Whilst we all love a short and sweet week-long cruise, or even just a few days on the waves, sometimes it just isn’t enough time to truly get into the groove of life at sea. Sadly, no holiday can last forever, but there are some voyages that we are able to enjoy for longer than others. Here are a few of the best destinations for longer duration cruises.
With history both colonial and ancient, exotic animals and fantastical natural beauty, you’ll love your long-haul cruise to Central America.
In Guatemala you can view the daily eruptions of Vulcan Fuego from a safe distance or visit the UNESCO listed Spanish colonial ruins of Antigua.
History lovers will be enamoured with Belize thanks to the spectacular Mayan ruins which include the ancient city of Altun Ha and the magnificent Xunantunich temple.
Honduras’ island of Roatan is an animal lover’s paradise, with an Iguana farm and the Gumbalimba wildlife park.
Take a guided tour through the gorgeous rainforests of Costa Rica and visit the ancient rock drawings of El Farallon.
In Nicaragua, visit Granada to take in the neoclassical grandeur of the 15th Century Cathedral or tantalise your tastebuds at the Chocolate Museum.
Panama has more UNESCO world heritage sites than you can shake a stick at, including Panama City’s old town of and the Spanish colonial fortress of Fort San Lorenzo. It’s also home to the Panama Canal, one of the seven man made wonders of the world and a popular route for many longer duration cruises with lines like Princess Cruises, Cunard, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.
With incredible food and captivating historical sites, there are so many reasons to cruise South America with the likes of Celebrity Cruises.
Cruise to Brazil and visit Rio de Janeiro. Here you can relax and sunbathe on the vast sands of Copacabana or Impanema beach. Or for a more active visit, hike up to the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer statue. Or even take a guided wildlife tour through the Amazon rainforest.
Carnivores will adore Buenos Aires, Argentina, the steak capital of the world. This city isn’t only fabulous for foodies though. Stroll around the elegant Plaza de Mayo to see the prettily pink Presidential Palace and the neoclassical pillars of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Or visit the vibrant and colourful neighbourhood of La Boca.
Peru is a haven of rich history. From the UNESCO world heritage site San Francisco Monastery and Cathedral, to the magnificent Incan ruins of Pacachamac, to the fascinating Larco Herrara museum, which sits atop a stupendous 7th century pyramid.
Hike in the stunning lake district of Chile with its incredible snow-capped volcanoes. Visit the sixteen world heritage churches of the exquisite Chiloe Island or white-water raft on the Petrohoe river.
And you simply can’t pay a visit to Uruguay without seeing Colonia Del Sacremento, the picturesque Portuguese colonial town declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Comprised of Canada and the USA, there are excesses of incredible places to stop when cruising North America with cruise lines like Royal Caribbean and Cunard.
In Quebec, Canada, you can wander around the UNESCO listed fairy tale French scenery of old Quebec. Take a selfie in front of Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac, the world’s most photographed hotel. Or hike in the beautiful Gaspesie national park.
Toronto, Canada, is only a stone’s throw away from the phenomenal natural splendour of Niagara Falls, arguably the most famous waterfall in the world.
In the United States you can stop in the port of Los Angeles to see the Hollywood sign, stroll along the Walk of Fame, and perhaps spot a celebrity. A visit to San Francisco, on the other hand, will allow you to take in the gigantic Golden Gate Bridge, and go on a terrifying tour of Alcatraz Island. And who can forget New York City, with the Empire State building, Statue of Liberty, and sprawling Central Park.
Made up of Australia, New Zealand, and the amazing islands of Polynesia, Australasia is a place of rich cultural variety and jaw-dropping natural wonders.
On cruises to Australia, a common highlight is Sydney. Here, you will encounter beauty both man-made and innate. The Harbour Bridge and Opera House are examples of superb architectural genius, whilst the Great Barrier Reef is a mind-blowing underwater landscape filled with marvellous creatures.
A New Zealand cruise is perfect for nature enthusiasts, and the Fiordland National park is certain to be a favourite spot. The deep fjords and enormous mountains of this park will take your breath away, and it’s a wonderful place for bird spotting too. Keep your eyes peeled for a Tawaki crested penguin, a Kakapo flightless parrot, or a Takahe bird.
Visit the pacific island of Samoa to hike ancient volcanoes and tropical rainforests. Get close and personal with incredible aquatic life at the Palolo deep marine reserves, swim in the blissful waters of the To Sua ocean trench or, visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum to learn about the author most associated with beautiful tropical islands.
Eat delicious tacos, sip yummy cocktails, and relish in the calm of the Playas (beaches) of Mexico, with regular sailings from Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.
When docking in Acapulco, be sure to head to the 1600’s fort of San Diego, built to protect the inhabitants of Acapulco from pirates. And for a show that’s sure to excite, wander over to the Quebrada Cliff to watch the death-defying divers from the edge of your seat.
Cabo San Lucas is an excellent port for marine life. From December to April you can spot migrating whales frolicking among the waves, and you can scuba dive at the Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve year-round. Make certain you visit the majestic natural rock arch of Arco de San Lucas, and for a touch of the romantic, head to Lover’s beach.
For your tastebuds, head to the ports of Ensenada and Mazatlan. Ensenada is home to some of Mexico’s finest vineyards, so it’s a beloved port for wine drinkers. Mazatlan, on the other hand, is where you can dine on some truly phenomenal seafood.
So, don’t be afraid to get in it for the long-haul, and head to one of our longer duration cruise destinations. These brilliant world cruises to America and Australasia are full of sensational destinations and amazing sights to see. Whether you prefer South America, Central America, North America, Australasia or the Mexican Riviera, we have the cruise deals to take you there.