From island-hopping trips in the Caribbean to far-flung expeditions, no two cruise holidays are the same. We’ve handpicked cruise lines that share our passion for service and quality, and have sailed with each one so we can help you find the cruise that’s right for you.

Which cruises are best for first timers?

There’s no one-size-fits-all cruise line – each of the cruises we offer provide a unique on-board experience. All cruise lines will welcome new cruisers with open arms, so it’s really all about what’s important to you. To find the best cruise, talk to a Kuoni cruise expert and we’ll help you choose.

Norwegian Fjords

“Just like when you’re planning a holiday on land, you’ll want to take into account where and when you want to go, as the weather, cruise departure dates and port will influence your choice. Bucket-list cruises such as the Galapagos, Alaska and the Norwegian fjords are all popular with first-time cruisers and highly recommended!”

Mark Bilton, Assistant Manager at Kuoni at John Lewis White City

Which cruise lines have the best food?

Oceania prides itself on providing an unrivalled dining experience and, with its bold claim of having ‘The Finest Cuisine at Sea’, you know it’s going to deliver. The Executive Culinary Director is renowned French chef Jacques Pépin and there are no dining surcharges at their specialist restaurants. Seabourn has partnered with top American chef Thomas Keller at its award-winning venue, The Grill by Thomas Keller, and even the casual buffet at The Colonnade is an incredible dining experience. When it comes dining as you wind along the rivers of the world, Uniworld takes the top spot. Dishes are created using the freshest seasonal produce, which has been sourced from local farmer’s markets along your route.

Slow-roasted pork belly upon Oceania Cruises

Which cruises are best for families?

Our go-to cruise line for families, from nippers to nans, is Royal Caribbean. Not only does Royal Caribbean offer innovative fun – from skydiving and surfing to ice skating at sea – it also has some of the best family-friendly suites, too. In the gargantuan Oasis and Quantum Class ships, there are Loft Suites that span two decks, which are great if you want plenty of space and lots of light. Symphony of the Seas’ Ultimate Family Suite even has an in-suite air hockey table and its very own slide. Celebrity Cruises® is also a great choice thanks to its amazing activities – think family picnics on the half-acre lawn on Solstice class ships, karaoke nights and basketball competitions.

Ultimate Family Suite on Royal Caribbean's Symphony Of The Seas

Which cruises are best for a honeymoon?

Sophisticated, modern and with innovative design and dining, Celebrity Cruises® is one of our most popular cruise lines for honeymoons. We highly recommend staying in one of the suites, not just for the extra space, but for those added extras such as butler service, that are included; they really take your romantic holiday up a level. Smaller ships, like those from Azamara Club Cruises®, tend to have a more intimate atmosphere that you might be seeking for your honeymoon.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji

“A Paul Gauguin cruise in the South Pacific is a great-value way to experience the beauty of Bora Bora, one of the world’s ultimate honeymoon destinations. Not only will you be island hopping in paradise, you’ll be able to enjoy the all-inclusive package on board.”

Mark Bilton, Assistant Manager at Kuoni at John Lewis White City

Which cruises are best for solo guests?

Most of our hand-picked cruise lines, such as Silversea and Holland America Line, are incredibly welcoming for guests who are travelling solo. You’ll never have to be on your own unless you want to be; there are regular hosted events, you will be part of a group while on excursions and dining is a very social affair on board – especially if you ask to be seated at one of the larger tables in the main dining rooms. Companies such as Cunard have added a selection of single staterooms to all their ships and the innovative new Celebrity Edge SM will have 16 single staterooms, each featuring one of the ship’s new infinite balconies. River and expedition cruises tend to be on smaller ships, so you won’t get lost in the crowd, and you’ll get to know the relatively small group of people you travel with. You can also ask one of our cruise experts about cruises that have a low single supplement.

New York City

What are the best wildlife cruises?

The Galapagos is the greatest cruise destination for wildlife enthusiasts. You can follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and come face to face with animals you’ll see nowhere else on earth, both on land and below the waves. Ships are limited in size and, due to the local laws, the guide-to-guest ratio on land excursions is no more than 1 to 16, so an intimate and personalised experience is guaranteed. You can sail with luxury cruise lines like Celebrity Cruises® (we recommend the purpose-built, state-of-the-art Celebrity Flora) or Silversea. Alternatively, chose one of the smaller, but no less indulgent, Ecoventure ships.

Antarctica

“Aside from the Galapagos, I recommend a trip along the coast of Alaska to see bears and whales, or a visit to the Seventh Continent, Antarctica. Seabourn is well known for its enriching Seabourn Ventures experiences and it has some really immersive itineraries in both destinations.”

Mark Bilton, Assistant Manager at Kuoni at John Lewis White City

Which cruises leave from Southampton?

Southampton is the UK’s cruise capital and the departure point for many European and transatlantic cruises, as well as Cunard’s iconic round-the-world voyages. Princess Cruises®, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises® all have ships based here during the late spring and summer months, which visit the breathtaking Norwegian fjords, the Baltic Sea and the western Mediterranean. Regent Seven Seas® and Oceania also have a few itineraries that do a round trip from Southampton, perfect if you want a no-fly holiday.

Santorini, Greece

Which cruise is best for the Caribbean?

The paradise islands of the Caribbean are some of the most popular cruise destinations, particularly with beach lovers. There are 28 nations and thousands of islands, allowing cruise lines to provide a wide range of itineraries. You could do a number of Caribbean cruises and never visit the same place twice. If you want to visit smaller islands and ports, we recommend choosing an Azamara Club Cruises® voyage, particularly one of their intensive Cuba cruises; or an incredibly luxurious and in-depth Seabourn itinerary. One of our favourite choices is a voyage on Star Clippers’ majestic tall ship, Royal Clipper which sails from Barbados. Making way under full sail from island to island is an unforgettable experience.

Saint Barthelemy

Which Alaska cruise is best?

Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn has the best exploration cruises in the region; their Ventures by Seabourn™ excursions include kayaking in the Misty Fjords and hiking the Davidson Glacier. Summer 2019 marks the maiden Azamara Club Cruises®; Alaska season. We’re really excited about this as they’ll have late nights in destinations such as Icy Strait Point, Juneau and Victoria. If you would rather go on a larger ship, Holland America Line is an excellent option; they are one of the few cruise lines permitted to enter the unmissable Glacier Bay National Park.

Sitka, Alaska

“I'd recommend you join a cruise in Seaward, Alaska, and travel south to Vancouver. It’s a wonderfully relaxed place to board the ship and you can easily add a pre-cruise exploration of Denali or Kenai Fjords National Parks.”

Mark Bilton, Assistant Manager at Kuoni at John Lewis White City

Inspired?


One of our cruise experts can help you find the voyage for you and tailor a beach break, self-drive, escorted tour or rail journey that perfectly complements your cruise. For more inspiration, order our Stay & Cruise brochure or book an appointment in your local Kuoni store.

This feature was published on 4 September 2018. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print.