Sail Away From The Credit Crunch

Posted on: 26 January 2009 by Gareth Hargreaves

While people cut back their spending there's never been a better time to book a cruise.

It seems only sensible to cut back on a few luxuries when money is tight but you can cut back while being pampered if you consider a holiday at sea. The cost of cruising has fallen to such low levels this year you can hardly afford to miss the opportunity of bagging a bargain cruise.

Interest rates on savings have fallen to an all-time low, with some savings accounts paying 0%. It makes sense to book a cruise now while your money isn’t earning interest, rather than holding off when the cost of cruising is bound to increase after the recession.

Cruising has become the fastest-growing sector of the UK travel industry, with an estimated 1.5 million Britons taking a cruise last year- over twice as many as in 1998.

Windsurfing on board shipEight huge new ships were launched just last year offering an amazing array of on-board activities. You can go bungee-trampolining on P&O Cruises' Ventura, surfing on Royal Caribbean International's Independence of the Seas or play croquet on real grass on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Solstice.

A key reason why cruising has become so popular is that it is such great value for money. The cost of the cruise covers all your food and entertainment for the week.

Shore excursions and spa treatments cost extra, but they are all things you can do without if the budget is tight. Drinks are also extra on all but the most luxurious cruise ships, but tea and coffee is generally available 24 hours a day for free so you can limit your additional spending.

Cruising makes a great holiday; being waited on hand and foot as the ship sails from port to port, getting a taste of different places and cultures without the hassle of packing and unpacking.

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Reader Offers has a transatlantic crossing between Southampton and New York on Cunard's iconic Queen Mary 2 from just £695 per person.

Thomas Cook is offering a seven-night Mediterranean cruise on casual cruise line Ocean Village from just £589 per person.

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Do you think this is a good time to treat yourself to a cruise? What do you think of the on-board activities available?

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