TO celebrate CLIA’s Plan a Cruise Month this October, which this year focuses on destinations, Cruise Critic (www.cruisecritic.co.uk), the world’s largest cruise review and planning site, shares a round-up of some of the amazing places you can visit on a cruise. The good news for cruise planners is that there’s a vast array of itinerary choices available, with more ships sailing to more exotic locations, and offering longer time in port than ever before. With so many destinations to choose from, ensure you fully research options, as well as the ship, in order plan the perfect cruise.
– Bucket list cruise to the Northern Lights
A cruise is the ideal way to visit bucket list destinations, such as the Northern Lights. Providing the conditions are right, a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords can be a great way to see this natural phenomenon. Aim to travel when there’s optimum chance of clear skies and little or no moonlight – sailings from October to late March are generally ideal for the majority of destinations.
The cruise: Cruise & Maritime Voyages – Marco Polo
13-night Land of the Northern Lights cruise from Tilbury,
departs 23 October 2018
Itinerary highlights: Norway’s Alta, Tromso, Bergen.
Price: Twin ocean view cabin from £1,319pp
– Breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches
For those yearning for some rest and relaxation in the sun, a cruise is a stress-free means of travel. After all, what other holiday allows you to wake up in a new destination each day, yet unpack only once? If reaching stunning scenery is your dream, why not try a once-in-a-lifetime Hawaii cruise?
Kauai, the oldest of the eight Hawaiian Islands, was ranked the top Hawaii cruise destination by travellers, and plays host to volcanic rock, lush rain forests and valleys, and extensive stretches of white sand.
The cruise: Royal Caribbean – Radiance of the Seas
12-night Hawaii cruise from Vancouver, departs 6 September 2018
Itinerary highlights: Hilo, Kailua Kona, Kauai, Honolulu
Price: Outside cabin from £3,218pp (via Iglu Cruise)
– Cultural trips
If you love to return from your holiday feeling enriched, a cruise can take you to see multiple cultural, and historic sites. Consider brushing up on your knowledge with a trip that takes in destinations such as Rome, Venice and Athens.
The cruise: Voyages to Antiquity – Aegean Odyssey
12-night Ancient Greece & Dalmatian Coast cruise from Athens (includes 2-night hotel stay in Athens), departs 6 May 2018
Itinerary highlights: The ancient city of Mycenae, the Palace of Diocletian in Split, Venice
Price: Standard inside cabin from £2,545pp
– Winter sun escape
At the end of a long cold UK winter, why not kick the spring off with an escape to warmer climes to recharge your batteries? Best of all, is that if you don’t want to fly, a cruise means that you needn’t do so. Sail direct to the Canary Islands from the UK, and enjoy the local food, wine and sun.
The cruise: P&O Cruises – Ventura
12-night Canary Isles & Madeira cruise from Southampton, departs 28 March 2018
Itinerary highlights: La Palma, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Lisbon
Price: Outside cabin from £955pp (via Planet Cruise)
To find your perfect cruise, check out Cruise Critic’s destination and ship reviews: www.cruisecritic.co.uk/reviews