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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Always Wanted to See the World? Why a Last Minute Cruise Could Be for You

Do you love travel, but always have trouble deciding on a destination? Maybe you know of cruises but have never considered them because you think they’re too expensive, or they’re for the elderly, or you’ll get bored at sea. Well, think again.

Luxury cruises may sound like they’re only for the elite, but with such a competitive market it’s possible to find some great last minute cruise deals. Companies such as Celebrity Cruises, P&O Cruises and NCL Cruises have now introduced luxury elements, as they constantly look to outdo each other for quality of service and value. So with that in mind, here are a few reasons why a luxury cruise could be for you.

Love hotels, but hate moving from one to the next?

There’s nothing like the feeling of checking into a five-star hotel, but if you have to quickly move on to another destination, the hassle of changing hotels is never fun. On a luxury cruise, not only do you experience all the benefits of a top hotel, but it comes with you when you move onto the next destination. And because luxury cruise liners are usually smaller and more exclusive than their larger cruise ship counterparts, many are now offering overnight stays in harbours like Copenhagen, so you can experience the cities by day and by night.

Love spectacular views, and always craving more?

There’s more than just sea to see on a cruise. What use is a mode of transport that doesn’t allow you access to the outdoors and a deckchair to recline in when you’re moving from place to place? On a luxury cruise, you get to experience stunning coastlines and beautiful views from the comfort of your balcony — and there’s no time to get bored before your next destination.

Love meeting new people, and making new friends?

Unlike regular hotels and travel, your last minute cruise trip will offer unparalleled opportunities to make new connections. The smaller, more exclusive cruise lines, like Silversea, Seabourn, Crystal and Regent Seven Seas, are the perfect place to meet new people, as unlike larger cruises, you’ll be seeing your fellow cruisers regularly. Luxury cruises are now exceptional for offering more entertainment than ever, and from evening entertainment to above-deck yoga classes, there will be plenty of opportunities to make new friendships and share experiences.

Love value, and hate unexpected expenses?

With luxury cruises, everything and more is included — and when they say “all-inclusive”, they mean it. Score a last minute cruise deal, and you’ll be laughing all the way to the bank. On the majority of luxury cruise lines, gratuities are built into the cost already, although you can tip a little more if someone has really gone above and beyond. Your mini-bar will be stocked with wine and soft drinks, and it’s only if you want the really fine champagne that you’ll find yourself paying more. If you love fine dining and can’t stand the thought of disappointing food ruining your holiday, then there’s no need to worry: you’ll experience fine dining every night. If you have a special request, inform the chef in advance and they will be happy to cater to it.

Love travelling to multiple destinations, hate planning?

What if you could get on a cruise from the UK and experience the highlights of multiple destinations (the ballet in St Petersburg, the Misty Fjords of Norway, the charm of bicycling around Copenhagen) without planning, scheduling, and moving from place to place? With a luxury cruise, there’s no need to make those tough calls on where to visit and what to do. Instead of schlepping from train to bus to plane, you can be pampered the whole way and finish your trip refreshed and ready to settle back into your regular life.

If you’re still not convinced, take a minute to go online and search for last minute cruises. The pictures, the prices and the luxury will have you booking your next holiday faster than you can say “suite with a sea view”. Before you know it, you’ll be waking up to the sound of the ocean and a brand new adventure on the horizon.

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