Is there a place in the world you’ve always dreamed of visiting? Well, with cruise lines sailing to some of the most remote corners of the world – from the beautiful shores of the Caribbean to the picturesque scenery of the Norwegian Fjords and the spectacular glaciers of Alaska – we’ve put together the ultimate cruise holiday bucket list.
The Amazon, South America
No nautical experience will come close to this one! What better way to see one of the world’s most undiscovered gems than travelling by cruise ship. As the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon offers some amazing travel experiences including wildlife spotting, exploring native villages and jungle trekking. But nothing will compare you for the stunning greenery that surrounds you!
Known as the land of the midnight sun and adored for its icy glaciers, Alaska has become a hotspot with avid cruisers over recent years. Sailing the Alaskan waters is the kind of experience that will stay with you forever – snow-capped mountains, majestic ice bergs and frozen waterfalls – yes, this is no average voyage. And that’s not all this striking state was blessed with, when you dig a little deeper this frozen landscape is also known for its unique wildlife sightings and intriguing history.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Russia’s capital seems to feature on everyone’s travel list lately, and it all comes down to two things – its magnificent buildings and impressive museums. Plus, gaining recognition for its art, ballet and opera, St. Petersburg has also been descried as Russia’s cultural heart. So, if you’ve always wanted to see those famous golden domes for yourself, you’re in luck – there are plenty of Baltic cruises which call at this intriguing city.
Making its way onto more and more cruise itineraries after its sudden surge in popularity, Dubrovnik is now a firm favourite among ocean enthusiasts. With a serene location overlooking the Adriatic Ocean, this medieval diamond flaunts pedestrianised streets, an old harbour and impressive city walls. Plus, after its starring role in the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, this ancient port has never been more popular.
Bridgetown remains a dream cruise port with travellers all over the world. Located on the southwest coast of Barbados, this capital city offers a combination of British and Caribbean touches with its blend of colonial tradition and laid-back island vibes. Are you looking for a paradise island which offers something more than just beaches? Then grab a Caribbean cruise that sails to Bridgetown. With high-end shops, a fun nightlife and great dining spots, this island is so much more than white sand and blue skies.
Is it just us, or is there something compelling about Tokyo? With technology which is two decades ahead of its time, beautiful springtime blossoms and one of the world’s most intriguing cultures – this Japanese capital is a port you won’t want to miss out on. Walking round this city is the best way to take in the ambiance, stumble across secluded temples and try the tasty street food. Whatever it is you choose to do, Tokyo never ceases to amaze.
With major cruise lines all hitting Norway’s stunning fjordland including Royal Caribbean®, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line, exploring these scenic gems has never been easier. Described by many as one of the most beautiful sailing routes on the planet, don’t be surprised if you keep pinching yourself when you’re out on deck. Make sure you have your camera at the ready too – after all, it’s not every day you come across brightly-coloured houses, towering jagged cliffs and dramatic waterfalls!
If you haven’t stepped foot on Cuban soil yet, we suggest you start with a trip to the quirky capital Havana. Pumping with energy with its upbeat music venues and lively streets, this city has an infectious personality that most who visit can’t get enough of. Better known for its cigar-smoking, salsa dancing and old-fashioned cars, there’s no wonder Havana has been described as one of the Caribbean’s top-rated cities.
The Galapagos Islands
Hurray! The Galapagos Islands are on the list, and rightly so! Not your typical tropical islands, this volcanic archipelago are famous for one main reason – they served as the inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Each island has a different appeal, but for many, the marine species that live here are the real front-runner. Visitors can get up close and personal with everything from sea lions to mantas and green sea turtles. Although not many cruise lines go here, you’ll be happy to know Celebrity Cruises have some amazing Galapagos Island itineraries.
Tauranga, New Zealand
Nothing says voyage of a lifetime quite like Tauranga in New Zealand. For those of you who don’t know much about this city, let’s show you why we’re so fond of it. As one of New Zealand’s busiest ports and the country’s fifth largest city, you can expect big things from Tauranga. It’s not just for sun seekers though, with everything from hiking, white-water rafting and even surfing opportunities, outdoorsy types will be in their element.
New Orleans, USA
There are so many reasons why you should consider ticking New Orleans off your bucket list! If it’s not the contagious party atmosphere of Bourbon Street, it has to be its beautiful Southern architecture. The food is something worth celebrating as well! Known for their distinct Cajun and creole dishes, make sure you take some time out to sample the local cuisine – trust us, it’ll be worth it!
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