Want a holiday where the travelling is the destination in itself? Going on a cruise can be the perfect way to just sail off into the sunset everyday- literally. Luxury cruise holidays have become very affordable in recent years and have so many advantages. Cruise vacations offer great value as almost everything is included, from high class accommodation and food to entertainment and transfers. The best part is that a cruise is that it can combine a number of different destinations, or countries in one journey without the hassle of flying, packing, unpacking and transfers. Cruise holidays are ideal for large families, groups, seniors, and are probably the best family option if you have kids. Cruises range from just a few days for those on budget to two or three-week long jaunts in complete luxury. Need more inspiration? Here are the top 5 best places to go on a cruise.
Mexico, the Caribbean, and Jamaica
The most popular cruise destination in the world, the Caribbean sees cruise ships operating all year round in the region. A Caribbean cruise offers great value for money as you can visit multiple Islands. Take your pick from various Caribbean cruises – Eastern (includes Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Martinique and St Kitts), Western (includes the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Mexico) or Southern (includes Aruba, Trinidad & Tobago, amongst others. Most Caribbean cruises depart from one of the gateway ports in Florida. Best time: Between November and May, with December to April being peak season
Hawaii, Maui and Oahu
Hawaii is all about wild natural beauty. Most cruises cover the islands of Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe. Each island has something unique to offer; from cascading waterfalls in Maui as well as the Haleakala National Park, to hiking in Oahu and the four-wheel adventure trails in Kauai, which is also home to the impressive Waimea Canyon. Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Mountain are also worth a visit. Most cruises cater to children on-board with video game arcades, swimming pools and activity hours. Port of Departure: Cruises generally depart from Honolulu. Best time: December to April, with December to January being peak season
Alaska and the Inside Passage
An Alaskan cruise is a breathtaking way to see the awesome splendour of the wild Northwest of the United States. It’s the most popular cruise destination in the world after the Caribbean. Cruises cover some spectacular fjords, glaciers and mountains along Alaska’s coastline, as well as many islands, bays and inlets. All cruises go along the so-called Inside Passage, which comprises thousands of islands, fjords and mountains. Cruises mostly depart from San Francisco, Seattle or Vancouver. Best time: Early May to mid-September, with June to August being peak season
The Mediterranean and Southern Europe
Southern Europe and the Mediterranean supply ideal cruises. The natural beauty of the region, and the wonderfully diverse cultures of the countries is mindboggling. From gorgeous Italy to sunny Spain, from the vast Greek islands to Malta Turkey and the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete, all are accessible. The Western Mediterranean cruises include destinations such as Venice, Rome and Sicily in Italy, Monte Carlo, St. Tropez and Barcelona. The Southern Mediterranean cruises touch upon Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. If you’re looking for luxury, head to the Italian or French Riviera. These cruises sail from many ports, depending upon their routes. Athens, Barcelona, Lisbon and Venice are some popular departure points. Best time: April through November, with May to August being season
Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the South Pacific
The South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand are simply fabulous places to go on a cruises. Apart from the big cosmopolitan cities such as Sydney and Auckland these cruises also visit such exotic destinations such as New Caledonia, Vanuatu), the Fiji Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and other Islands. Australian cruises visit Queensland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania the Maori culture in New Zealand is also worth exploring, not to mention the extensive and gorgeous vistas of the Islands. Port of Departure: Most cruises depart from Sydney or Auckland. Best time: November to April, with December to March being peak season.