Guest post by Catherine M.
Imagine waking up in a new destination every morning, enjoying a leisurely breakfast from such delights as croissants, freshly baked pain au chocolat, smoked salmon or perhaps sausage sandwiches. Then it's time to pack a day bag and head off into today's destination, to spend time exploring the sights and sounds in your own time or as part of an organised tour. At the end of the day it's back onto the ship to enjoy a refreshing sundowner, perhaps on the top deck watching the sun go down, before you take your pick from the restaurants on board for a fabulous dinner, and finally head off to enjoy an evening show, kick back in the piano bar or - if you've got the stamina - dance 'til the early hours in the nightclub.
Anyone that has ever chosen to book cruise holidays will no doubt have been faced with such possibilities, especially given the fantastic range of cruise operators now available. Many modern ships are like vast floating hotels, packed with superb facilities ranging from fitness centres and spa therapies to swimming pools and rock-climbing walls. And of course, there are often several different restaurants to suit virtually every mood and preference imaginable.
If you're wondering how you can possibly top such a holiday, look no further than cruise and stay experiences. A cruise and stay holiday combines - as the name suggests - a cruise followed by a stay on land. It's a great way to spend more time in a specific destination and get to explore it a little more, whether it's a full week or just an extra few days. Plus if you're planning a particularly action-packed cruise with plenty of tours around each destination, following it up with a stay on land is a great way to fully relax after the buzz of a cruise.
So if you're after the ultimate luxury holiday, a cruise and stay experience could be right up your street.