Delayed flights. Luggage allowances. Shuttle buses. Jostling for a seat. Getting through customs. The airport can be one of the most stressful parts of a holiday, meaning that you return home frazzled rather than relaxed. With a no fly cruise you can completely avoid the airport, being ferried to and from the sun in style and comfort. If the idea of a no fly cruise appeals, then check out our list of the best options currently available. These range from a short weekend cruise to a Caribbean voyage! Whether you’re into sunbathing, culture or activities, there’s a cruise to suit everyone.
Perhaps you only fancy a short trip to recharge your batteries? No problem! Many companies offer mini no fly cruises of only one or two nights. Popular destinations for these trips include Ireland, Scotland, Northern France and the Netherlands.
P&O, for example, offer a range of luxury two night cruises to Bruges. Known as the Venice of the north, this city of winding canals and sleepy cobbled streets will enchant you. Bruges is famous for its Belgian chocolate, so it can be a great destination for the winter; enjoy cosy strolls and Christmas markets while sipping a hot chocolate to keep your nose warm! The same company also offers two night trips to Guernsey, where you’ll be based in pretty St. Peter’s Port. There’s plenty to see, including a military museum and a plethora of shops and restaurants where you can enjoy local seafood. P&O’s short cruises sail from Southampton.
For a little bit of luxury, why not try a Cunard cruise? This line is famous for its prestigious vessels – including the Queen Elizabeth, which offers Downton Abbey-style glamour! This line offers everything from short jaunts over to Hamburg to a full-on world tour.
Most popular, however, are the two week Mediterranean cruises which take in the sun-soaked cities of Lisbon and Cadiz, amongst many other idyllic destinations. Luxury bars and restaurants abound on board ship, so you don’t have to go far to enjoy fine dining. This is a cruise for a special occasion – perhaps a birthday or anniversary. Expect to be spoilt!
For something a little different, why not consider a no fly cruise of the Norwegian Fjords? Princess Cruises offer a 14 night trip of this region, taking in the idyllic town of Flam and a mountain railway trip to Myrdal, as well as non-stop stunning scenery to admire from the deck – expect fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. Enjoy films under the stars on board the deck of the ship – if you’re lucky you might even see the Northern Lights!
Regardless of where you set sail for this summer, make sure you remember your cruise travel insurance.