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Cruise ideas for 2018

There aren’t many holidays in life that feel more luxurious than stepping onto a cruise ship, ready to be whisked off for a few days at sea exploring the area. With a wide range of destinations and cruises available, here’s my guide to the best cruises you should book onto for your holiday in 2018.

Cruise Australia

Southern Australia is magnificent in March as you can enjoy the warm climate of Autumn. Temperatures remain around 22 degrees and the sun continues to shine, meaning you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings without the searing heat or blazing sunshine of the summer.

Australia cruises

For your perfect cruise, choose Crystal Cruises Australia for your choice of liner. This award-winning company will take you on a trip of a lifetime on board their luxurious ships, complete with ballrooms, theatres, bars and opulent rooms. Their three-week cruise around Southern Australia starts in Auckland, New Zealand where you can explore this exciting city on the North Island. Aboard your ship, set sail along the western coast down to Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch and finally Dunedin before making your way over to Australia. Cruise across the Tasman Sea before you see Sydney and its iconic skyline appear on the horizon. Believe me, it’s an emotional, unforgettable experience. Spend time exploring this fantastic city before making your way to Melbourne, where you must visit the set of Neighbours! From here it’s along the coast to Perth and Fremantle, your final destination. It’ll be three weeks you’ll never forget.

Cruise Singapore

Singapore is possibly the most suitable place to take a cruise from, with many of the cities buildings taking you back to a time when boarding a liner was the only way to explore far off destinations. March is ideal for a trip here as the monsoon season comes to an end and the temperature is cooler than the humid months that follow.

Cruises from Singapore

Board Crystal Cruises’ 2 week round trip to Singapore which will take you deep into the Indian Ocean. Explore the city before you depart, visiting iconic sites such as Raffles to sample a ‘Singapore Sling’, The Majestic and the Zoological Gardens. Once aboard your ship, set off south and start ticking off all the countries you’re visiting. Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar and even India all in the space of two weeks of sheer unadulterated beauty and excitement before landing back where you started.

Cruise Dubai

One of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. Dubai is the self proclaimed “Pearl of the Gulf” and has positively bloomed over the past couple of decades from a coastal desert city to a world record breaking metropolis. Thanks to its location it also offers an increasing number of fantastic cruise options with a typically high quality approach that Dubai is now famous for.

Dubai cruises

There are plenty of Dubai cruises to choose from. Whether you want to tour the Arabian Gulf for a week or 10 days, visiting Oman, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and beyond. Or if you want to tour more of Asia, maybe on to India, Sri Lanka and south East Asian island nations like Singapore. You’ll find lots of competitively priced options here. Personally I’d pick a cruise around the Arabian Gulf as its an area of the world that is widely misunderstood and has a very rich and colourful history worth exploring.

Cruise China

Spring heralds the best time of year to visit China, with temperatures at a steady and comfortable level. With the weather great across the country, there’s no better time to take a cruise along the Chinese coast. Passing through the South China, East China and Yellow Sea, take a cruise from Hong Kong to Beijing.

Here you’ll start and end in one of China’s most iconic destinations and will take in Shanghai on your way north. I found it simply remarkable just how many legendary sites this stretch of coastline holds. Being a culture lover, I was in awe of see Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, Huangpu River and The Peninsula all in the space of a fortnight. Simply spectacular.

Cruise the Caribbean

The Caribbean almost feels as if it was made for cruising around. With a cluster of tropical islands in such a relatively small space, cruising is the ideal way to explore this lush region of the world. March is definitely the best time of year to do so as well, with weather at its sunniest, warmest and driest. It’s a popular time of year for tourists wanting to escape the winter.

Bahamas cruises

Take a 14 day Caribbean cruise that will see you start and finish in Florida. Take time to explore Fort Lauderdale and Key West which are both beautiful coastal cities. Your first stop in the Caribbean is the Bahamas, where life really does feel like it’s begun to slow down. After a day exploring, you feel immediately relaxed and in Jamaica, the clock might as well just stop! Your cruise will take you onto the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and the most remarkable thing is that you’ll only have scratched the surface as to what the Caribbean has to offer.

Easter Travel – 10 things you need to know when booking a family holiday

The Easter holidays are an exciting time and a time in which you might want to spend taking a well-earned family holiday. Whether you choose to holiday within the UK or abroad, there are plenty of choices for Easter travel.

Taking inspiration from the religious celebrations, here are the ten commandments of Easter travel that you should follow:

  • Remember the Easter holidays are a very popular time for family travel, so book your holiday as early as possible. There are some great deals to be had by booking early and once your holiday is booked, you can put some thought into other preparations. There are plenty of Club Med holidays for various locations throughout the world, so take a look early to see if you can bag a family holiday bargain.
  • It can be easy to forget the actual travel to the airport or train station when booking a holiday and if you have to travel a great distance then this could be your downfall. Consider travelling to stay in a nearby hotel the day before if the flight is early in the morning to save you time and stress.
  • Factor the cost of travelling to the airport here and your destination abroad, into your holiday budget. That way, you can ensure that you have enough money with you to pay for taxis, buses or trains.
  • Always leave yourself plenty of time when travelling to the airport. Getting there early will put you in the best position to clear all the necessary checks and it’s always better to be 20 minutes early and have to entertain yourself in the lobby, than be five minutes late and miss your flight!
  • When you travel from the airport to your hotel at your holiday location, time the journey to ensure you have plenty of time for travel on the way back.
  • Traffic can be particularly busy on the lead up to the Easter holidays, so keep an eye on travel websites to check levels of traffic or delays on the rails where applicable.
  • Try and book your holiday when fewer people will be travelling throughout Easter. Try your best to book travelling a few days into the holiday to prevent being caught up in the hectic shared travel timetable.
  • When moving around a busy airport/train station/bus station with your family, keep a close eye on your children as it is easy for them to get lost in a crowd. This can be a terrifying experience for both a child and their parents and is something you definitely want to avoid.
  • If you are travelling by car to your holiday in the UK, make sure your vehicle is in good working order. A breakdown is not a good way to start or end the holidays.
  • Most importantly, bring along items to keep your children amused on the journey to your location. Bored children can make a journey seem even longer, so it is important to keep them entertained.

Wherever you plan to go at Easter, have a fantastic family holiday!

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