Summer Cruises for 2011

Summer is the ideal weather for cruising - smooth seas, bright sunshine, and destination ports at their best. Here are a selection of the best summer cruises on offer for British travellers.

The historic cruise line Cunard features top of the range signature cruise ships, classic style and world famous names such as the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 ships. Sailing with Cunard you are guaranteed to have a memorable and luxurious trip. Current Cunard offers include the Fjords and Waterfalls II trip on board the QM2 vessel. This trip takes in the majestic fjords of Norway, snow-capped mountains as well as charming cities such as Stavanger and Bergen. Cuisine served on board ranges from familiar dinners to local classics such as cod lutefisk, Norwegian goat's cheese and Swedish style berries. This cruise leaves on the 26th of July and lasts for a duration of seven nights. Fares start from £1110 per person.

Thomson offer a range of discount cruise deals for summer 2011 that appeal to families and couples. The Treasures of the Med cruise operates most weeks throughout the summer and visits such gems as Naples, Majorca and Corsica. The ship used is the reliable and spacious Thomson Dream, Thomson's biggest ship yet. Seven Nights including flights from Gatwick cost from £539, though early booking is recommended.

For a more historic themed cruise, Thomson also advertise the Egypt and Holy Land cruise, a sampling of the best the Middle-East has to offer. Guests dock at various Turkish resorts before travelling to Larnaca, Port Said (for Cairo) and Alexandria, site of the famous library. Also on offer are excursions to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, not to be missed for those wishing to visit Biblical sites. This cruise uses the Thomson Celebration ship, lasts for 7 nights and costs from £499 per person.

If you are looking for a summer cruise there is a wider variety of options available than ever before. From Cunard to Thomson, luxury liner to budget chic, avoid the hassle and stress of airports or the blandness of chain hotels by taking a cruise this summer.

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