There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of going on a cruise. It’s an epic journey, but it requires planning and thought. If you work full time, chances are you will need to get your summer holiday dates for 2015 booked in early to avoid clashes with other colleagues. Aside from that, there are several reasons why you should start planning your 2015 cruise now, particularly as we head towards the end of 2014.

Things to look forward to on a cruise

Booking early means that you already have something to look forward to for the year ahead. Plus, one of the terrific things about cruises is the sheer amount of activities available while you sail to the next destination. If you’re seeking the easy life, you can soak in a whirlpool or pamper yourself in a beauty salon. If you want to avoid gaining a few pounds, why not work up a sweat in the gym, squeeze in a few lengths in the outdoor pool or even shoot some hoops out on the basketball court?

In the evenings see Broadway-style shows and famous musicians, simply hang out in one of the various bars on board or dine in style at one of the fine restaurants open on the ship. Take the chance to socialise on board too – it’s not unusual for guests to meet up years down the line and go on another cruise together.

Multiple destinations in just one trip

Think about the savings you can make by travelling to some truly splendid destinations on a ship without worrying about booking accommodation or transport between ports. The Mediterranean begs to be explored and the itineraries here are varied.

Call in at the Spanish port of Cadiz, generally thought of as the oldest inhabited settlement in Europe, and listen to cheerful flamenco songs known as alegrías. Or sail to Italy and witness for yourself the Tuscan beauty of Livorno, touring the city’s canals, and taking in the sights of the Mediterranean Natural History Museum as well as strolling round its botanical gardens.

A little further west you can drop into Croatia and the quaint city of Dubrovnik, taking a leisurely walk around the famous Dubrovnik walls. You may even find your cruise liner pulling in at the Bay of Kotor (Montenegro), which enjoys the (slightly inaccurate) description of the ‘Mediterranean’s only fjord’. Perhaps you’d like to venture even further west and hit Turkey to explore Marmaris, the land of the cotton mountains. It’s all possible!

Of course, west isn’t the only way. You can also cruise south of the Mediterranean and into northern Africa, sailing into the Moroccan city of Tangiers. While there you can visit the former marketplace, the Grand Socco, which serves as an entrance to the medina. Here you’ll find souks and food markets and you will also have the opportunity to sip some traditional Moroccan mint tea.

Combining interesting itineraries, fantastic on board activities and the chance to see a whole lot more for a whole lot less, cruises provide an adventure that you should definitely plan well ahead. Book your cruise now and get set for good times in 2015.

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