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Why I’m Adding A Scenic River Cruise To My Travel Bucket List

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Travelling is something I really want to do more of, but we find it difficult to get away sometimes when the kids are in toe. Earlier this year I publish my dream travel destination Bucket List. This list contains the top 10 trips that would be perfect to experience as a family, as well as some other adventures that would perhaps be a bit more romantic if it was just me and my other half. 

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about booking a cruise ship holiday.

I’ve seen lots of people on my Facebook rave about them and I know a few couples who have even booked a romantic cruise as their honeymoon. Late last year, while we were on our way to the ferry for our child-free day trip to the Isle of Wight, we passed by a crowd of people who were heading towards a cruise ship that was docked in Southampton.

We live near to areas where cruise ships often depart from.

Since we live so close to Southampton and Portsmouth, it would make travelling to the docks so easy for us. We would even be able to get the train there for a really reasonable price as the docks are within walking distance from the train stations. Plus there are plenty of public transport routes around if we have too much luggage and need a helping hand.

Some cruises require you to fly to the first destination but the flights are often included in the price of the cruise. If this were the case, we still live close enough to an airport that we could easily make this trip.  I’m sure that one of our friends or family members would be able to give us a lift to the airport so as to avoid paying parking charges where possible. 

I’d want to experience something extra special, like a scenic river cruise.

A romantic cruise, such as the beautiful scenic river cruises in Europe, would be such a feasible and exciting adventure opportunity for us as a couple. My other half is half German and a big part of his identity is being European, so he enjoys celebrating his roots. Exploring some more of the awe inspiring natural beauty is that Europe has to offer would be just his cup of tea. However, there are beautiful cruise options wherever you go, this Alaskan cruise looks absolutely breath-taking; it should definitely find it’s way onto your travel bucket list.

What appeals to me about cruises?

The main appeal of a cruise is that you get to travel to different countries all in one go. No booking extra flights, dealing with cancellations and delays or any of the other faff that can slow you down and cost you more. One a cruise, there are  benefits to enjoy such as exclusive events to attend once docked, the all inclusive food and drinks, and of course always having a firm base to come back and relax in. 

The cost of booking a cruise.

The initial cost of booking a cruise holiday in may seem high, however with everything that you get to experience and all the benefits that are included I think they are actually great value for money.

A cruise holiday could be the perfect honeymoon solution.

My other half and I still aren’t sure where will be honeymooning (I haven’t even written a post to say I got engaged – whoops), but I definitely think a romantic scenic river cruise or similar could be on the cards. After all, you’ve got to have a bit of luxury on your honeymoon, don’t you? My Mister is always keen to explore new countries and soak up new cultures so it would definitely be something he’d enjoy.

Are you a fan of cruises? Would you have any tips or wise words for people who are considering booking their first cruise? If so, do leave your advice in the comments for others to see as it could be really beneficial.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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