Paradise escapes or city breaks?

Paradise escapes or city breaks?

Different types of travellers will always want different things from their cruise getaway. Some people may be hoping for a peaceful escape to a series of paradise islands – each more blissful than the last – while others may look for a little more excitement from their voyage with a stay in some of the world’s most impressive and bustling cities, where soaring skylines and neon-soaked streets provide the ideal setting for downtown exploration. Luckily, there are plenty of itineraries available for all types of cruiser – no matter what they want from their voyage. So read on to learn more about the diverse and amazing paradise escapes and city breaks available on a cruise when you book with Cruise118.com and set sail in style.

Paradise escapes

Antigua

A panoramic view along the coastline of Antigua
A panoramic view along the coastline of Antigua

Beautiful Antigua in the blissful Caribbean Archipelago boasts an abundance of golden sandy beaches – 365 to be exact, one for every day of the year – perfect for travellers hoping for a picture-perfect paradise escape. Antigua’s idyllic coastline also offers fantastic opportunities for scuba diving trips in the warm and welcoming crystal-blue ocean waters that surround the island.

Although natural beauty is Antigua’s main attraction, the island’s culture and heritage is also on show. You could sample some exotic native cuisine, shop for traditional souvenirs from a local market or visit historic Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour.

Bora Bora

The beautiful island of Bora Bora
The beautiful island of Bora Bora

French Polynesia is famous for its collection of paradise islands, none more so than picturesque Bora Bora, one of the region’s most remote and spectacular destinations. Encircled by a shimmering lagoon, this tiny isle is as scenic as it is secluded, with two extinct volcanoes rising from its centre and a plethora of coconut trees and exotic flora sprouting across the landscape.

When you arrive on Bora Bora you can either choose to simply lay back, relax and work on your tan, embark on a breathtaking land exploration or head into the lagoon to enjoy water sports including scuba diving, snorkelling and jet skiing – you can spend your time on the island however you please.

Hawaii

A picturesque Hawaiian beach
A picturesque Hawaiian beach

Why not say aloha to Hawaii on a sublime South Pacific cruise? The stunning 50th state is made up of several different islands, including Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii – also known as the Big Island. The island’s capital of Honolulu is one of the most popular tourist destinations and is also the most built-up and developed area of the archipelago. However, you can also visit more remote parts of Hawaii to take in the region’s incredible scenery and exotic ambience.

Visit national parks, observe amazing wildlife, relax on soft white beaches and enjoy exhilarating activities both on land and offshore – Hawaii has so much to offer. Whether you’re an intrepid thrill-seeker or a fan of the quiet life, this beautiful archipelago can cater for everyone.

City breaks

New York City

Manhattan Island in New York
Manhattan Island in New York

New York City on the east coast of the USA offers what is often considered to be the ultimate city break. This immense and iconic metropolis has been immortalised in popular culture and there is always something fascinating and impressive to discover around every corner. As a major US port, the city is regularly featured as part of North American, transatlantic and even Caribbean itineraries, so why not see the sights and sounds of the city that never sleeps for yourself on a cruise holiday?

A pre- or post-cruise stay in New York is the only way to leave enough time to truly appreciate all that the city has to offer. Whether you want to visit Manhattan’s most famous landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty and Wall Street to the Empire State Building and Times Square, or see lesser-known attractions such as the High Line Public Park and the Strand Bookstore – New York has it all.

Sydney

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

As the nation’s largest and most dynamic city, Sydney is a hub of Australian culture and heritage, with an abundance of architecture, design, art and cuisine for visitors to uncover. Also known as the Harbour City, Sydney is well known for its beautiful coastline, where inspiring ocean views and golden sandy beaches are in stark contrast to the vibrant metropolis inland.

The city is probably most famous for its iconic architecture and perhaps most significant are the stunning Sydney Opera House and the dramatic Harbour Bridge – which daring travellers can climb during their time in port. Sydney’s thriving surf culture is also a major draw for tourists and the renowned Bondi Beach is at the centre of this exhilarating lifestyle.

Athens

The ancient Acropolis in Athens
The ancient Acropolis in Athens

Athens is viewed by many as the birthplace of Western civilisation and as such, travellers will find a wealth of ancient history and fascinating archaeology across the city and its surrounding areas. Alongside the remnants of ancient Greece, Athens also boasts plenty of other wonderful attractions, including gorgeous parks and gardens, intriguing museums and galleries as well as excellent restaurants and shopping districts.

From the ancient Acropolis to the ruins of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, there’s so much remarkable history and culture on display across Athens. A guided city tour is a fantastic way to appreciate all of the region’s most famous attractions, while a pre- or post-cruise hotel stay offers ample time to explore on your own.

We offer an amazing selection of cruises to paradise islands and iconic metropolises at Cruise118.com, so take a look through our website for all the latest deals and itineraries. Alternatively, call our expert Cruise Concierge team on 0808 1234 118 for information and advice about all of the cruises currently available.

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Jenni Fielding
Jenni has been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. She fell in love with cruising on her first-ever cruise, a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas, during her honeymoon in 2013. Nowadays, Jenni enjoys cruising with her husband and two young children. Her favourite ships are family-friendly megaships which are packed with exciting facilities. She loves sea days and had been known to skip port visits to spend more time on the ship!

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