A New Wave; the Med's Seductive Mix of Climate, Culture and History Make It a Popular Choice

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A New Wave; the Med's Seductive Mix of Climate, Culture and History Make It a Popular Choice


Gone are the days when a cruise to Paradise was the preserve of the mega-rich.

And it's not only wrinklies who can enjoy the luxury of sailing from chilly British waters to sultry hotspots on the Mediterranean.

Cruising is now well within reach of every package holiday fan - and the average age of cruisers is dropping year by year.

These days, liners are packed with clubs, discos and gyms.

And reaching exotic locations is easier than ever since the arrival of the fly-cruise holiday.

Now we can fly to Florida for a couple of weeks' sailing in the Caribbean or jet off to New York to enjoy a week in beautiful Bermuda.

Venice is a starting point for short cruises around the Italian shores, while a flight to Beijing can be followed up with a cruise over the exotic East and South China Seas to Hong Kong.

Even Alaska, the last great frontier, is within easy reach after a flight to Vancouver, where a cruise to Glacier Bay is truly unforgettable.

And at every port of call, your "home" stays in the harbour, leaving you free to explore at leisure. No endless packing and unpacking, no trains or buses and no travel stress.

The last few years have seen an explosion in the cruise market as more of us in the younger age group discover the luxury of life on the ocean wave.

Bill Biggons, director of the Passenger Shipping Association, said: "We've seen a huge growth from around 263,000 in 1992 to more than 650,000 last year.

"We're attracting more and more first-time cruisers. It's now the fastest-growing sector of the travel industry."

In the last six months, four new super ships have joined the scores already operating around the world from no fewer than 21 cruise lines, ranging from just one night to around three weeks.

And cruises offer great value for money, since flights, accommodation and at least three meals a day plus most shipboard activities are included in the price. …

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