Queen Victoria, Cunard's newest cruise ship
Queen Victoria, Cunard's newest cruise ship flickr

The eyes of the world have turned to the UK once again, this time for the 2012 Olympics. Are you one of the estimated 11 million spectators currently visiting London for the festivities?

Perhaps you are one of millions of Londoners already eagerly watching the capital evolve into the heart of the Olympic Games. Or maybe you're desperate to join the estimated 10 million people who have already escaped the country to get away from the crowds that have descended on London!

Where would you rather be? Stuck in traffic on one of the diversions leading into London? Possibly squashed between bodies on the tube or waiting endlessly for your turn to get on a train? All the while, suffering the 'typical English summer' rain hammering down from above!

Instead, For a moment close your eyes and imagine a slight breeze as you lay out on the deck of your ship as it cruises by, the sound of waves lapping against the side far down below, the warm sun shining on your face while you ponder moving to do one of the many possibly activities. Truthfully, where would your ideal location be this summer?

Research from travel technology provider Amadeus shows that overseas' holidays during the course of the Olympics will be taken by one in five British adults. Amadeus managing director Diane Bouzebiba commented: "While the Olympics undoubtedly presents a very exciting prospect for a lot of people, our survey shows that there are also plenty who are looking to get away."

That could be you on relaxing on holiday. However, this may be the chance to do something a bit different than the usual beach retreat. Cruises may be an option to consider if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Consider the unmissable Cunard cruise offers for this summer. Stay on board either the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Elizabeth or the Queen Victoria, and unwind with "White Star Service". A Cunard cruise combines luxurious travel with the cultural experience of a cruise line that has a unique sense of history, as royalty and iconic celebrities have sailed with Cunard.

The beauty of a cruise is not being limited to just one location. Each cruise visits several destinations, offering cultural trips to break up the time spend on-board enjoying an array of buffets and restaurants, various swimming pools, as well as countless other activities and forms of entertainment.

Wherever you envisage your London Olympics 2012 getaway cruise, there's a cruise line that will cater for your needs. Royal Caribbean UK cruises offer not only luxury but adventure for adults and children alike. Children up to 17 years old can spend time in the educational but fun Adventure Ocean club. Adults can enjoy the spa or a show then everyone can meet up again as a family to skate on the ice rink. The possibilities are endless.

Cruises are the holiday without the traffic or the hassle. So while tourists continue to descend on an already crowded London, where would you rather be?