Beat the Airport Queues This Summer

 Overland and Sea Getaways From the UK

Anybody flying away for a summer holiday this year will understandably be excited about a week or two without a care in the world - once they step off the plane that is. Let’s face it, actually getting to our holiday destination can be a bit of a nightmare. Firstly there’s the inevitable traffic on the way to the airport and that awful feeling that you might actually miss your flight. Then there are the long check in queues - and even if you’ve checked in online you still have to wait to get your luggage on the plane. Finally, there are the security controls. Nobody would want to underestimate the importance of security, but does it really have to take so long?

There is another way though - if you want to avoid all the hassle of queues at the airport you could consider an overland and sea getaway. If you haven’t thought about taking a cruise already, why not?

Britons love to cruise

The Guardian reports that more than 1.7 million Brits went on a cruise in 2012, and the numbers are looking like they will only increase. One of the reasons that cruises have become so popular is because people have started to realise just how much value they provide. With an exceptional range of food available on board, holiday goers don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.
World-class entertainment

It’s not just food that provides the value for money, however, as cruises are also known for the fantastic entertainment they put on. The Royal Caribbean for example has staged the crowd-pleasing musical Hairspray, while other cruise-liners have played host to the Blue Man Group. When you consider what the price of a ticket for that show would be on Broadway or the West End you’ll understand that this is seriously good, professional entertainment.
No need to travel far

You can see the best of the world right from your doorstep as there are regular cruises from Southampton. As soon as you’re onboard the holiday begins - you don’t have to worry about a long flight somewhere followed by the joys of passport control and a long drive from the airport to your hotel before you can put your feet up.
Experience more

Of course, another great reason to go on a cruise is the opportunity to visit lots of different places. Even though the world’s best cruise ships are big enough and packed with enough activities to keep you occupied for weeks on end, being able to set foot on land and explore different countries is an experience that most conventional holidays just can’t offer. A Caribbean cruise might take in places like Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, while a cruise of South America could take you to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Punte Del Este in Uruguay. There are so many options that you’re bound to discover a new favourite country or return to an old favourite.

CNN has a great feature about discovering the secrets that destinations have to offer while on a cruise - who knows what magic little restaurant you’ll stumble across or when you’ll discover a secluded beach of your own?

Another great thing about going on a cruise is the shopping opportunities. While the cruise ships themselves often sell great products, being able to visit shops in different countries is shopping heaven. Whether you’re a big fan of global brands or prefer to rummage through independent boutiques there is something for everyone. It makes a trip to Paris or New York look positively tame as a shopping trip in comparison.
What are you waiting for?

Perhaps you think that a cruise isn’t for you. Speak to anyone that’s been on a cruise and once they’re done telling you about how it was the holiday of their life they’ll probably tell you they also though they weren’t the cruise holiday type. So why not see what you're missing, beat the airport queues this summer and find out just why more and more people are taking cruises?

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