Get Inspired / Asia / Europe Inspire Magazine - More than Meets the Eye Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Asia / Europe Inspire Magazine - More than Meets the Eye story by: Inspire Magazine A cruise is one of those experiences you have at the back of your mind that you’d love to do one day which evokes images of relaxation, indulgence, romance and luxury. Yet there’s so much more to life on the high seas, than sipping on cocktails and lounging on sun decks. Cruise holidays attract a diverse passenger base and contrary to popular belief, it’s not only for retirees. The good news is you don’t have to wait until your golden years to fully enjoy the experiences available at sea with a range of cruise styles to suit everyone. Couples, both young and old, can indulge in a romantic getaway aboard a luxury cruise offering five-star dining, sumptuous suites with private veranda and an impressive menu of spa and massage treatments. For families seeking a well deserved holiday, there’s a choice of family-friendly cruise lines equipped with facilities and activities to entertain the tots right through to grandparents. Adventure-seekers can get their travel fix on an expedition-style voyage, with journeys to remote and exotic destinations, and in many instances travelling to places inaccessible by land. River cruising is also fast becoming a very popular option for many travellers as they allow you to explore the cities, towns and villages along the great rivers of the world, providing a fascinating glimpse into a country’s history and culture. From resort-style ships with rock climbing walls, outdoor movie theatres and multiple swimming pools, to intimate luxury ships catered to smaller groups, you are spoilt for choice in your options, not just in the style of cruise, but also the destinations around the globe where you can board a vessel to explore the region from the water. Small ship experiences are typically very destination focused, allowing you to visit places where the big ships simply cannot go. Conversely, the largest ships in the world, which can accommodate up to as many as 5,400 holiday seekers, travel to well-known destinations and provide an amazing array of unique onboard activities, giving you the opportunity to meet people from different parts of the world. There’s also a variety of vessels in-between, from minimalist sailing ships, premium and luxurious six-star cruises, to ice strengthened expedition ships which travel throughout the world. Like ship size, onboard accommodations also come in a range of shapes and sizes, from the standard inside and ocean-view staterooms to the more expansive suites, duplexes and lofts. Balconies can also vary from small intimate decks to large wraparound styles with outdoor dining table and hot tub. And, depending on the cruise line, familystyle accommodation as well as solo travellers are also well catered for. However, keep in mind the size and location of your stateroom will be a determining factor in your cruise fare. Speaking of fares, a cruise holiday offers great value for every dollar. Fares include travel to amazing destinations, your accommodation and main meals while cruising. Many ships also offer a wide range of entertainment and activities including sports, live music, production shows, movie screenings and supervised children’s programmes. Compare your fare to that of a similar land-based holiday and you’ll be amazed at the great value of cruising! Plus, you’ll also have the added convenience of only having to unpack once as you sit back and relax while you’re travelling from port to port. Today’s cruise ships are designed to keep everyone happy with a multitude of different ways to relax, have fun, pamper yourself or even improve your fitness in well-equipped gyms while onboard. You may choose to go to an educational lecture, a wine tasting, a computer class or dance workshop; paint pottery, play bridge, learn a language or do yoga; dine at a casual buffet, a sushi bar, a fine-dining restaurant or a steakhouse; watch a movie, a comedy routine, a live performance or a Broadway-style show. The options are endless. And, if all you want to do is nothing at all whilst the ship sails from port to port, you have that option too. Whether you’re new to cruise holidays or a seasoned traveller; young or in your wiser years; single, a couple or family; or wild adventurer at heart, there’s an amazing range of cruise options on offer. Feeling inspired? Get in touch with your local HOT holiday specialist to find out more. 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