5 of the world’s best places to travel by cruise ship

Beaches, Cruise, Destination Inspiration, Top 5's, Travel, Travel Ideas

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Caribbean cruise

Southern Caribbean

Just the name ‘Caribbean’ conjures visions of sapphire seas, powder-white beaches, and verdant emerald isles. And there’s plenty of all three here. But delve deeper into the region – beyond the Bahamas, Caymans, and even the British Virgin Islands – and you’ll be well rewarded with the pristine islands of the Southern Caribbean.

 

The ‘south’ is a glorious epicentre for that utopian paradise we’re all seeking when we venture on an island holiday. Some port highlights include the lush island of Dominica where waterfalls rein and exotic birds adorn rainforest, Bonaire and its world-class diving/snorkelling amidst prismatic corals, and Aruba with its ridiculously gorgeous palm-fringed beaches.

 

Best for: Untouched beauty and some of the world’s best beaches.

Our pick for cruise line that sails here: Princess Cruises.

 


 Alaska cruising

Alaska

Who says cruising has to be all about the islands? If anywhere is going to convince you to leave behind the sun and sand it’s Alaska. The grandeur of this ever-popular cruise destination is astonishing, and much of it can be admired from right on-board the ship. You will marvel at hundred-year old glaciers plummeting into the sea, dramatic fjords such as the majestic Glacier Bay (which can only be accessed by sea or air), and snow capped mountains that hug the shoreline.

 

Some of the best ports of call in this region include the attractive mountain-backed city of Vancouver (depending where you begin your Alaskan cruise), Juneau where Mendenhall Glacier is a must, and Glacier Bay National Park (though technically a cruising day). It’s not uncommon to spy a variety of wildlife such as puffins, sea otters, orcas, and even the odd bear roaming the rocky shorelines in Glacier Bay.

 

Best for: Dramatic scenery and nature.

Our pick for cruise line that sails here: Princess Cruises.

 

 

Cruise Europe


Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern region of the Mediterranean offers up the perfect mix of history-soaked towns and sun-drenched islands, from the romantic canals of Venice to the cobalt shores of the Greek islands. The region allows you to take in the antiquity of fallen empires and their ruins, stunning architecture, and brilliant-blue seas.

 

While there are so many fascinating and beautiful ports of call in this region, some of the not-to-be-missed highlights include the UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city in Dubrovnik, the beautiful island of Corfu, and the impossibly-gorgeous Santorini with its whitewashed cliff-hugging buildings that overlook sapphire seas.


Best for: History and architecture.

Our pick for cruise line that sails here: MSC Cruises.

 

 

 Milford Sound

New Zealand

With highlights like Fjordland National Park, Tauranga, and the Bay of Islands, New Zealand is one beautiful destination to see by ship. Add in the cultural highlights of the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ and it’s pretty hard to resist visiting these shores.

 

Fjordland National Park is New Zealand’s largest, and arguably the most beautiful, national park. It’s home to to the infamously gorgeous Milford Sound, with its towering jade-green peaks rising from the bay’s depths and moss-covered forests lining the shore. Be sure to take a cruise on the Sound and get up close and personal with the majestic waterfalls that cascade off the mountains.


Best for: Nature and culture.

Our pick for cruise line that sails here: Celebrity Cruises.

 

 

  Cruise French Polynesia

South Pacific Islands

The islands of the South Pacific are immensely rich in both beauty and culture. Warm welcomes and impossibly wide smiles from the locals are the norm in these parts, no matter which island you’re visiting. A typical South Pacific itinerary includes gems such as Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and depending on the length of your cruise, French Polynesia. This will see you visiting islands such as Moorea and Bora Bora, the Isle of Pines, and fascinating ports such as Lautoka, Suva, and a bunch of other great ports depending on your cruise line and itinerary.

 

You’ll get the wow factor from ports of call such as the unspoiled Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia, the less-visited island of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu, and sparkling Bora Bora in French Polynesia.

 

Best for: Lagoons, beaches, island hopping, and scenery.

Our pick for cruise line that sails here: Celebrity Cruises.

 

 

 

 

 


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