P&O Cruises have listened to the feedback from customers and provided a new way to the see Mediterranean – fly cruising from regional airports across England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. While P&O have dedicated a number of their sailings to those wishing to experience the excitement of a fly cruise for many years, this is the first time the company have branched out and offered direct or connecting flights from outside of London, Manchester, and Birmingham to the Mediterranean. The cruise industry is constantly evolving, and this is just one of the many ways P&O are bringing sea travel into the 21st century.
Why are Mediterranean Fly Cruises so Popular?
The introduction of regional Mediterranean fly cruises is a branch out in the desire to create greater accessibility that aims to use a twofold method to increase interest in the cruise industry, especially in those who have never cruised, or never considered a holiday at sea before. Firstly, this new option is designed to target those who find it time consuming and costly to travel to major airports in the UK. By introducing regional departures from Bournemouth, Belfast, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, and Stansted, P&O are making it easier than ever before for travellers to reach the airport of their choice. Secondly, P&O are also targeting the working demographic who are generally restricted in where they can go and what they can do during their holidays due to work commitments and annual leave limitations. For those wanting to visit the cities of the Central and Eastern Med, regional fly cruising allows you to be in the heart of the action within hours, rather than days. This flexibility opens us more fascinating destinations to those with limited time.
Always fancied a fly-cruise but never tried it, click here for our pros and cons to fly cruising blog.
2014 Itinerary Options
For 2014, P&O are offering both 7 and 14 night sailings on Ventura – a large, family-friendly ship that’s particularly known for its high end dining options, including the prestigious Marco Pierre White restaurant; The White Room. Sailings cover the breath taking ports and scenery of the western, central, and eastern Mediterranean cities, offering travellers a wide range of choice when it comes to booking their ideal summer getaway. There are plenty of itinerary options to look into, but here are some that are proving to be very popular:
There are a number of 7 and 14 night itineraries on Ventura that depart from Italy and head towards the Dalmatian coast, making stops in Corfu along the way. Corfu is by far one of the most diverse and interesting of the Greek islands. Enjoying the same stunning weather, Corfu differs significantly in its culture. Having been governed by Italians, the French, and the British in the past, there’s a true blend of influences here, making it one of Europe’s most fascinating destinations.
Italy & the Dalmatian Coast
Setting sail from Genoa, Italy; Ventura travels south along the Italian coast, before heading north in the Dalmatia region, culminating with a stop in Venice. The scenery while sailing along this stunning coastline is enough to form the highlight of any holiday, but visits to Venice and Dubrovnik really are the icing on the cake. A walk along Dubrovnik’s ancient city walls provides the perfect way to gaze out over the old town, the gothic churches, and the beaches of the Lapad Peninsula.
Sailing from Malaga, Spain; Ventura enjoys the Spanish coast before hitting the picturesque French Riviera, making stops in historical Toulon, and sophisticated Monte Carlo before finishing up in Genoa, Italy. The old town of Toulon, with its narrow, cobbled streets, is a must-do, while the area also boasts some of the best beaches on France’s south coast. Monte Carlo is, of course, known as somewhat of a playground for the rich and famous. Home to the Grand Prix, luxury yachts, and exhilarating casinos, it’s not hard to see why!
These new Mediterranean fly cruises from regional airports across the UK are revolutionising the cruise industry. Cruise lines such as P&O who are dedicated to offering new and exciting ways to travel, are reaching out to those who don’t have the time to cruise, nor the inclination to travel long distances to a major airport. Cruising is becoming more and more accessible to a wider range of travellers, so there’s really no excuse not to book in 2014!
Book by 28 February 2014
Enjoy up to £500pp FREE on board spending money! How will you spend yours?
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Whether you fancy treating yourself to a spa treatment, perhaps a shopping spree in the on board shops or even that special shore excursion you like the look of, when you book selected 2014 P&O Cruises you will receive a generous amount of spending money to splash out on board as you wish!! Book by 28 February 2014 to enjoy this outstanding offer.
That’s in addition to P&O Cruises Select Fare Booking Benefits which include a choice of:
– FREE On Board Spending Money of up to £115pp
– FREE Coach Transfer (worth up to £135pp
– FREE Car Parking at Southampton* (*For all cruises of 7 nights or more)
– FREE Airport Parking on two way fly cruises