Indonesia – The Total Solar Eclipse
This phenomenon occurs every 18 months, the moon passes between the sun and earth which blocks out the sun’s rays casting a shadow over the earth. You need to be in the right position to get the best view, preferably in the path of the moon’s shadow. The best place to view it is on the deck of the cruise ship of course, it can manoeuvre into the best spot for observing. On the open sea, there won’t be anything blocking your panoramic view, of one of the galaxies most beautiful occurrences.
Holland America Line offers a 16-night, Indonesian Explorer & Solar Eclipse cruise onboard MS Volendam. Sailing from Singapore 1st March, this sailing calls in at the ports of Jakarta, Semarang, Probolinggo, Ujung Padang, Komodo, Lombok and Bali. The Total Eclipse takes place at 10am on 9th March when Volendam will be in Makassar Strait. Prices from £1,489.35 per person.
France – The 100th Anniversary of the Somme
The 1st July 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with special services held over a number of memorial locations in the Picardy region of France. One of the main events will take place at Thiepval Memorial where over 10,000 people attending.
Avalon Waterways are offering a 9-day, First World War-themed river cruise, embarking from Amsterdam on 4th April 2016. Prices start from £1,841 per person with flights included. You’ll get two complimentary excursions covering the battlefields in Ghent and war graves in Eastern Flanders. Plus war historian and author of ‘Peace and War’, Nigel Jones will be guest lecturer onboard sharing his knowledge.
Monaco – The Grand Prix
This world-class sporting event is steeped in history with the French Rivera, there’s no better place to see the Grand Prix than in glittering Monaco. Dating back since 1929 the Monaco Grand Prix takes place from 26th to 29th May this year. Expect VIP parties, supercar-filled streets and celebrity and royal spectators dripping in designer-finery.
Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Quest offers a 5 night Monaco Grand Prix voyage, embarking from Nice, France 25th May 2016. Calling in at Livorno – Italy, Saint-Tropez, Cannes on the French Rivera and Monte Carlo. Prices from £1,699 per person.
Denmark – The Shakespearean Anniversary
Culture buffs take note, as August marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. One of his most celebrated plays, Hamlet was believed to be set in Elsinore, Denmark. There will be three weeks of theatre, cinema and concerts at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore starting from 1st August. Take a cruise exploring the Baltic capitals to really get into the Scandi-spirit.
Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Homelands cruise departs 7th August from Stockholm, calling into Copenhagen, where you can take a tour to Kronborg Castle. Sailing on the all-new Viking Star, you’ll be treated to Scandi-chic at its best, prices from £5,199 per person.
Russia – The Tolstoy Trail, ‘War and Peace’
Sailing the Baltic Sea is an ambition for any avid cruiser, the new BBC drama adaptation of ‘War and Peace’ is sure to inspire you to visit the grand palaces of St Petersburg. Highlights include the baroque-style architecture of Catherine Palace, and the Hermitage Museum formally known as the Winter Palace.
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse is sailing from Southampton to Scandinavia and Russia from 30th April to 26th August 2016. Check out our current deals for Celebrity Cruises, buy one get one half price, a free ‘Classic Drinks Package’ and a free balcony stateroom upgrade.* Terms and conditions apply. 7 nights cruises from £1,199 per person.
Barbados – 50 Years of Independence
November this year marks Barbados’ 50 years of independence from British rule, so there will be plenty of festivities to be had. The annual Independence Day celebrations take place on 30th November. This national holiday will feature a sporting event, parades, fairs and festivals and of course, a carnival.
Thomson Discovery will make Barbados its home port for winter 2016/2017. You can have a two-week cruise and stay in Barbados from £1,1518pp including flights and transfers, to truly explore all the island has to offer.
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