If you’re wondering why so many thousands of holidaymakers have converted to cruising in recent years, you clearly haven’t tried a modern cruise experience. Cruise holidays have moved on considerably since the days of old, when the sherry set enjoyed traditional cruises with formal dinners and smoke-filled piano bars. Of course, if you really want an old-fashioned cruise experience, you can still find it on a select number of liners. But opt for one of today’s magnificent ‘superliners’ and you’ll have a completely different cruise experience.

Take Royal Caribbean for instance. This innovative cruise company has revamped the idea of cruise holidays and turned it into something that’s worlds away from anything remotely stuffy or traditional. With Royal Caribbean, cruising is family-friendly and appeals to passengers of all ages, thanks to its vast range of onboard leisure facilities like rock-climbing, ice-skating and even on-deck surfing lessons. On any given cruise ship you might find shopping malls, ice cream parlours, open-air cinemas and thrilling entertainment shows featuring everything from dancing on ice to acrobatics.

NCL, or Norwegian Cruise Lines, is another brand that has transformed cruising into a more fun and exciting way to holiday. For instance, you can forget formal dinners and seating times. NCL have introduced cruising to a more informal structure, where passengers can choose when and where they eat, and what they choose to wear. It’s ideal for families with ever-hungry children, and it’s pretty appealing for the rest of us, too. Who wants to be told what to do when you’re on holiday, anyway?

One thing about cruising is that it’s all about choice. Whether you’re after a short break or a long-haul escape, a trip round the Med or a Caribbean voyage, a family experience or a romantic retreat just for two, there are so many cruise holidays to choose from – it’s just a matter of finding one that sums up as perfect.