Top Holiday Cruise & Stay

As we Brits get more adventurous and experimental with our annual holidays, there is higher demand for what may have once been considered extravagant getaways. Cruise and stay holidays and multi centre holidays are an incredible and surprisingly inexpensive way of seeing a couple of destinations, and in many cases several completely contrasting places, in one unique trip.

Florida is one of our most favored holiday spots, predominantly Orlando holidays not least because of its reputation as the theme park capital of the world.

As a long-haul destination from the UK, Florida often necessitates one or more weeks’ stay and many repeat visitors now wish to try something different on their next visit. For example a week in Orlando combined with a week’s cruise or a week’s stay absorbing Florida’s relaxed beach side culture along the Gulf or Gold Coasts.

Cruise and stays that combine Florida and the Caribbean are becoming increasingly well-liked. They are a perfect option particularly for first-time cruisers who want to sample life at sea, yet enjoy the comforts of their hotel or villa in Orlando or one of the State’s beautiful coastal resorts. Holidays in 2012 can be easily intermixed with a 3-, 4- or 7-night cruise amid the sparkling waters and laid-back vibes of the Caribbean. A variety of ships with top cruise lines including Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Line depart almost daily from Port Canaveral or Fort Lauderdale, heading for the exotics of the majority of Caribbean Islands, the Bahamas and even parts of Central America.

Generally the itineraries for each ship vary between Eastern and Western Caribbean but don’t differ greatly in price so it’s down to personal taste and preference. Your cruise travel specialist will be able to offer advice on popular islands and things to do on the various ships as all are of them are quite different, varying dramatically in size and facilities.

All this moving around from airport to hotel or villa to port and cruise ship may seem like a hassle but if you book a great-value cruise and stay holiday with a reputable independent tour operator you’ll benefit from transfers, well-chosen flight times and of course security for your whole holiday package.