An introduction to Cruise holidays.

This February, the opportunity arose to holiday onboard P&O’s Oriana cruise ship. Sailing from Southampton, over the course of 10 days the cruise took in destinations in Spain, Portugal and also Gibraltar.

I have been on one cruise before around 6 years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience after being initially apprehensive of taking a cruise holiday. Since then, I’ve been championing them to friends and family and looked forward to planning more cruise holidays myself.

Oriana boatThe main selling point of a cruise to me is the fact you visit multiple destinations in one trip. This provides a taster of many different locations in one go, enabling you to see places you wouldn’t necessarily want to visit for a long weekend or a full week away, but in one taster day which may lead to a future holiday there, or making you thankful you didn’t plan on visiting there for any length of time.

If you have never been on a cruise before there are probably many things you’ve wondered about before taking the plunge and booking. I know very well how people don’t like change when it comes to their annual trip abroad and it can take some convincing to try something a little bit different.

I have travelled a lot and backpacked across South East Asia visiting many places over one particularly long trip. The almost daily upheaval of travelling, exploring and moving accommodation really takes it out of you. With a cruise, all the stress is taken out of your travels, you unpack once and everything else is laid on for you to enjoy simply being on holiday and exploring new countries, towns and cities.

Sunbathing on deckTaking a cruise from Southampton is a great way for people who don’t fly well to travel great distances and go on exotic, exciting holidays. I spoke to many people onboard who cite this as a major factor when they chose this particular cruise.

My travel companion Dan has never been on a cruise before so it was good to listen to what he thought about cruising and what questions he had before we went. I’ll be answering most of these questions from what to expect before your trip, on the day you meet the ship, onboard the ship and disembarking, over a series of blog posts. I’m also going to give you a full insight in to cruise holidays in general, the full rundown of P&O’s Oriana ship we’ve just returned back from, and also posts on all the ports we visited on our journey.

Stay tuned to www.MancView.comAsa and Dan


Author: Asa Elliott

Singer. Mancunian. Been on TV a bit

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