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We have all heard of a ‘staycation’, holidaying within your own country, but this year we could have a new phenomenon – the ‘seacation’.

So, what exactly is a seacation? It’s a holiday at sea, but remaining within our own country – in our case cruises around the British Isles, with other people from the UK.

For those who have never cruised, it might seem a very strange phenomenon. However, having cruised for a number of years I can relate to the concept – sea days.

Usually, you have a few sea days per cruise, where you don’t stop at any ports. It’s a great time to enjoy the facilities the ship has to offer – morning yoga, gym, classes, pampering in the spa, lectures, arts and crafts, dance classes, and not to mention the outstanding entertainment. The same can be said with the amazing dining options.

For me, my day starts early with morning yoga or stretch class to wake up the system, usually in their state of the art gym or studio. Classes usually run all day and are designed to suit all abilities, ages, and activity levels.

There’s always the luxury spa to escape to for some well-deserved pampering, all ships have a full range of facial and body treatments, not to mention the hair salon for men and women!

All around the ship, there is a full program of activities and events, you will receive a bulletin each evening giving the details. There are a wide variety of lectures, arts and craft classes, bridge games, quizzes, outdoor mini-golf, sports pitches for ball games, dance classes and afternoon tea dances, not to mention the West End standard shows every evening.

We can’t omit to cover the current Covid protocols, and all the major cruise lines are insisting all passengers to have had both vaccines (no children), with hygiene and cleanliness heightened and social distancing to keep contact to a minimum.

The demand has been astonishing, and when P&O Cruises put their departures on sale on Monday, their reservation system crashed as so many people were booking at the same time. It really is a good time to sample a 3 or 4-night taster cruise, at very competitive pricing.

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