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Never cruised before? Then you're really missing out!


If you have never cruised before, then you are really missing out on a wonderful experience and we’re not just saying that! There are some things about going on a cruise holiday that you will not experience on a land based break; visiting some of the most beautiful places and only having to unpack once – now you don’t get that on every holiday!

Travelling really is one of life’s great pleasures, and booking a cruise is the perfect way to discover and explore a multitude of incredible destinations.



These are just a few of the things that we think make a cruise the perfect choice:

The Incredible Sunsets
You will get to see some of the most amazing sunsets at sea. Sunsets that you just don’t get on land. Imagine – you’re out at sea aboard a cruise ship, the sun is just starting to set and the only thing on the horizon is a boat in the distance… you probably don’t get to see that at home.

Food
The food onboard many cruises are superb and many dining venues at sea rival some of the best restaurants on land. You can eat around the clock (quite literally) and the majority is included in the cost of your cruise! Some cruise lines also offer all-inclusive options, so you don’t need to worry about taking extra spending money.

Amazing Destinations
Travelling via a cruise allows you to discover several destinations while only having to unpack once! There are so many incredible places you can visit and some of those places are not accessible by land – you have to sail the Seven Seas to reach them! You could go from the remote and relatively untouched landscape of one land to a family cruise in the Mediterranean. The choices are endless!



Are you interested in booking your own luxury cruise? Tune in to Hochanda at 6pm every other Thursday to make sure you get the latest deals from Cruise Club TV! 

You can watch Hochanda live online, Sky channel 663, Freeview 39 (6am - 9pm) or Freesat 817.

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