyage to the northernmost towns of Europe to explore the string of remote coastal towns that dot Norway’s coastline. Head off in search of the Aurora Borealis as it dances above the snowy peaks and the icy waters of the fjords. Meanwhile, on board, learn about the history of Norway at the informative lectures and tuck into first-class cuisine.

Norway

Norway

Alternatively, sun seekers might opt to sail south through the Atlantic in search of warmer climes. Cross the Bay of Biscay and skirt the western coasts of Spain and Portugal, stopping along the way for chances to marvel at Bilbao’s futuristic Guggenheim museum, at the historic pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela and to ride the vintage trams in hilly Lisbon.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

Newmarket Holidays’ cruises take place aboard a quartet of British-operated vessels, each sailing directly from a number of UK ports, such as Tilbury, Bristol and Liverpool. Relatively small in size, these vessels not only offer a more personal cruising experience, but also allow you to navigate harder-to-reach nooks and crannies inaccessible to larger vessels. At each port of call you’ll have the choice to join a selection of included and optional excursions, which might include guided tours, activities or lunches. You’ll also have a Newmarket Cruise Manager on board to help with all travel arrangements and logistics throughout your trip.

To find out more about Newmarket Holidays’ ocean cruise sale or to make an enquiry, call 0330 160 7972 or visit newmarketholidays.co.uk.

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tynes1der
13th Jan 2017
0
Thanks for voting!
Far from being stress free, just getting to the port involves inevitable traffic jams, or you have to lug your luggage to a coach. Alternatively we have to lug the luggage to our airport to join stressful queues to fly to Southampton. Once on the ship and between long sea days, you find that the expensive excursions give you only an ephemeral view of the country you are flitting through.
Fly cruise suits us better as you get straight on with cruising rather than two days at sea from U.K. Before you get anywhere.
We have tried several cruises and despite enjoying American based ships most, have decided that "stay and explore" or touring holidays give us a far better insight to the country or region visited. On top of that there are none of the stuffy formal evenings you get, especially on British based ships..
Our view only, cruising is not for all.
Victor26
13th Jan 2017
1
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Would be so nice to find a cruise company that does not charge a single supplement. I lost my husband 16months ago. Now I get charged an excessive amount for hotel rooms, holidays etc, when is it going to stop. I´d love to go on a cruise but because of these greedy cruise companies it puts it out of my reach. Its about time they opened their eyes because there are many single people out there and you would think they would have the sense to tap in to this. Someone should set up a cruise travel company that caters for the solo traveller with no single supplement involved.
Nannajan1
5th Feb 2017
0
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quite agree i have the same problem,my hubby is in no way to travel due to ill health.and pay the extortionate prices for travelling alone,it is time the travel industry took heed.
davidken
21st Apr 2017
0
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I quite agree. Companies that cater for solo passengers are quite thin on the ground. I get fed up receiving brochures full of prices marked "pp"!

However they do exist. One excellent (and award-winning) little company is Passion For Cruises, based in Wales. They have a section of their website and a mailing list featuring No Single Supplement offers.

Have a look!

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