LONDON, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Hot on the heels of Kate and Will's spectacular wedding last April, the UK was once again gripped by royal fever as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee festivities got underway. What better way to celebrate Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne than by taking a luxury cruise through the capital city?
One thousand boats gathered for the Jubilee on the River Thames to form one of the largest flotillas ever seen in London. Working boats, rowing boats, river cruises, historic steam ships and many more vessels all took part in a floating celebration of Queen Elizabeth's 60-year reign. As the formal river procession made its way through the rain, from Battersea Bridge to Tower Bridge, over 30,000 members of the public turned out in their finest, waving Union Flags and traditional streamers.
The majestic spectacle was be led by the 94ft royal barge, Gloriana, which was covered in gold leaf and powered by 18 oarsmen. The impressive vessel even featured wood from sweet chestnut trees grown on Prince Charles's private estate. Riverside music and entertainment transported the Thames back to its heyday as a bustling royal passageway.
Holidaymakers of all ages and tastes can follow the royal lead this summer with a luxury cruise experience of their very own. Royal Caribbean cruise holidays offer proudly British experiences from Southampton to exotic destinations across the world.
The Independence of the Seas Cruise Ship is a great way to enjoy the most spectacular coasts of Europe, while sampling a host of fantastic activities and entertainment - from rock climbing and ice-skating, to glamorous evenings of cocktails and cabaret. A Mediterranean cruise is guaranteed to provide royal treatment to every guest.
Those looking to expand their holiday horizons can enjoy lavish experiences for less with cheap Caribbean cruises from Thomas Cook. Well-appointed cruise ships explore the region's most beautiful islands at a leisurely place, allowing passengers to enjoy a taste of paradise under the warm sun. World-class scuba diving will introduce intrepid travelers to colourful marine life, while tranquil tropical gardens provide a soothing environment for a spot of sunbathing. From extra spending money to complimentary room upgrades, there's a host of additional extras to ensure every passenger enjoys a truly unforgettable experience.
SOURCE Thomas Cook