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At Cruise Select, we are passionate about cruising, and finding the right cruise for you. Our small, but perfectly formed, team of cruise specialists based in Bedford are on hand to use their experience and expertise to help you with your dream cruise - whether it's your first ever or your fiftieth!
So if you're looking for a Caribbean cruise, an expedition voyage to the Polar Realms or Galapagos, a cultural cruise taking you back to the age of antiquity, a luxury cruise in the Mediterranean, or a river cruise along one of the waterways of Asia or Europe (or beyond) - or whatever you want - our friendly and attentive cruise specialists will listen to what you want, and arrange it for you. They can even create a bespoke cruise holiday experience with pre- and/or post-cruise stays and 'added extras' tailored to exactly what you want.
Just give our team a call, drop us an email, or pop into our lovely shop in Bedford, and you'll be on your first step to an unforgettable cruise experience, and we'll take care of the rest.
We have always prided ourselves on our customer service, doing the best for our clients no matter what, and the current Coronavirus pandemic has been no exception. In fact, we believe that our personal customer service is never as important as it is now, during these challenging and confusing times. Throughout, we have remained available to help answer all queries, and deal with bookings and enquiries, even during lockdowns. Even though we haven't been able to reopen our shop fully to the public since March (with the exception of appointments, when allowed to open as a 'non-essential shop'), we have continued to be on the phones and emails. We have, of course, missed being able to see our lovely clients face-to-face like we used to!
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Tier Four update: we are no longer able to take appointments for the duration of Tier 4 restrictions, and we are returning to work from home, with our shop closed again.
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In the Words of Our Clients
Dear Chloe, Thanks for your letter of 12th. Your company's arrangements were firstclass. The cruise was generally most enjoyable. The staff on board were most helpful and the itinerary was amazing.David
Hi Tracey As you can see we've arrived back from our Cruise. We just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed it. The level of attention was second to none. As you can imagine the Grand Prix was an experience not to be missed, especially being in the VIP Princess Grace Dance Academy. I can honestly say we were never bored with the entertainment, especially the quizzes.The talks were also very informative. Thank you for your help in arranging our Cruise.Susan and Leslie
To all the the girls at Cruise Select - Norway is very beautiful, but the weather gods are not always on our side. Thank you for the welcoming bottle of wine - much appreciate & enjoyed. Perhaps the mist adds to the mystique!Peter and Robyn
Dear Julie Thank you for all you do for us. We really do appreciate itKaren and Martin
Dear Julie, Just to let you know we had a fantastic cruise. All your arrangements were first class, thank you. Thanks again to you and your colleagues for the pleasant and helpful way you have dealt with us.Margaret, Thomas and Susan
Hi Bella, We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and are very impressed with Fred Olsen and Braemar. We want to mark our 50th Anniversary in March 2017 and wonder if you have any suggestions. We could have booked something on board but prefer your professional advice.Malcolm and Wendy
Dear Bella, I have now got back to earth after the wonderful Rock the Boat cruise. It was a memorable weekend. The staff were so friendly and helpful. They looked after us so well. The security was at its highest as well as hygiene. The groups were tremendous I danced till 1.30 a.m. every night! On Sunday afternoon we had half an hour of nonstop 60s music to which so many of us danced. I loved every minute of the week end. I can't wait for the next music cruise somewhere out of Britain as this one was. Thank you to your company and to the company Celebrity Eclipse. I would not be averse to going on another cruise on my own as everyone was so friendly. I was absolutely fabulous to be taken back to the 60s again with the musicSue
The recent Rock The Boat cruise from Southampton was excellent. We had a really good time. I must say it was one of the most memorable cruises I have had. The music was excellent and we were looked after extremely well. Unfortunately we cannot book the next Rock cruise as it is too difficult to get to Newcastle timewise. I would however, be grateful if you could let me know if you plan another Rock from a nearer port as I live in Devon. Southampton is ideal for us. If this is possible please put me on a reservation list for future Rocks. Many thanksMrs Leaper
Hi Sarah, I hope that you are well. My wife Chris and I returned home very late on Saturday evening after a fantastic couple of back-to-back cruises to Greece and Turkey aboard the little "Voyager" cruise ship. We had a fantastic time with only one afternoon of rain, the rest of the time it was blue skies, sunshine and low humidity. The food on the ship was excellent (even better than last year), the entertainment was first class and the 20 ports we visited were all very enjoyable with excellent local food and wine. As you will no doubt know, we had a bit of a hiccup at the end of the first cruise, caused by the Greek Air Traffic Controllers announcing a 48 hour strike and the Voyager's flights having to be changed from Athens to Istanbul. But it was handled very professionally by the Cruise Company and the ship's crew. On a purely selfish basis we were quite happy with the change as we had seen all we wanted to see in Athens, but still had a couple of places we hadn't managed to see in Istanbul on our earlier visit. Please accept my thanks for the excellent service I received from yourself and the team in making our booking - the holiday progressed without any hitches (the above excepted) and will be remembered as one of our most enjoyable cruises. Bedford Bear seemed to enjoy himself and was mostly well behaved (we kept him away from any alcohol). Once again, my sincere thanks. Very best wishes,Geoff Holt
Dear Bella, Thank you for your letter dated 29 October. I wanted, exceptionally, to send you a note thanking you for booking me onto the recent Voyager cruise to Muscat. Looking back on the past 3 weeks, I realise that I was consistently happy and enjoying myself throughout. I was in my little cabin in the stern, very comfortable. The other passengers in general were quick to make friends and the staff very obliging – so that meals were a delight. The transit of the Suez Canal was at last a daylight one and the Brigadier an excellent lecturer. The entertainment group were very talented – they even got me singing (or at least giggling) in the choir. And all that 16 days for an astonishing £999! My diary is too busy for me to cruise with Voyager again soon, but perhaps next September/October/November if you can offer at £999.Mr Cave
Dear Tracey, Well what can I say! What a wonderful trip you put together for us, everything went perfectly. Lovely hotels, lovely service all the way! Cannot thank you enough and you will certainly be hearing from us when we decide on our next holiday. Have a lovely Christmas and all the very best for 2017.Mr & Mrs Blackwell
Hello again Bella! Just to say a HUGE thank you to you and to Cruise Select for organising my last trip (back to backs on m.v. Voyager – Muscat to Singapore). We got back 2 days ago. It was wonderful to see my sister Bridget “blossom out” as the cruise progressed and we both want to return to Kerala! We had such a lovely trip; super cabins (considering we were on Saver Fares!); Voyager is a bit of a tub compared to its predecessor the beautiful Discovery – we broke down a couple of times! (The captain said it was a “compulsory engine stop” mid ocean !!!! ) but the food was absolutely excellent as were the Philipino staff as always. Dubai airport is huge – transfers are a nightmare and VoD really ought to send staff out with boards to direct their passengers from one flight to the connecting one. Thanks again Bella for all your hard work on my behalf. Best wishes for the coming season to you all and have a great 2017.Mrs Trayner
Dear Bella Just a wee note to tell you how very much I enjoyed the cruise on Voyager ……. the staff were excellent and the food super …… the ports were really really interesting and I saw places I had never dreamt I would ever see …..some real “pinch me” moments - standing in front of the Petronis Towers, Raffles, Gate to India, etc. So thank you for arranging that. Gilly and I particularly enjoyed our day in Cochin (should I call it Kochi Kochi now??) - so much so that we both said we would probably like to do one of your tours if you were going to be doing another one? Finances permitting of course! I have two children - one lives in New York and the other in Amsterdam - and most of my travel money goes on visiting them and their children. But certainly another trip to India is calling!! Kind regardsB Merrett
Well Sarah, what can I say. You are all going to be green with envy. Annie and I got back last night from the Hurtigruten trip and I can tell you that the whole thing was a holiday of dreams. So many things ticked off the list and my goodness were we blessed or what. We had Northern Lights every night with the exception of the night at the Snowhotel, which was an experience in itself. The captain told us that the weather was the best while we were on this trip that he had seen since the trip started and while sadly the cruise before us had rain for 4 days and only saw the lights once we were definitely so lucky. The deg sledding was incredible and the snowmobiling was a lifetime experience, the staff on the ship, the food was the best but the Northern Lights was the icing on the cake. And what can I say about the Snowhotel! I did FaceTime with daughter and showed her, she was mind blown. I will of course do a review for Hurtigruten and am happy if you want to quote me but this trip was a trip of a lifetime and the excursions were not to be missed and your help in making this possible for us was invaluable. Sarah, we are already thinking about our next holiday and will come and have a chat with you about that, we have a cunning plan but need some of your expert assistance. Take care and thank you RegardsOlga Ebsworth
Dear Bella, We just wanted to say thank you for all your help in booking our recent cruise/stay holiday in Greece. All your arrangements worked like clockwork! It was a fairly complex trip (for us!) so it was great that everything worked so smoothly. It's been years since I've used a travel agent/tour operator, but we were really glad we did so on this occasion and would recommend your services to anyone. Many thanks againMr & Mrs Copperwheat
Hello Julie, I am so pleased that you have been able to secure this Silversea Booking. Always a pleasure to deal with Cruise Select. Kind regards,Mr Stickland
Dear Mrs Wright, I came back to Cruise Select to book a surprise 30th Wedding Anniversary cruise and was met and dealt with by Julie Barker. The purpose of this letter, is to bring to your attention, (unsurprisingly, no doubt) both the thoroughly professional and friendly manner in the way Julie represented herself. Alas, all too often these days, people are both quick to criticise and give negative comments; however, in this case, nothing could be further from the truth. Julie is both a credit and ambassador to Cruise Select. Would you please pass on, both mine and my (surprised) wife's thanks and kind regards to her, for all she has done for us - she truly went that 'extra mile'.Mr & Mrs Paxton
Dear Bella, Thank you for your letter. I had a most enjoyable week. Fine weather. I always enjoy a holiday with Hebridean as it's like being at home, but without the hassle!!Mrs Turnbull
Dear Sarah Thank you so much for that. We really do appreciate the personal service that we receive from Cruise Select. We couldn't ask for better. Kindest regardsMr Robinson
Hi, have just returned from our first ever cruise " Back to the 80s" Royal Caribbean. The cruise was really enjoyable and we now have the cruising bug! I would like to comment on the service we received from Cruise Select prior to our holiday. I found all the staff to be very helpful but a particular shout out goes to Tracey who's help was invaluable, nothing too much trouble. Being a complete novice she guided us through the process and was very helpful. Thank you very much Tracey, Best wishesMrs Wallis
Just wanted to let you know that we had an absolutely fabulous time on the 80's cruise. It was so much fun and definitely one of our best holidays. I am sure you will, but hope that if anything similar comes up, you will let us know. Thanks again. It was great. .Mrs Hobden
Dear Bella, As always thank you. You have always looked after us so well. My darling Robert always commented on how helpful you were, and now being on my own, it is a comfort to me.Mrs Hayday
Hello, many congratulations to all the team at Bedford, well deserved I must say. RegardsMrs Allen
Dear Tracey, We just wanted to say a big 'THANK YOU' for all your help during the booking of our - 'Back to the 80's cruise'. You were a great help, and we had a fantastic time on the Navigator of the Seas. Thank you again, and please let us know if there will be a 'Back the 80's' number 2!! Best wishesElaine & Richard
Hi Bella, I just got off of the "Back to the 80s Cruise" last Sunday, and I wanted to let you know that myself and my friends had an absolutely phenomenal time. I want to personally thank you and your team for assisting us with all of the preparations for this cruise. Even the stateroom suggested by your staff was absolutely perfect! We literally felt no rocking and the location was close to everything we needed!! I'm thinking of my next cruise already! I would like to try the Mediterranean this time, so like Italy, France, Greece, and Eastern Spain would be ideal. Is it possible you can let me know of some good deals that come available via email? It would have to be in the summer of 2019 so we can include the kiddos. So it would be June, July, or early August. I would definitely like to book through your agency again. Again many thanks to you and your staff for making the entire booking process very smooth for us. It was an absolute pleasure working with all of you!Michelle
Dear Sharon Thanks for your help with this and your thoughtfulness in your responses. Great customer service is rare these days so it was great to have you flying that flag! RegardsGuy
Hi Sarah Apologies for my tardy response. It was a fabulous event and thank you for inviting us to it. Please pass our thanks to the rest of the team. Very informative and relaxed. We will definitely book with you for a River Cruise, not quite sure when. Hope you are well. Warm wishesMrs Stewart
Hi sarah, Just wanted to let you know that we all had a brilliant time on our cruise. Aston thought it was fantastic and spent lots of time in the teenager's club - we hardly saw him! 34 degrees in Hamburg and 30 degrees in Oslo - wonderful. We were extremely impressed with everything and the only downside was that I put on 6 lbs and he put on 10!!Sue
This is just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our recent cruise on the Douro, all as arranged by yourself. For us it was fun to be returning to Portugal, having lived there for 5 years, and seeing a part of the country that we hadn’t explored previously. All arrangements worked perfectly - the weather included! -and we have nothing but the highest praise for Scenic for their overall performance. We would have no hesitation in recommending Cruise Select to other potential river cruisers. With kind regardsMr King
Hi Julie 80's Cruise - Oct 2018 Guess what, we both made it and had a fab time, the ship was much much more alive than last time, I didn't think it could get any more fun but it did !! Andy Bell was amazing, and surprisingly Chesney Hawkes had a great voice too. We didn't kill each other or throw each other over! The costumes were amazing, lots of drag queens on, must be Erasure!!S Rogers
Back Roads Touring Event to Cambridge . . . Just a quick note to say thank you for the afternoon, it was very good and definitely one to think about in the future. The whole thing rolled out very smoothly and we enjoyed it all. Many thanksMr & Mrs Way
Hi Tracey P&O Azura - 29/6/19 Thank you for all your help Saturday, me and Frank are really excited now we have booked it. You were very good and not forceful which I liked and we were not pressured into anything. A friend of mine will be coming to see you this lunchtime. I recommended you to him, and he was impressed. p.s. I couldn’t help notice something on your desk about recommended a friendMrs Sunda
Good afternoon Tracey, Thank you so much for all your help from beginning to end with our holiday to Norway. You must have despaired of me and times, but yet were very patient! That trip was a marvellous and wondrous experience which will stay long in the memory. I trust that you will have a good summer.Mr Latimer
To Julie, Tracey and all the team . . . Thank you for all your help in booking our Throwback to the 80's cruise. We had a great, great time (again), and we look forward to speaking to you again soon! Thank youE Sumner
Hello Rachel What can I say...so unexpected: many thanks to you for taking the time and trouble to do this for us, something we didn’t even think was an option. I am hopeful that we will be able to use the vouchers in the future and we really appreciate your efforts on our behalf...over and above the call of duty. With best wishes LynnLyn
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