Luxury cruises to exotic locations were once out of bounds to all but the richest of people. However, times have changed, and today there are cruise lines that specialise in mini cruise deals and cheap cruise deals in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, the USA and beyond. We at The Co-operative Travel have access to some of the best cruise special offers on the Internet.
Although a few companies still offer luxury cruises from the Golden Age of steam, it’s generally the big resort liners where the best deals are found. Lines like Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean and P&O run hundreds of cruises each year, and the need to fill ships to capacity means there are always some great late availability deals to be had.
Why are there so many cheap cruise deals?
Whenever something is popular, the prices come down – and cruising is becoming more popular all the time. Some modern cruise liners are amazing resorts at sea, meaning you get an awful lot for your money; some ships even have climbing walls and water parks. Yet if you prefer things more intimate, there are some fantastic special offers to be had on the smaller vessels too – anything from romantic steam packets on the Nile to mini cruises to see the Northern Lights.
Cruising is the fastest growing sector of the British holiday industry, with over 1.25 million UK tourists booking cruises each year. Larger fleets, newer and larger ships and new destinations and resorts have made them highly competitive, and cruise companies are tripping over each other with late availability offers to fill cabins. Sometimes the savings aren’t always obvious - look for special offers like cabin upgrades, free kids clubs and group discounts, as well as low prices.
Luxury long haul and mini cruises from the UK
Sailing from British shores is particularly good value – and without flights to worry about, hassle-free. It’s also the way to bag the best bargains. You can’t always take advantage of last minute offers if you have to fly out to the ship – especially if flights aren’t included. If the cruise is setting off from Southampton however, there’s no such problem.
Today, there are more cruises from UK ports than ever before, from mini cruises to long haul ones with lines like P&O, NCL and Royal Caribbean offering late availability bookings on Scandinavian, Mediterranean, Baltic and Canary Island cruises, as well as transatlantic crossings to North America and Canada. A world cruise was once a dream for many people – now, it can be reality.
Cruise holidays are exceptional value for money – and the cruise special offers we have at The Co-operative Travel make cruises affordable for everybody.