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National Cruise Week

National Cruise Week Cruising holidays are on the crest of a wave as large numbers of people explore the world from the comfort of a cruise ship or river boat.

The 4th National Cruise Week is set to cast off on the 18th-25th September and UK travel agents accredited to the Association of Cruise Experts (ACE) will be hosting events and running special offers for the estimated 1.7 million people already predicted to go cruising in 2011.

And with so many different types of cruises, you are spoilt for choice!

River cruising

Cruising rivers and inland waterways offers a unique insight into different countries and cultures. Vessels will usually dock close to cities, giving passengers sufficient time to explore their economic and cultural hearts. Whether you choose to head off for the evening to find restaurants and theatres or participate in some organised excursions, this is a great way to cruise and explore widely.

‘No Fly’ cruising

An increasing number of holidaymakers – particularly those with children – are boarding their cruise ships in the UK rather than a connecting point overseas. This means your holiday starts immediately without the stress of checking into an airport terminal. Whether you’re heading out from Southampton, Dover or Liverpool, you’ll have a choice of a wealth of places to visit: the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, North Africa, the Baltic, Norway, Iceland and Greenland, the Caribbean, the east coast of the US or even a round-the-world cruise. Take your pick!

Adventure cruising

If you’re an adrenaline junkie or are just looking for a fun-filled holiday with something different, this could be the cruise for you! New ships are packed with every facility imaginable, from rock-climbing to surfing, ice-skating to scuba diving. Some ships even have indoor golfing facilities. Many cruise destinations are adventures in themselves, with some travelling to the most far-flung corners of the world such as Alaska, Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. And with many itineraries packing in various ports of call, you could be waking up to a new and exciting adventure every day!

Family cruises

Family-friendly ships have facilities expertly tailored to the exact needs of their passengers. Many have dedicated pools and water parks plus round-the-clock programmes for children in various age groups. For the younger kids you may have everything from face-painting to talent shows and teenagers will love dens kitted out with PlayStations and Nintendo Wiis, as well as discos and music-recording equipment. Some ships even have full arcades with Formula 1 simulators. Parents can sit back and relax on the deck, the restaurants or by the pool.

The best part is, with Flexicover Direct ,you won’t be charged extra to insure your cruise, so when you set sail in 2011 and beyond, make Flexicover your first stop.

Wherever you decide to travel and however you decide to get there, Flexicover Direct the travel insurance specialist, is committed to providing the highest level of service to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.