The stereotypical image of a cruise is of a sleepy cruise ship gently sailing between unexciting destinations with the occupants spending the days between sleeping out on sunloungers.
Today's cruise ships are as much of a destination as the places they visit with a whole range of amenities on board, often multiple pools, casinos, nightclubs and exciting places to eat.
Accompanied by the change in the ship itself is a move to destinations not typically served on a typical tour itinerary such as Baltic ports, Mediterranean islands and tropical resorts. Shorter cruises offer 5 star hotel experiences with stunning views.
With ever more luxurious cruise ships being launched such as the MSC Magnifica there has never been a better time to try a cruise.