But many people list 'cruise' as a holiday type. To me, a cruise is actually a holiday enhancement - whatever you like to do on holiday, you can do it even better on a cruise! Take a look at our top 5 holiday types to see what I mean...
1. City Breaks
You love city breaks - the opportunity to explore the backstreets, visit the markets, chill over a coffee and watch the world go by, maybe take in a museum or a cathedral and enjoy a long lunch sampling the local cuisine. A Baltic cruise is the perfect choice for you - plenty of overnights in port, cities you won't have visited before, great art, architecture and lots of culture. Or why not check out Canada and New England cruising between Montréal and New York.
2. Active Holidays
You love to be active - walking, cycling, time at the gym, yoga or tennis. There are so many ships to suit, and what's more, every day there'll be somewhere new to explore. Choose a little vessel which carries its own bicycles - a European Waterways barge, or the lovely SeaDream Yacht Club. Ask us to find you a cruise with its own walking programme - Hebridean's 'footloose' options for example. Or choose something bigger with fantastic facilities - Crystal is the perfect choice, with an excellent gym, paddle tennis courts, wraparound promenade deck, not to mention some great shore excursions, such as running around the city with a guide.
3. Nature & Wildlife Holidays
You love nature, and wildlife in particular. So many choices are available to you, including true expeditions to the Galapagos, Antarctica, the Svalbard Archipelago, Greenland, the Sea of Cortez, the Russian Far East and more, where you travel with expert naturalists, scientists and photographers to make the very most of your trip. But if that sounds a bit too much, opt for a more relaxed cruise to great nature and wildlife destinations such as Alaska, Norway or the Seychelles.
4. Touring Holidays
Touring by coach or car is your thing. You love to see something new each day, to watch the world go by, to eat in the evenings what you have seen growing in the fields during the day. River cruising is the perfect choice for you - travelling at an easy pace, you can really get to know the country, and with stops once or twice a day, you have plenty of time to explore ashore, either with a guide or under your own steam. Better still, unlike other ways of touring, you unpack just the once, so all your time is free to enjoy the next destination.
5. Fly & Flop Holidays
You need a holiday to recover. You've had a really busy year, so you just want to escape the stress, laze around, read a book, pamper yourself. What could be nicer than a few days pottering around the Caribbean? Choose a comfortable suite with excellent service, everything included in the price, and a new destination brought to you each day in case you fancy a quick wander or wallow in the sea before returning to your sunbed. Then book into the spa for a few indulgent treatments - the icing on the cake!