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Why a Cruise Provides Best Value for Money

Every summer, the holiday options are posed to people: whether to fly, sail or drive; whether to stay at home or go abroad; Europe or further afield.

But one question is clear and that is which option provides best value and the most bang for your buck.

Can a cruise be regarded as better value than flying or other methods of travel? Below are five reasons why, pound for pound, cruising really is your best option.

1. Plenty of Time to Stand and Stare

Elephant River

In awe of the mesmerising sights you will be able to see on a cruise trip. Whether it be a river-based journey, an exploration across the seas and oceans or an expedition to the North Pole, you are guaranteed a unique viewpoint with every cruise. Fred.\ Cruises cover every corner of the globe and with so much out there to see and witness; you are spoilt for choice.

Antarctica

If you wish to pursue the expeditions of Ernest Shackleton and Walter William Herbet and experience sites only previously accessible to documentary makers and researchers; then a polar cruise is the experience for you. With cruises to Arctic and Antarctic regions and sights including penguins in their natural habitat and the huge ice sheets; each polar expedition promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Budapest Night

Or perhaps a river cruise is more suited for you. Fred.\ River Cruises offer a wide range of river cruises through major cities and rivers from the Amazon to the Seine. There's a variety of different sailing experiences from many respected providers including Royal Crown, Dertour River Cruises and AmaWaterways. All provide a superb level of comfort allowing you to...

2. Just Relax

Spa

With luxurious lounges; you can put your feet up and relax with a drink whilst watching the world go by at your comfort. Many cruise boats offer a variety of services and facilities to help you relax including spas, salons, saunas, steam rooms and massage rooms.

Or if you want some privacy, you can escape to your spacious and comfortable cabin hideaway where you can kick back and take it easy. Many rooms are en-suite and offer comfortable beds, televisions with DVD players, balcony views and a mini bar. Perfect for unwinding.

3. Eat, Drink and be Merry

Discovery Dining

A cruise booked through Fred.\ will deliver all of your dining needs, whether a romantic evening meal for two, a family get together or a glass of wine in the lounge; you are sure to be more than satisfied morning, noon and night.

There are a variety of themed restaurants catering to all tastes and flavours in addition to more casual options, such as buffets and cafe's, and many cruises also offer 24 hour room service.

If you fancy a quiet evening drink, you are spoilt for choice with a variety of champagne and cocktail bars on board.

4. Let Us Entertain You!

Entertainment

Theatres, cinemas, sports events, casinos, gyms, swimming pools, night clubs, sun decks, libraries to name just a handful of the entertainment services and facilities you can expect on board a cruise. There is something for all the family whether it be watching the latest film release, enjoying fantastic cabaret, trying your luck at the roulette or unwinding with a good novel.

But for those who want a truly unique entertainment experience, why not try a murder mystery cruise? The Poison, Murder and Mystery Cruise gives you the opportunity to dress up and immerse yourself in a whodunit theme lasting the duration of the cruise and is sure to keep you on your toes.

5. Home away from Home... Away from Home...

Sea

The unique feature of a cruise is that the majority takes place in the pure isolation of the waters, oceans and rivers. The feeling that you have escaped home and the land, along with any troubles, and reached the tranquil waters that will effortlessly carry you from one location to the next.

There is no hassle of driving. There is no hassle of flying. Just floating in peace and soaking up the sun, being able to enjoy your holiday from the moment you step on board the cruise ship.

But the question remains: can a cruise be regarded as better value than a land-based alternative?

A seven night stay in a hotel in Spain including flights will cost between £600 - £1400 whilst a 7 night cruise around The British Isles, France and Spain costs as little as £769*.

Additionally, if you sail from the UK there is no prior travel required and the holiday starts the minute you set foot on board the boat; with friendly and helpful staff available to assist with any queries. And with certain cruise lines including anything from meals to gratuities and shore excursions in the price, it's obvious which choice offers the most for your money.

Fred.\ Cruises offer a variety of cruises to cater for every need, desire and request. If you are interested, don't hesitate to call Fred.\ for free on the number at the top of the page for more information.

*Price of an inside cabin - as seen on 06/10/14