Killer Whales and Alaskan Glaciers [SOURCE]
If you're searching for a cruise holiday this year, you'll be simply spoiled for choice.
From the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, from two nights to two weeks, from child-friendly to adults-only, whatever your travel style there is a superb collection of cruise holidays out there to suit virtually every age, taste and budget imaginable.
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey [SOURCE]
All that choice makes it much easier to find a holiday that closely fits your holiday wish-list, but it has its drawbacks.
After all when you've got hundreds of ships and thousands of different holidays to choose from, how do you find the one you really want?
Mount Otemanu of Bora Bora [SOURCE]
Short of spending several days visiting each and every cruise website and weighing up all of the many different options available, one of the best ways to get to the crux of your holiday hunt is to use a travel agent.
Take Cruise Thomas Cook for instance. You already know the name for their popular package beach holidays, and they use the same strategy for cruise holidays.
You can search on one website across all the major cruise operators, and use their powerful online booking platform to whittle down the options until you find the holidays that really match your wish-list.
Aqua Luna and Cloudy Hong Kong [SOURCE]
Rather than selling holidays on their own ships, a Thomas Cook cruise holiday is all about cruising with a specialist cruise operator.
You'll still book through Thomas Cook which means you'll benefit from their 24-hour support network, but when it comes to the actual cruise, you'll travel with a recognisable name like P&O, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Fred.Olsen, NCL, or any one of the other major cruise operators that organise superb sea and river-based adventures.
Explore the Colorful Sidestreets of Valparaiso, Chile [SOURCE]
So whatever you fancy, there's a cruise holiday out there with your name on it. It's just a matter of finding your favourite...
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...