Thursday, 28 October 2010 12:00 AM
Fly cruises are a great way to explore a faraway destination - and one region popular among cruise-goers keen to do just that is North America.
With fly cruises, you take a flight to a particular overseas location before embarking on a cruise to a specific area.
So with fly cruises departing from North American ports, you might find yourself flying to the likes of Miami or Fort Lauderdale before setting sail on an unforgettable Caribbean cruise, for example.
This means your holiday begins with a bang instead of taking a couple of days to warm up as your boat traverses the seas from the UK towards your intended destination.
And when your cruise finishes, you can transfer back to the airport and fly straight home. As such, fly cruises are perfect if you're keen to have as much time as possible to explore and relax in your various ports of call.
So what are the potential options available for fly cruises from North America? As mentioned earlier, it is possible to fly to Florida and embark on a cruise to the Caribbean - a popular choice for those yearning for plenty of sunshine, exotic cocktails and fiery food.
You can find cruise deals that focus on particular parts of the region, such as the eastern and southern Caribbean.
One ship that regularly tours the Caribbean as part of fly cruise packages is Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, which boasts the capacity to hold 5,400 holidaymakers and offers plenty of entertainment, dining and relaxation opportunities for all age groups.
There's also the option of flying to New York and exploring the east coast of the US, taking in destinations such as Newport and Boston. This type of fly cruise can also include a trip to the Canadian coast, where you may stop at Nova Scotia and Quebec.
Don't forget that a fly cruise from New York will allow you to see some of the Big Apple's most iconic sights from the unrivalled vantage point of the sea, such as the Statue of Liberty.