A brand new year full of exciting possibilities is just around the corner! Some of the world’s biggest global events are just a sailing away. Here’s how you should time your trips of 2018 to make sure you cruise to the right place at the right time!

FIFA Soccer World Cup 2018

St Petersburg, Russia – 14th June-15th July 2018

The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup will take place in the summer of 2018 in Russia. There’s no bigger sporting event on earth than football’s quadrennial international championship, which draws more television viewers than even the Olympic Games. Luckily for our football-loving cruisers, the popular Russian port of St Petersburg just happens to be one of the main host cities of the tournament. The city will host  seven matches in its newly-constructed 68,000 capacity Krestovsky Stadium, including the semi-finals of the tournament. Let’s just hope England make it!

Rio Carnival 2018

Rio De Janerio – 9-14th February 2018

Each year, the world’s largest carnival comes together over a period of a week, reuniting two million people per day on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s carnival is a unique combination of Portuguese and African culture. After the Portuguese colonized Brazil, they brought over what was originally a food festival as a last time to eat before fasting for the 40 days of lent. Gradually over time, the influence of African culture in Brazil brought in new rhythms, music and dancing, transforming the carnival into the party it is known as today. Cruising into this Brazilian city on Carnival makes for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Songkran (Thai New Year)

Laem Chabang (For Bangkok) – 13th April 2018

With the latest boom in Asian itineraries, we couldn’t leave Thailand’s most famous festival off the list! The Buddhist festival of Songkran is a festival that marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. In more recent times, the throwing of water has become a huge part of the annual celebrations. When you visit, don’t be surprised if you get splashed as crowds of people roam around throwing buckets of water, using water pistols and just generally soaking anyone in the vicinity! Appreciation of family is another important aspect of the festival, with many Thai people making their way to their hometowns to spend time with relatives – leaving Bangkok somewhat quieter than usuall!

Formula One Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco – 27th May 2018

Monaco hosts arguably the most exciting and iconic race in the F1 calendar – and with plenty of cruise lines visiting the region, you don’t have to look far to find a cruise that offers you chance to experience the thrill of the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix. Arriving early on race day morning will ensure you have plenty of time to enjoy the pre-race atmosphere, before taking your seat in the stands to watch the world’s greatest drivers push themselves to the limit, racing their 200mph, multi-million pound speed machines through the streets and tunnels of the glamourous principality. If you’re a fan of motorsport, or simply have a ‘need for speed’, this is an experience that’s not to be missed.

Mardi Gras Festival

New Orleans – 13th February 2018

Mardi Gras is the biggest celebration the city of New Orleans hosts every year. This magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered party is laced with tradition and is all about having a good time! It’s one of the largest cultural celebrations in the country, and definitely one of the most famous. It’s a gigantic carnival, signifying the start of Lent, and boy do they know how to party. Everywhere you go, the streets are filled with dancing, music, masks, costumes and beads. Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, is one of the biggest and best parties of the year – so make sure you’re there to experience it all!

Time to set sail?

These magical events are just a sailing away! Take a look at our latest deals – you’re sure to find that cruise you’ve been dreaming of! Or simply call our friendly team of experts on 0800 027 8302 – they’ll have you heading off on a relaxing escape in no time!

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