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Top 5 cruises to join this summer

It’s time to plan your next vacation and you’re working through the check list… variety, endless fun, romance, luxury, and a wealth of entertainment are definitely up there. So let’s get cruising this summer and take a look at the top five cruise ships to choose from. It may be the ideal vacation for just about any traveller – there’s so much on offer and the magic of it all is you can tailor the trip to match your personal style and taste. If you are considering a first time cruise you’ve just got to take that leap and jump aboard!

Ever heard the saying “bigger is better”? It couldn’t be truer when it comes to the luxurious
Allure of the Seas ship, which departs from Rome and Barcelona, and cruises into the Caribbean and Mediterranean waters. Once aboard you might be interested in surfing, rock climbing, zip lining, riding a carousel, or tapping along to Broadway shows. And if you feel like some retail therapy then why not head over to the Guess boutique whilst enjoying your Starbucks coffee? This ship truly has it all – right down to a relaxing foliage-filled Central Park!

For all the romantics out there the
Crystal Serenity ship is a must if you want intimate time with your soul mate. All penthouse suites have verandas, marble baths, Jacuzzis and a butler service. There’s also space for a relaxing in-room massage for you to unwind. Kick start your evening at the sunset bar, then enjoy dinner for two at one of the classy restaurants, such as the Asian Silk Road, and end it off with a moonlit walk along the terraced decks at the rear of the ship. Destinations include Asia, Caribbean South America and Antarctica, to name a few.

If it’s a family cruise you’re searching for, the majestic
Disney Dream ship sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas, is great for all ages. It boasts the first water coaster at sea, the splashtacular Aquaduck. Other attractions include tech savvy kids’ clubs, a ton of beanbag chairs and Wii-filled areas. Its restaurants are magically themed and cater for elegant adults-only dining through to tantalizing made-to-order casual fare. If your feel the heat is getting to you then why not cool off in one of the three sparkling pools; one for the little ones, one for families, and one exclusively for adults. Adults and children can also meet and greet their favourite Disney characters.

Silver Spirit is a great ship for singles and boasts culinary fare that rivals any at sea, stellar service, and around the world itineraries. It covers areas such as Australia, the Caribbean, Europe and the South Pacific seas. Once on board, stroll down to the central gathering place, which is very popular with passengers both day and night, and enjoy a top class meal and entertainment at the Seishin, a trendy Asian fusion venue. Service is top-class aboard this cruise – if you’ve forgotten your glasses don’t stress, as a waiter will provide you with loan specs on a silver tray! And you will never forget the butler who topped up your bubble bath with flower petals!

If you’re looking for great value for money, look no further than the
Celebrity Reflection ship. It departs from Miami and Rome, and cruises into the bliss of the Caribbean and Mediterranean. The ship has a marvellous Lawn Club, which has half an acre of grass – ideal for picnics and working on your tan! It’s also surrounded by restaurants and private cabanas, and when you get thirsty, you can head on over to the Molecular Bar, famous for its fog-emitting concoctions and a cappella group, These Guys.

Taking a cruise can be that adventure of a lifetime. So why not follow your heart this summer and widen your horizons.

Author: Rodney Mossop

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