The great thing about cruising is that it ticks lots of boxes:
Getting away from it all – check.
Discovering new places – check.
Catching some rays – check.
Trying out lots of different food – double-check.
Of course, there’s always more than one thing which captures our interest when on holiday but if you’ve got a particular passion which you think should always play a role in your cruise, here’s a look at some of the ideal destinations for you.
If spending as much time as possible by the pool on a sun lounger or soaking up the rays on an idyllic beach is what your cruise is all about, then the Caribbean is the ideal destination for you. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches and the laid-back vibe of the islands will suit your holiday outlook perfectly.
On the opposite end of the scale, if you’re the type of person who thinks that every moment spent sat still or on the ship is a wasted opportunity, you can channel your inner Shackleton with a cruise to the awesome expanse that is Antarctica. Or for that matter, the opposite end of the world, with an Arctic adventure. You’ll be able to see for yourself awesome icebergs, ice-capped polar peaks and glaciers, with some cruises offering the chance to visit sights of famous expeditions past.
The polar regions are go-to destinations if you’re a nature-lover too. There are a host of exhilarating excursions available, which will get you up close and personal (but not too close) with polar bears, killer whales, seals and penguins. Similarly, Alaska is another wildlife-rich region, while the Norwegian Fjords cruise will take you to one of the world’s most spectacularly beautiful coastal regions.
The cruise ship buffet is all you’ll need to sample a host of dishes from around the world but if you’re serious about your food, a cruise to a region where you can taste some particularly fine dishes in their place of origin is a given. A Mediterranean cruise is perfect for sampling Italian, Spanish and French cuisine, while the Far East is in a culinary class of its own with literally thousands of food outlets ready to tease your palate in any given port of call.
If getting under the skin of a country’s past is a vital factor of your holiday, then there are some destinations which particularly fit the bill. A cruise around the Baltics will introduce you to some of Europe’s oldest cities, such as Copenhagen and Tallinn with hundreds of years of history to unearth. Similarly, a Mediterranean voyage is your gateway to such historical giants as Rome, Venice Barcelona and Istanbul. And don’t forget South America, where you’ll be able to explore ancient sites once populated by the Mayans Incas and Aztecs – some of the world’s oldest civilisations.
There are plenty of places you can escape to if you’re in search of some sun but it will come as no surprise that the Caribbean is top of the list. With a huge choice of itineraries and cruise lines to choose from, there’s a region why it’s such a popular cruise destination. For some of that famous Florida sun meanwhile, you could begin your Caribbean sun-seek in Miami or Orlando, while further down the coast, South America boasts its fair share of rays to say the least. If you’re really serious about your sun and have been everywhere else, then a journey to the other side of the world, to the beaches of the South Pacific and Australia, would be just perfect.