Cruise ships offer the height of luxury and a hassle-free holiday. Forget worrying about flights, transfers, dining, and all of the usual holiday paraphernalia - with a package cruise holiday, it's all taken care of.
But whom would a cruise suit, and what exactly does one do when sailing on board these massive ships? Of course, it all depends on where you want to travel to and who you choose to holiday with. These days cruise ships are set up to entertain people from many different walks of life, from retirees and business execs to young couples and families, so the clientele has certainly changed from the sherry set of bygone years.
While everyone has their own particular taste and preference, Mediterranean cruises remain one of the most popular cruise getaways. Although each cruise is designed to give a variation on the route, a typical twelve night Mediterranean cruise could offer a day in Gibraltar followed by Cartagena, Barcelona, Mallorca and Seville, Lisbon and Vigo before returning back to Southampton. Or you could take a fly-cruise and set sail from, say, Palma in Majorca, before heading off to explore the Spanish coast, perhaps the south coast of France and maybe even the Greek islands, before returning back to Palma ready for your flight home.
At each port there is the opportunity to leave the ship and explore the town or visit the beach. Or of course, you can stay on board and enjoy the many activities that the ship has to offer. Each ship has several different types of restaurant and a series of bars dotted throughout each of the decks. There are swimming pools and sun loungers, a gym and health spa and then usually a multitude of action and adventure activities such as surf simulators, rock climbing walls and ice skating rinks.
With so much going on within one floating resort, it is easy to see why people return to cruises time and again, and the appeal continues to attract people from all ages and walks of life.