Simone Clark of IgluCruise.com has over 18 years experience in the travel industry.
Who better, then, to give her top tips for cruising the Med this year?
Cruising is superb value for money, with so much included in the price. More and more people are enjoying cruising as you don’t have the hassle of flying to the airport.
As we come to the end of the Caribbean season, soon the ships will be moving over the Med for the Spring so there’ll also be more cruise ships in the Mediterraean and some amazing deals at the moment.
Simone’s favourite Mediterranean Ports
My personal favourite Mediterranean port of call is Istanbul – it is a wonderful city to visit.There’s so much to see including the beautiful Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the spice market as well as the modern shopping area. Sailing out of Istanbul as the sun sets is simply stunning.
I also love Civitavecchia, as it’s so easy to hop on a train to Rome and spend a few hours wandering round this historic city.
New for 2011
This year P&O Cruises will offer fly cruise again with the launch of Adonia, which marks a return to a smaller ship.
Celebrity Cruises will launch their 4th Solstice class ship: Celebrity Silhouette.
Azamara Club Cruises will have a ship in Monaco for the Grand Prix for the first time too.
THERE’S OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE NOWADAYS – IT’S JUST IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE ON A CRUISE LINE THAT SUITS YOU AND VISITING PLACES THAT YOU’RE INTERESTED IN EXPLORING. MY ADVICE FOR WOULD-BE-CRUISERS IS TO THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU WANT TO VISIT AND WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR HOLIDAY, THEN BOOK WITH A SPECIALIST AGENCY WHO WILL ASK YOU THE RIGHT QUESTIONS IN ORDER TO FIND A CRUISE THAT SUITS YOU.
- Do you want to fly or sail from Southampton?
- Which ports do you want to see?
- How many sea days are on the cruise?
- Do you prefer formal or a more relaxed atmosphere on board?
- American or British style service?
- Do you want lots to do on board the ship or are you happier relaxing in a quiet bar
- Small or large ship atmosphere?
Try the speciality restaurants
A final bit of advice – always try the speciality restaurants on board the ships, you won’t be disappointed.
The cuisine is a superb standard and such good value for money (usually between £10-£25 supplement). It always feels like a really special night out.
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