If you’ve been on a cruise ship, you know it can be difficult to adequately describe just what it’s like. It’s relaxing, but action-packed. It’s luxurious, but speckled with family-friendly outings. Intimate but epic. And like most holidays, no two cruises are the same. You’ve got destinations like the Northern Light-drenched Arctic Circle on one hand, and tropically warm Peru steeped in centuries-old history on the other.

So when in doubt, let the images do the talking. Holiday photos are like colourful windows into adventure-filled pasts, and can sometimes sum things up better than words ever could. These Instagram shots give just a little peek into the supremely photogenic world that is a cruise holiday. And if you’re already a well-versed cruiser, then let the nostalgia begin with these best Instagram pictures from a cruise ship.

1. Set your sights on the city of love

Cruising can take you all over the world, and to some of the most well-known and iconic buildings of our time, including this beauty, the Eiffel Tower. When we think of a holiday on the seas we may not automatically imagine being this close to a famous landmark, but cruising does surprise you. There’s no need to catch the train or drive through The Channel – Paris’ unforgettable city of lights is just a voyage away, showcased beautifully by Royal Caribbean®‘s photographer.

2. Relaxation is key

Is there anything more relaxing than unwinding in a steaming hot jacuzzi® as you look out towards the ocean? We don’t think so. This Instagram picture from Cunard is totally worthy of your holiday inspiration, and is sure to make every cruising novice book their first trip on the waters.

3. Food glorious food

Don’t be fooled into thinking cruising is about the destination, we all know what it’s really about – the food. Cruises are famous for their menus, and with more and more luxury cruises offering several restaurants along with their main buffet, you’ll have endless choice on where to dine. This brunch of steak and eggs couldn’t look more delicious if it tried. After all, cruise food is pretty much why social media was invented

4. Look to the skies

One of the most magical experiences of all time has got to be seeing the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The colourful arrangements of greens and purples fill the sky in a kaleidoscope of swirls and lights. It truly is a breathtaking scene to behold. There are multiple places to spot this world wonder from Canada, to Finland and Iceland. This Instagram shot was taken from Carnival’s voyage to Alaska and is definitely inspiring us to head north. 

5. That view though

Cruise ships offer the most beautiful views of any holiday. Sunsets and sunrises over the water are simply spectacular, and with wraparound decks, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Viking Cruises shows off its unbeatable view while cruising through the Arctic Circle. The most amazing things about this sun-laden photo? It was taken at 1 o’clock in the morning.

6. Kids love cruising too

More and more families these days are choosing to holiday on the seas, and the reason is clear, there’s so much to do! Kids will be fully occupied, whether it be swimming in the pool, watching a film in the outdoor cinema or even rock climbing high above the water. Marella Cruises’ climbing wall is a massive family draw on Marella Discovery as kids try to beat their sibling’s time to reach the top.

7. Who says romance is dead?

Romance is alive and well onboard a cruise holiday, especially when you sail adults-only. Book a voyage with the one you love and head off to romantic destinations, pamper yourself with a couples’ massage and enjoy a fine dinning table set for two. Azamara Club Cruises is ready and waiting with wine, good food and an exceptional view. 

8. The world’s your oyster

It probably goes without saying, but cruising takes you to some pretty incredible places. You can head north past the ice-capped mountains of Greenland, to the rainforests in South America or come into port at the white sand beaches of Honduras, like in this MSC Cruises’ Instagram pic. If it’s bordered by water, you better believe there’s a ship that’ll get you there.

Did we miss any top pictures from a cruise holiday? Send us a message in the comments below and let us know what Instagram photo most inspired you to cruise.

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