So, Grandad English has a biiiiig birthday coming up. I won’t mention it otherwise I might get one of his customary ALL IN CAPITALS emails (he’s a regular reader). Thoughts have naturally turned to an epic pressie to celebrate the big day – maybe a joint one between us all. And of course, being me, the first thing I thought of was that old thing about life experiences and not things – snapshots, not stuff.
As you get older, you naturally have a bit more time and want to enjoy a bit of a slower pace of life, so what better than a contribution towards an unforgettable holiday? More specifically, a gorgeous cruise? River cruising has been gaining in popularity recently and, after my first river cruise last week, I have to say that I can totally understand it. There’s such a slow, easy pace of life – drifting along on the Danube or the gorgeous Douro would certainly seem to me like a pretty fantastic way to celebrate a big birthday or anniversary.
Or maybe ocean cruising would be more the thing for your lucky grandparent? Saga do the most incredible over 50s cruises. The ships tend to be smaller and more intimate than some of today’s massive superships, which means that the experience will be even more welcoming and tailor made for your special someone. There are some incredible destinations, including the Norwegian Fjords, the Canary Islands, the Baltic, with visits to destinations such as Baltic, with visitis to destinations like Stockholm, Tallinn and St Petersburg – the list is endless.
Cruises are a lovely way to get away from it all, with the added bonus that there’s a chance to visit several different destinations in one holiday without the hassle of packing and unpacking all the time. It’s a lovely way to escape their day to day routine and explore new places. Cruises are great value for money too, with nearly everything they’ll need already included, and the chance to tick several places off their travel wishlist all in one go!
I can’t think of a better present than a whole load of unforgettable memories. Can you?