Well it’s official – summer has finally drawn to a close in recent days, bringing an end to its unseasonal heat waves, golden sunshine, arching blue skies and long light-filled evenings; the season of British beach holidays, music festivals and wasp-plagued picnics smeared in sun lotion.
Now autumn is upon us, and it is time to start turning your attention to other shores, and the many magical opportunities they provide for enjoyment and relaxation. And you know the perfect way to visit these other shores? By ship, of course!
Whether you are a first-time cruise passenger or an aficionado of P&O, Fred Olsen and the like, you are sure to benefit from an unforgettable cruise holiday over the coming months – and, fortunately, here at Canterbury Cruise Centre we have a wealth to choose from.
Choosing the right cruise
When the wind starts to take on an arctic bite, it’s only natural to start to hanker for hotter climes. For this autumn, why not consider embarking on a vessel bound for the sun-drenched Canary Islands? There is so much to see and do on these picture-perfect islands, whether you want to laze on the beach, explore the countryside or take in some exotic local attractions and flavourful cuisine.
Royal Caribbean UK is offering a 14-night cruise to the Canaries onboard Independence of the Seas this October, and Cunard also promises a range of Canary Island itineraries onboard the Queen Elizabeth or the Queen Victoria this November and December.
Alternatively, if you fancy sampling some rum and relaxation on a milk-white beach, you could take advantage of some of P&O’s cruises to the Caribbean, such as the family-friendly Caribbean Transatlantic cruise on Azura departing in October 2018 and a round-trip cruise on the Oriana from 11 November – 9 December. P&O also offers 7-14night fly-cruises onboard Britannia and the Azura from October through to March, if you would prefer not to opt for a transatlantic voyage.
Tis the season…
Of course, we all know that once autumn begins, Christmas will be swiftly on its tail and we all suddenly find ourselves exhausted and stressed from budgeting, present-shopping and planning our Christmas Day menus.
If you want to take a well-deserved break from all that holiday admin, why not sail away to a far-flung destination, such as New York – the perfect place to pick up some fabulous seasonal goodies – or even the exotic Far East.
Cunard is offering Transatlantic cruises to and from New York in October, November and December onboard the Queen Mary 2, with a 3-night pre or post-cruise stay in a New York hotel.
Kicking off 2019
Looking ahead to the New Year, there are a range of tempting cruises on offer in January 2019, among them a 14-night Grand Asia extravaganza with Princess Cruises, which departs from Shanghai, as well as P&O’s steamy Aurora’s Amazon, Caribbean and Central America Adventure, which lasts 55 nights (departing from Southampton).
For something a little shorter, why not opt for P&O’s tour of The Netherlands, Belgium and France, onboard Oceana, spanning 7 nights and stopping off in Rotterdam and Bruges, among other notable historic cities.
Some exciting new cruise ships are going to be unveiled in 2019, giving us keen cruise-goers something else to look forward to.
Among them, you will find Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas, which can comfortably accommodate 4,246 passengers, as well as Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Jupiter, which can carry 930 onboard.
Well that’s all for now folks – but don’t forget: for plenty more cruise news and top tips on unmissable cruises, stay tuned to our blog here at Canterbury Cruise Centre – or, better yet, why not get in touch to find out more about the many cruises we offer and the various must-have promotions we can provide on a wide range of cruise holidays!