Ocean or River Cruising?

Ciao Travel loves cruising, be it Ocean or River Cruising, as we know, it is one of the best ways to relax and unwind, whilst discovering destinations you may never imagine visiting.

Cruising holidays packages are exceptionally great value for money and there is a cruise suitable for all age groups.

Whether you are cruising close to home or venturing far away, the best parts of cruising remain the same – you only need to unpack once, and the views are ever-changing.

We love the benefits and joy of cruising brings to us and our clients, the excitement of planning a voyage and the adventures that await us.

CLIA Certified Travel Agent

Ciao Travel is a CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) ‘Ambassador’ for world cruising. What does this mean?

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise association and is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry. CLIA is composed of more than 60 of the world’s major cruise lines and serves as a non-governmental consultative organisation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), an agency of the United Nations.

CLIA has consistently demonstrated its commitment to safety, public health, environmental responsibility, security, emergency medical response and crew care, passenger protection and supportive legislative initiatives.

As a CLIA Ambassador, we are dedicated to participating in training and conferencing throughout the year, to keep up with this ever-changing industry., especially now, the world of travel is changing. Therefore, we know the cruising questions you should be asking to make the right choice.

What is appealing about Cruising for you?

  • River Cruising or Ocean Cruising
  • What experience afloat do you visage for you?
  • Somewhere warm to escape winter? 
  • Visit exotic or famous destinations or isolated places to see wildlife?
  • What does the price include and what are the extras? 

Ocean Cruising

Ciao Travel has the pleasure of representing a showcase of cruising companies from around the world, Luxury Small Ships and Yachts Cruises, Expeditions Ships and Large and Mega Resort Cruises; all designed for different levels of comfort, budget, entertainment and activity preferences, destinations and durations.

Small Ships and Yacht Cruising

On board a Small Ship or Yacht Cruise these vessels offer a state-of-the-art cruising experience focused on the prestige, ultimate luxury and personalised passenger services.

There are Small Ship & Yacht itineraries available year round world-wide

Sailing to, from and around – Australia, New Zealand, America’s, Caribbean, Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Depending on the size of vessel, these cruises usually have less than 500 guests to experience a luxury opportunity with immaculate service and opulent comfort.

Curnard – Queen Mary II

These luxury cruises predominately include state-of-the-art suites with balcony’s, exquisite dining experiences and most often beverages; immaculate service with choice for a private butler; entertainment, lectures, celebrity guests and specialist activities; spa treatments and wellness activities; exotic port destination touring and activities.

A highlight of Small Ship Cruising is the opportunity to dock at some ports on the itinerary for a stay one or two nights and this allows for more time to explore the destination day and night.

Ciao Travel can conveniently pre-book any additional services not included in the cruise cost for private touring, activities or spa treatments or you welcome to book onboard the ship.

Expeditionary Cruises

Ponant – Le Laperouse

Expeditionary Cruises, like small ship cruising, are smaller vessels and custom built for expedition style luxury cruises to remote places.  The technology progress has allowed for these vessels to operate in harsher, colder environments and provide access to areas not easily accessible, hence the adventure of this type of cruising.

These cruise company’s caters extremely favourable on-board with comfortable suites and public areas, as well as providing a variety of services and including all meals and some beverages, most excursions plus other services.

This type of cruising is destination focused, therefore the onboard experience can be as enjoyable as the off ship excursions, with lectures and orienteering provided by experts, all whilst specialising in itineraries that venture off the normal cruise path to capture the extreme phenomena’s of isolated places for geology, environment, culture and wildlife.

We love Expedition Cruising and the extraordinary opportunities passengers may witness when visiting extraordinary and remote coastlines of Australia, Alaska, Canada, The Artic, Antarctica, South America, Asia and the Pacific Island nations, allowing for a more close-up immersion of the destination and the inhabitants, be it wildlife, marine life and people local to these regions.

Large Ship Cruises

Cruising for Families is a “Great Value Holiday” packed with loads of fun.

Large and Mega Ship Ocean Cruises are divided into the categories of Luxury, Contemporary and Specialty cruising that is suitable for everyone, especially those looking for plenty of activity onboard, whilst visiting multiple destinations from a choice of world-wide itineraries.

Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Asia, the Indian Ocean Islands, Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Cruise packages are designed inclusively to be budget friendly and easy for everyone; sole cruisers, couples, families and groups of friends; so each passenger enjoys a multitude of services available whilst onboard; modern cabin and suite accommodation, most with balconies; all meals; access to multiple public lounges, bars, cafes and restaurants; duty free and designer shopping; entertainment and activities; swimming pools, gymnasium and other sporting facilities; venues for teenagers and professionally supervised Kids Clubs.

What are the extras costs?

Optional services come at an extra charge, these options gives passengers personalised flexibility. These additional costs take in a choice of specialty restaurants onboard ship; beverage packages; shore excursions and activities, spa treatments, shopping, Kids Clubs, babysitting etc.

Ciao Travel will assist you with booking the optional services or you can book on-board.

Luxury River Cruising

Luxury River Ships

Imagine the delight of being on a Luxury River Cruise soaking up the scenery along the many beautiful rivers of Europe, Britain and Asia.

River Cruising is an ultimate relaxing holiday experience, you put your bags down once and for the remainder of the trip you enjoy the places you sail by, and visit, along the way, whilst in the comfort of luxury,… it is simply bliss!

The experience of Luxury River Cruising is a time to indulge in the lavish comforts provided by these magnificent floating hotels. Designed with elegance and state-of-the-art amenities each company strives to ensure their guests fulfilment. The impeccable attention to service delivered by the ship’s crew during the trip is endlessly reassuring the guest of their cruising dream.

Sightseeing and activities whilst on tour are designed for an intimate understanding of each destination. There are many delightful stops scheduled on the itinerary and choices of shore excursions and activities with local hosts, as well as time to explore independently at leisure.

Special Event Cruises are scheduled each year, so you can indulge your passions and interests with other like-minded passengers on a unique and exciting special departure cruise. Events themes – Art, Music, Wine, Gardens etc

Luxury Barge Cruising

Leisurely unwind and enjoy the unique experience of a Luxury Hotel Barge Cruise whilst meandering down the inland waterways of Europe, Britain and Ireland. Exploring life along the scenic and enchanting rivers, canals and lakes, is truly intimate and a brilliant experience, a way to interact with the culture of the villages and towns on route.

We offer a variety of barge cruising itineraries that differ with inclusions, destinations visited and of course the vessel size and standard of luxury, from approximately 2 to 22 passengers. The inclusive itineraries are for those of you wishing to explore intimately, with other like-minded passengers or a private group of friends or family.

This type of cruising introduces the spirit of what the river regions offer culturally, an opportunity to visit towns, small villages and their local markets; savour regional cuisine; taste local wines, whiskeys, ciders and other brews; take a bike or walk along a country path; it is all about enjoying a leisurely pace and being in the moment.

Whilst onboard a Luxury Barge Cruise you will receive attentive and friendly service provided by the crew, who will also share their local knowledge of each area visited; luxury accommodation, comfortable recreational areas inside and on deck, gourmet meals focused on local produce.

Cruise Lines around the world (Ocean, Expedition and River cruises) are booking up quickly for 2022 and 2023, so it is recommended to start planning and booking, if you a looking at future cruising!