Many people dream of embarking on exotic and luxurious holidays without having to deal with the hassle of an airport. The noisy queues, heavy bags, full body scans and endless waiting can get the best of any traveller before they even reach their destination.

Cruises departing from the UK allow travellers to avoid airports altogether and experience the joy of having the journey be part of the holiday itself. 2014 cruises are the perfect escape from air travel holidays and offer a range of vessels that travel to some of the farthest corners of the globe. Here are some of the very best in UK based cruises for 2014.

Best for Luxury:

Hebridean Island Cruises

The Hebridean Princess is a 50 passenger ship that feels more like a country house than a seafaring vessel. The oak panelling, overstuffed furniture and tartan decor make public rooms cosy and comfortable. The food and service are exceptional and private rooms are supremely comfortable and stylish. Rumoured to be the vessel of choice for the Queen when she ventures to the Scottish Isles, the Hebridean Princess’ luxury is obviously fit for a queen.

Best for Traveling with Kids:

Thomson Cruises

Outfitted with a range of kid-friendly features, Thomson ships are the perfect choice for families. The ships have extensive Kidzones as well as fantastic children’s clubs which are free and available to all kids over age three. Kids can play all day while parents indulge in some of the more adult perks of the ship and families can come together for meal times where restaurants offer child-sized portions. Thompson offers reduced child fares for kids under 16 making this an ideal choice for budget-friendly family travel.

Best for Adventure:

Hurtigruten

One of the biggest misconceptions about cruise travel is that it isn’t adventurous. Hurtigruten challenges this belief with a range of adrenaline charged excursions. With activities like dog-sledding, ski-mobiling, whale watching or even swimming in Antarctica’s freezing water, Hurtigruten combines great adventure with delicious local fare and very reasonable prices. From the Northern Lights to the glaciers of Greenland, these cruises are the perfect getaway for adventurous travellers.

With well over 200 ships departing throughout the year from UK ports, travellers can explore the high seas on any number of international itineraries with minimal hassle.

Superlatives of the High Seas: The Best in UK Cruising
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