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Last Minute Cruises

Last Minute Cruise Holidays

Last minute cruises are becoming ever more popular as people realise they can stay within their budget and still have a fantastic holiday abroad. By booking online, you can get tremendous last minute deals with cruise lines like P&O, Princess and Royal Caribbean International, to destinations around the world. Whether you want to sail for a few days or a few weeks, we at The Co-operative Travel have last minute cruises to suit your budget.

Low cost cruising - a brief history

The idea of a cheap last minute cruise deal to the Canary Islands or the Bahamas was unthinkable a few years ago - but times have changed. Today, cruises are accessible to all.

Back in the 1960s, when a lot of cruise companies were established, cruising was a niche market. Many of the vessels were originally ocean liners, refitted after modern passenger jets put an end to old-fashioned ocean crossings. Cruise holidays then were accessible only to a privileged few.

As time went on, cruises became more popular. New cruise lines were founded, new purpose-built cruise vessels launched and so on. The result was a bewildering number of cruise holidays - at low cost. Today, people seek out last minute cruises to the Mediterranean the way they used to seek out cheap package deals to Spain in the 1960s and 1970s.

Last Minute Cruise Special Offers

Late bookings can be as a bit of a gamble, but not so with last minute cruise deals. When you book, you know exactly what ship you'll be on, and what your standard of accommodation will be. Cruise companies vary in terms of décor, level of formality and activities on offer, but one thing they all have in common is extremely high levels of quality and service.

Royal Caribbean International are renowned for their family cruises, and most of the cruise lines offering last minute cruise deals are family-friendly, with on-board kids clubs, organised activities and family entertainment. Most have separate clubs and activity areas for teens. Of course, there are adult-only cruises too.

Last minute cruises to the Caribbean

A large number of European and Mediterranean cruises are no-fly cruises, but those located further afield tend to be fly-cruise deals, meaning you fly one or both ways to your cruise destination.

Last minute cruises of this kind mean you can visit the Caribbean, Egypt or Africa without having to spend weeks getting there. Closer to home, a mini-cruise is the perfect introduction to a big superliner like Independence of the Seas or the Queen Mary 2.

We at The Co-operative Travel have last minute cruises on the world's top cruise ships.