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Interesting Cruising That You Can Take It

If you thought cruising was for old people then think again – record numbers of twenty-somethings are taking to the waves.

Cruises were once the preserve of elderly passengers, but more and more younger people than ever before will take to the waves this year, as they discover the virtues of a voyage.

At least that’s according to ABTA, the travel consumer watchdog, which claims interest in floating holidays is three times higher amongst under-25s than it was in 2013. We reveal six of the best options for a sailing holiday, whether you’re a virgin voyager or a veteran sea dog.

A floating festival, essentially, Weezer Cruise takes its name from the American rock band headlining this five-day event. Support acts include Cat Power, Ash, Palma Violets and The Cribs, who will provide the soundtrack to this Caribbean cruise.

Departing from Florida next month, Weezer Cruise first set sail in 2012, a year in which the organisers of Coachella launched a competing vessel, the S.S. Coachella. Pulp and Hot Chip were amongst the headliners, but sluggish ticket sales have fuelled speculation that the S.S. Coachella will not be returning to service.

However, Weezer Cruise  is most certainly on and there are still spaces aboard the 2,056 capacity vessel, which boasts a nightclub, comedy club and numerous bars. The boat will dock at two locations in the Bahamas, where a beach party and concert awaits. Hipsters ahoy.

Once reserved for polar explorers like Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, the Arctic and Antarctic are now more accessible to everyday travellers than ever before.

Indeed, coldwater cruises are one of the fastest growing cruise markets, as passengers go, quite literally, to the ends of the earth for new experiences. Quark Expeditions  is one of the leaders in polar adventures and take passengers – young and old – into the most inhospitable parts of the world to explore the glacial scenery and marvel at the local wildlife.

Its Spitsbergen Explorer is touted as the “classic Arctic cruise” and gets up close and personal with whales, walruses and polar bears. The 11-day voyage also has options for kayaking and snowshoeing.

How to enjoy on airport

Airport lounges offer much more than merely a chance to escape the crowds and indulge in free food and drink. These days, cinemas, spas, Jacuzzis and swimming pools ensure you can start your holiday in enviable style. Choose your pick from our top 5 guide to ultra-cool airport lounges.

London: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

Fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class from London Heathrow and you will immediately be whisked off to a separate check-in and security, meaning more time to play in Virgin’s hedonistic flagship Clubhouse.

The comfortable leather Eames chairs scattered around the lounge are perfect to conduct some last-minute business from. However, this lounge mainly belongs to the big kids. In ‘The Den’, passengers can amuse themselves with the retro video games, pool table or multi-screen cinema. For a more relaxing waiting time, you can settle yourself on a daybed underneath a dramatic skylight in the hidden loft bar or pamper yourself in the lounge’s Jacuzzi, St Tropez tanning booth or Bumble and Bumble hair salon.

Enjoy a complimentary facial or massage in the Six Senses spa or relax in the cigar lounge with a specially chosen cognac or armagnac. There is a fully stocked library available for any avid bookworms, and an à la carte restaurant offering five-star dining. There are also two beds available in the lounge if you just want to catch forty winks before your flight

Ibiza partygoers are famous for their crazy morning-to-evening revelling, and now the party doesn’t have to end at the airport. Spanish concessionaires Áreas have teamed up with dance music mogul, David Guetta, to create the ‘F*** Me I’m Famous’ club lounge in Ibiza Airport.

A vivid, fuchsia-lit walkway tempts travellers into the modern lounge where the DJ booth and dancefloor take pride of place. Live music, food and lighting have all been specially choreographed to fit the ambience of the hour. At 6am, enjoy a light breakfast in the Ibizan dawn lighting whilst settling back to ambient, chill-out music. At night, get on the dancefloor to move to some electro-house whilst sipping on a cocktail.

It’s no surprise that the Finnair Lounge in Helsinki-Vantaa Airportconsistently ranks amongst the best lounges in the world. Boasting a pool, plunge pool, four saunas, spa services and hot stone beds all with views onto the landing platform, the lounge is a paradise to travellers on long-haul journeys.

If you don’t want to take advantage of the spa, you can also have a drink whilst watching the runway on reclining chairs, retreat to the relaxation room to watch some TV or have a snack at the varied buffet. All this whilst topping up your phone on revolutionary wireless charging platforms.