Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Cruise and stay with Escape Worldwide ⛴🛳

Cruises are amongst the most popular types of holidays at the moment, effortlessly taking you to different destinations throughout your trip - without the need to keep packing & unpacking! Settle in to your ship and wait for the world come to you, ideally with a good book and a gin & tonic. 
At Escape Worldwide we tend to focus on Cruise & Stay Holidays, with the cruise as part of your trip but with a whole load more included too. Invariably you’ve flown to your departure port, so rather than heading straight from the airport to the port we’ll include a few days to explore the destination - places such as Singapore, New Orleans, Cape Town, and Dubai deserve more time than just passing through. After you’ve disembarked we can take you on to another location to round off your trip - a beach resort, perhaps, or another city. Fly onwards from Singapore to Bali or Phuket, take a train from New Orleans to Memphis, pick up a rental car as you return to Cape Town and head to the Winelands, or transfer to the beaches of Ras Al Khaimah or Fujairah from the port at Dubai.

Cruise ships and cruise lines vary enormously, so it’s vital to make sure you’re on board a ship that’s going to suit you. There’s been a plethora of mega-ships launched in recent years, with anything up to 2750 cabins onboard - perfect if you want a huge array of dining options, round the clock entertainment and more leisure activities than you can cope with. If the thought of a mega-ship terrifies you then there are options that are altogether more personal & boutique in style, with fine dining & intimate entertainment, often focusing on smaller ports. 


From family-friendly to adult-only, terribly British to truly international, great value to simply luxurious, there’s a huge variety of cruise ships, cruise lines and destinations available.

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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

The stunning Indian Ocean.....Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles and more! 😎🏖☀

The islands of the Indian Ocean are surprisingly varied, ranging from cultural melting pots to dots on the horizon - it’s important to pick the right one for you! The gorgeous islands of the Maldives are probably the most beautiful beach destination we’ve ever been to - picture postcard stuff, and then some! Each resort is an island in its own right, and as you can't really get off your island it’s important to make sure that your resort is ideal for you.

The Maldives is perfect for relaxation and gentle activity - if it’s sightseeing and culture you’re after, you’re in the wrong place! Water based activities are popular - if you want decent snorkelling and diving (it’s world-class here) then look for an island with a house reef, or if you prefer to potter in the shallows with a good book and a glass of sauvignon blanc (we’re definitely the latter!) then you need an island with a lagoon. Some resorts come with hefty price tags, so it’s important to get things right!

Beautiful Mauritius is a great option if you like to get away from it all, but still with a few things to see and do outside of your hotel - it’s a larger island with more to it than just beautiful beaches. We love colourful Port Louis, the small capital which has great markets and a local feel, and the nearby Pamplemousses Gardens are a must for anyone with an interest in local flora. Combine Mauritius with the likes of Dubai or Cape Town for something a little different.    

The tiny islands of the Seychelles are spread over a vast area, and are truly in the middle of nowhere. Tiny Mahe is the main island and where most visitors head to, but for us a spot of island hopping is essential. Take the ferry to nearby Praslin or a short flight to the likes of Silhouette island or La Digue. It’s a very relaxed part of the world where the emphasis is on the environment - All Inclusive hotels aren’t really found here to encourage you to explore and use local restaurants.

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