Types of cruise

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A cruise can be almost anything you want it to be, which is why it’s a really great way to holiday. Whether it's sunshine and luxury, or entertainment and activity you’re looking for, there's a ship to suit you!

One main advantage of cruising is the opportunity to visit lots of new destinations on one holiday. You don't need to unpack more than once so it’s plain sailing for a stress-free trip.

Cruises are a firm favourite with holidaymakers but with so much variety it can be daunting choosing the right one for you. Whether you want a family friendly option or an adult only cruise, travelling alone or as a group, you’ll find nowhere more welcoming. Cruises also offer incredible value for money with accommodation, meals, room service, on-board activities and evening entertainment included.

Modern ships are destinations in their own right. From relaxing in the spa and taking in a West End style show, to enjoying delicious cuisine and making new friends – there’s lots to do on board as well as calling at a new port every day

There really is a cruise to suit every taste and budget and at Lincolnshire Co-op, we’ll help you find your perfect break. In every branch we have a dedicated cruise specialist to guide you through the different options.

You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that your holiday is safe with our triple protection guarantee - and you'll earn dividend on every cruise you book.

Tailor-made cruises just for you

If you like the idea of combining a shore-based holiday with days at sea calling in at different ports, then a cruise and stay holiday is a perfect choice.

We can tailor-make your holiday. Transfers, hotels and excursions can all be pre-booked and hotel stays can be as long or short as you’d like, either at the beginning or end of your cruise.

Popular cruise & stay itineraries:

  • Barcelona and Western Mediterranean cruise
  • Florida stay and cruise
  • Venice stay and Mediterranean cruise
  • Canadian Rockies and Alaskan cruise
  • New York city break with a transatlantic cruise from Southampton

The family friendly holiday

Cruises are a great choice for families and offer fantastic value as all meals, accommodation, and entertainment is included.

If keeping your children occupied is your main concern then there’s nothing to worry about!

Many cruise lines have clubs for youngsters from three to 17 years old, while younger children, parent and toddler sessions are also available. Staff are well-qualified, with extensive training to plan a wide range of entertainment for your kids.

Away from the clubs, there are plenty of activities on board to keep them busy ranging from climbing walls to circus schools, mini-golf, dodgems and ice-skating. On some ships your children will be able to meet their favourite characters like Shrek, Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob and Dora.

Family-friendly restaurants and flexible dining times are great when you’ve got kids and many ships have food available 24 hours a day!

As families come in all shapes and sizes, most cruise lines have a selection of staterooms to suit including family suites that can sleep up to eight, interconnecting staterooms and three to four berth staterooms. 

Popular cruise lines for families include Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises.

Take your time. See it all...

An around the world cruise is an adventure of a lifetime – in some ways they are the ultimate cruise!

Discover new countries, experience different cultures, explore unforgettable scenery and unlike other round the world holidays, you’ll only need to unpack once.

A full round the world cruise will take three months but there are shorter options available which vary in length, offering you the chance to have an incredible cruise experience that fits into your busy lifestyle.

If part of your world cruise includes a flight to a city you’d like to visit add a couple of hotel nights onto your holiday to give you more time to explore. 

  • Popular trips include:
  • Singapore to Southampton
  • Southampton to Dubai
  • Cape Town to Southampton

Go your own way

Singles cruises offer a safe way to travel, enabling you to visit a number of exciting destinations safe in the knowledge that there will be no long bus journeys, and you won't be left wandering the streets of a strange city alone.

A cruise ship offers the perfect social environment in which to meet people and make new friends. If you'd like to join in, there are always lots of organised activities happening on board, including cocktail parties and dining.
If you don't want to take part in the organised activities you can always find a quiet corner on board for some personal time.

Many of the more popular cruise lines also offer single room cabins and reduced single supplements so you don't have to pay any extra.

Popular cruise lines for single travellers are Fred Olsen, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Cruise & Maritime Voyages and P&O Cruises.

Don't fly, relax...

With many different cruise lines now sailing from UK waters, it's possible to cruise all over the world without having to fly anywhere.

Whether you wish to take a once in a lifetime world cruise, visit the Baltic Capitals, experience the Norwegian fjords or even chase the sun to the Canary Islands or the Mediterranean, you'll be sure to find a cruise that is right for you without needing to visit an airport!

Unlike holidays where you need to fly, there are no airport check-ins and few luggage restrictions - a perfect choice for those of us who struggle to pack light!

Southampton and Dover are the most popular ports to sail from but you don't always have to travel south to join your cruise. Many cruise lines also use the ports of Liverpool, Harwich, Newcastle, Hull, Greenock and Leith.
You can pre-book car parking in all our branches or, many cruise lines also offer a pre-bookable coach service with convenient local pickups.

The following cruise lines all have sailings leaving from ports around the UK, Fred Olsen, P&O, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Cruise & Maritime and Voyages of Discovery.

Because you deserve it...

Luxury cruise ships are often small to mid-sized ships - their size helps create a more intimate atmosphere and allows guests to enjoy a much more personalised service.

The ratio of crew and staff to guests is generally higher than on other cruise ships and staff are specially selected to ensure your expectations are not just met but exceeded.

Despite their size, luxury cruise ships still have a wide range of facilities and activities comparable to a large cruise ship.

Dining on-board a luxury ship is a pleasure in itself with award-winning restaurants and a selection of fine wines to choose from. Open dining means you can choose when you eat, where and with whom. Or, you could have dinner in the privacy of your own luxurious suite with the same level of waiting service.

Many ships offer a fully inclusive cruise experience with gratuities, excursions and flights included in the fare. Luxury cruise lines include Seabourn Cruises, Cunard, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Azamara Cruises and Hebridean Island Cruises.

Need a little help?

All cruise lines place high importance on giving the appropriate assistance to make a holiday accessible for all passengers.

Many use the latest technology to offer a range of amenities and services for guests and have adapted their ships to cater for the needs of disabled passengers.

Almost every cruise ship has large, easily accessible public areas and lifts as well as modern medical facilities. Specially-adapted cabins can be booked which have wide access doorways and ample space. You'll need to book these cabins early as most ships only have a handful of them available. There are also facilities for guide dogs and aids for the hard of hearing.

We do advise always taking a travelling companion with you and most cruise lines will require this. It means you'll always have the presence of a person who understands your specific needs.

River cruises

A river cruise can combine sight-seeing with travelling, making the journey part of the holiday. On a river cruise, you'll sail straight into the heart of famous cities, towns and villages on some of the world's greatest waterways.

From tours down the Yangtze and the Nile to beautiful rivers in Europe, Russia, Egypt and Vietnam, the options are endless. Pick a Rhine River Cruise and not only will you meander through the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley but you'll see more Medieval castles on the shores than in any other river valley in the world.

River cruises offer excellent value for money with travel, transfers, entertainment, signature lectures, and meals included in the price - choose one of our many cruises, as it's the perfect way to relax and travel.

A room with a view

The majority of river cruise ships have outside cabins meaning you should have a window to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Some cabins come with a French balcony open to a rail, while others have a veranda.

Watch the world go by

River cruise itineraries often include a half day ashore and a half day sailing. Unlike sea days on the oceans, on a river cruise you'll always have a view. You can also spend time listening to talks by guest speakers, wine or beer tasting sessions and cookery demonstrations.

Small and friendly

The size of a river cruise vessel is governed by the length and width of the locks they have to pass through. They generally hold between 100 and 200 passengers.
The atmosphere on board is very friendly and you'll most likely be travelling with like-minded people with similar interests. Dining in the restaurant is open which allows you to sit with different people each night or with new friends you've made during your cruise.

Unpack and relax

Once you're on board, just unpack and enjoy the scenery as your floating hotel takes you on a fascinating journey, visiting iconic towns and villages.

No need to fly

European river cruise holidays are perfect if you want a no-fly holiday. You can travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras and connect to local high speed rail networks to join your cruise. Alternatively you can travel by coach with many river cruise lines offering free regional departure points.

The world is your oyster

River cruising isn't just about Europe. There are many exotic rivers throughout the world that you can experience on a boat like the Nile in Egypt, the South East Asia and the Yangtze in China. Two up and coming destinations are the Mississippi river in the USA and the Ayeyarwady river in Myanamar.

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