Best Cruise Holidays – Top Destinations

The guide to help you choose the right Cruise

 

 

It’s that time of the year AGAIN when you see all your friends and family goes out to see the world. And here you are listening to the endless talks and liking those “take me back” pictures on Facebook and Instagram which they will keep posting for weeks after coming back. Don’t worry, I’m here to help you out in case you are still deciding where to go!

My idea is to go on a Cruise trip. It’s always interesting to experience and discover something different, something out of the norm! There are several Cruise rides in the world and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choices, especially if it’s your first time. I’m going to ease your already busy schedule A LOT by choosing some of the best Cruise Holiday Destinations.

Here are my top 8 destinations to experience the best Cruise Holidays. All of these are astonishingly amazing and are listed in no particular order. Browse through and see which one is for you.

1. The Caribbean

Curacao Beach

The Caribbean is by far the most popular cruise destination. More ships cruise the Caribbean than any other region of the world. The ships operating and running whole year round. Going on a Caribbean cruise is both affordable and adventurous.

Caribbean islanders have a happy, smiling attitude as warm as the region’s climate itself and you’ll find them eager to welcome you to this wonderful place. Sun-kissed shores give way to cheerily colourful, bustling ports, market towns and lush, forested interiors on the various islands you’ll hop between, from atmospheric Aruba and beautiful Barbados to exciting Jamaica and the chic Bahamas.  It would be a shame not to explore as many islands as you can on a Caribbean cruise.

Things to do in the Caribbean

  • Swim with stingrays in Grand Cayman
  • Hike through a cloud forest in Puerto Rico
  • Dive in Curacao on a full moon
  • Join a turtle watch in Nevis
  • Dive with sharks in the Bahamas
  • Swim under a waterfall in Grenada
  • Spot humpbacks in the Dominican Republic

Best time to visit: November – May

>>Click Here To Book The Caribbean Cruise<<


2. The Mediterranean

Ibiza, Spain

Cruises around the Med take in some of the most beautiful sights in Europe, so it’s not hard to see why they are one of the most popular holidays. This is best if you want to soak in the sun and enjoy the weather.

The natural beauty will leave you in awe. It is worth every penny to go and explore the various different cultures of the countries around. From ravishing Italy to sunlit Spain, get some taste of the French countryside and explore the Greek architecture.  Discover the dramatic coastlines of Croatia and Montenegro.

Things to do in the Mediterranean

  • Visit the impressive Sagrada Família in Barcelona
  • Browse Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
  • Sunbathe in St Tropez
  • Scuba dive to underwater caves in Malta
  • Have a flutter in the famous Monte Carlo Casino
  • Tour the ancient ruins of Athens

Best time to visit: April – November

>>Click Here To Book The Mediterranean Cruise<<


3. Alaska

Glacier Peak, Alaska

If you are one of those who likes to stay away from the trends and are not afraid of trying different things, then Alaska is the place for you. Even if you are going in summers, make sure to pack your woollens as this place is always cold and the weather is unpredictable.

To say that Alaska is beautiful would be a tremendous understatement. It is an intriguing, culturally diverse destination with thousands of miles of scenic coastline that make it a natural draw for cruise ships. Sail along the Inside Passage to visit the immense ice formations of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, as well as popular ports such as Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau, the only U.S. state capital that’s not accessible by car.

Take lots of pictures and then brag about it to make your friends jealous (just kidding though)!

Things to do in Alaska

  • Explore the Small Towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan
  • visit Denali National Park
  • Trek the Mendenhall Glacier
  • book an excursion like a whale-watching adventure in Juneau or a tour through a grizzly bear country in Ketchikan.
  • Sip Some Alaskan Brews
  • Take a helicopter tour to the peaks of Denali Mountain

Best Time to Travel – from May to September.

>>Click Here To Book The Alaskan Cruise<<


4. Bahamas

Barefoot Beach, Coco Cay, Bahamas

Looking for paradise? Find it nestled between the clear turquoise waters and pristine beaches of a Bahamas cruise. Nassau, capital of the Bahamas, a tiny island teeming with Bahamian and British, is the perfect place to begin your cruise, offering plenty of opportunities to laze on the beach and snorkel the bright coral reefs. Wander Fort Charlotte’s imposing walls and shop till you drop at numerous boutiques, markets and malls.

A mixture of colonial and modern, the history of these islands is as breath-taking as their beaches and many offerings will pleasantly surprise you. Visit the world’s largest open-air marine aquarium, or just lie back with a famous ‘Switcher’, a mixture of lime and fresh coconut water, on the beach. You are sure to return home from your cruise refreshed, renewed and Bahamian dreaming for many years to come.

Things to do in the Bahamas

  • Snorkel the coral reefs of CocoCay
  • Lounge on unspoilt beaches
  • Visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum
  • Browse the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

>>Click Here To Book The Bahamas Cruise<<


5. Bermuda

Pink Sand Beaches in Bermuda

Pink sand beaches, yes you read it right! Bermuda has pink sand beaches which makes it one of the most picturesque destination. Bermuda’s mix of British colonial and African influences have made the islands a rich blend of architectural, social and cultural influences. The wonderfully varied landscapes of lush vegetation and spectacular beaches making cruises to Bermuda an alluring choice.

Bermuda has numerous world-class golf courses. Dining out is an absolute delight here. Whether it’s a world-renowned five-star hotel or a roadside cafe,  your meal will be fresh, flavoursome and, well, just fantastic. Find your little slice of paradise with Bermuda cruise.

Things to do in Bermuda

  • Dive to underwater shipwrecks
  • Snorkel amidst coral reef
  • Play golf
  • Go kayaking and yachting
  • Visit Fort St Catherine, a fort turned history museum

Best time to visit: April to October

>>Click Here To Book The Bermuda Cruise<<


6. Norway

Fjords, Mountains & Glaciers

Ever dreamt of kayaking down with fjords? Well, here in Norway your dream can come true to its existence. Experience one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. You may have admired their awe-inspiring beauty in photographs or on TV, but the only way to really experience their magnificence is to actually sail through them. Breathtaking fjords, shimmering waterfalls and scenic mountain village habitats would leave anyone mesmerised.

Pretty towns like Hammerfest, waiting to welcome cruise passengers as they step ashore to enjoy local markets or explore the whaling museum. Meet friendly locals who will help you get the taste of their culture and heritage and of course their cuisine.

Things to do in Norway

  • See the amazing Pulpit Rock in Stavanger
  • Kayak past rugged mountains and waterfalls in Skjolden
  • Take the cable car up Mount Ulriken in Bergen
  • See the incredible Seven Sisters Waterfall in Geiranger
  • Hike through breathtaking scenery

Best time to visit: June – August

>>Click Here To Book The Norway Cruise<<


7. The Mexican Riviera

Xel-Ha Park, Mexico

Mexico has been known for its beautiful scenic beaches and rich Mayan heritage. This charming region has year-round sun makes it the ideal holiday choice.

You can enjoy a mix of the glamour and modernity of the city and the colourful fishing villages, beach resorts and lush forests of Mexico. Take a magical ‘jungle beach’ boat trip through lush vegetation to see colourful local wildlife and sparkling waterfalls. Fishing trips, scuba diving, whale and sea-lion watching trips as well as visits to bustling local markets and lazy days soaking up the sun, there’s something for everyone during cruises to the Mexican Riviera.

Things to do in the Mexican Riviera

  • Explore the jungle of Puerto Vallarta on horseback
  • Scuba dive amidst a medley of sea life
  • Watch dolphins and sea lions at La Paz
  • Browse the art galleries of Puerto Vallarta
  • Discover prehistoric cave paintings in Loreto

Best time to visit: December – February

>>Click Here To Book The Mexico Cruise<<


8. Asia and The Far East

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

An Asia cruise combines a richly fascinating past, an enthralling, exhilarating present and the most mind-bogglingly incredible future – treat yourself to a taste of all that on amazing Far East and Asia cruises. Vibrant cities, ancient sights and colourful cultures: Asia travel is both a rewarding and immersive experience.

Embark on Beijing tours to the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven or the infamous Tiananmen Square. Hong Kong is known as one of the world’s best food destinations, so embark on a Hong Kong cruise and take your taste buds on an adventure, too. In Japan, sail to Okinawa Island, where beautiful beaches await.

Cruises from Singapore are the gateway to the Far East, Arabian Gulf or even India. If you want to go on a serene religious experience, then India is the perfect place for you. Dock at Cochin and you could sail the Kerala backwaters, it is the most calming and breathtaking tour, I’ve ever taken.

Things to do in Asia & The Far East

  • Walk over centuries of history on The Great Wall of China
  • Stroll through the serene Singapore Botanical Gardens
  • Marvel at the Grand Palace of Bangkok
  • Gaze upon the awe-inspiring Mount Fuji poised above Tokyo
  • Laze on the white-sand beaches of the Philippines
  • Dive and snorkel on the paradise island of Bali
  • Sail through Kerala Backwaters in India

Best time to visit: October – March

>>Click Here To Book Asia and the Far East Cruise<<


I’m sure you’ll enjoy your Cruise holiday so much that you’ll plan your next as soon as you return home. No other type of holiday offers the wonderful entertainment, fine dining options, enjoyable activities and the chance to visit some of the world’s mind-blowing destinations.

Which one you found the most exciting and would want to visit? Or if you’ve been to any of these or any other cruise destination which is not on the list, please share your experience. I would be more than glad to know.

Want to know about clever tips and tricks on Cruise travel, then check out my post – Best Cruise Tips and Tricks.



                    

20 Comments

    1. Thank you Jayde for the compliment. Indeed, it would be a memorable one. Thank you for stopping by.

    1. Thank you John for sharing this post with your friends & family. Glad you liked it.

  1. Wow, all the cruises highlighted offer such a dreamy experience and makes it quite had to choose one from the other. But this article gives a very good idea of what to expect when choosing which continent to cruise in.

    1. Thank you Anita. I’m glad you liked the article and found it useful. Yes, you are right in pointing that out that every cruise offers very different experience to the travellers. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Thanks for sharing, we have wanted to do a cruise now for quite some time. There are to many that I want to do, I think its a great way to see a few places that are on your travel list so you can see if you want to go back and spend time there.

    1. Thank you Linsey for stopping by. Yes, Cruising is a great choice if you want to cover few places on your holidays. Glad you liked the post.

  3. Awesome! Looking over your site makes me sigh……………..I want to go to ALL of those places…. Great site, great organization and GREAT PICS!!!

  4. Worth information and beautiful place to make a trip, thanks for this article!

  5. Wow! Now I want to go travel! Each and every cruise has something that I would want to experience. If I had to pick one, it would have to be Bermuda or the Mediterranean. The pink sand beaches I had no idea about and being able to visit so many countries in the Mediterranean would be a dream come true. If you had to pick a month to visit either of these locations, which month would it be? Thank you for all of this inspiring information.

    1. Thank you Colleen for stopping by.
      If you have chosen Bermuda or The Mediterranean, then you are like me. Love beaches and water sports! I would choose either the start of the season that is April or towards the end by Sep/Oct since the peak summer can be very busy and congested for my comfort!

  6. Thank you for such a great story. My aunt just left on an Alaska cruise and now i have some choices for my next trip.

    1. Thank you Daniel for stopping by. Alaska Cruise is one of the best and unique cruise experience. I’m sure your Aunt will have many stories to tell once she’s back home!

  7. Wow, such beautiful pictures. I have always wanted to go on a cruise but couldn’t figure out where I wanted to go. This site has helped me make up my mind. Now all I need to do is start saving but at least I have a goal and a destination. Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Taianne for stopping by. I’m glad you liked the article and found it useful.

  8. Thanks for some great information about cruises available. Some friends have just returned from a cruise around Norway which they say was stunning. I am interested in taking a cruise around the Bahamas, hopefully sometime next year. I will bookmark for future.
    Thanks again, Mark.

    1. Your welcome Mark. Norway is one of the most scenic Cruise destinations indeed. I’m sure your friends have many stories to tell.
      Bahamas again a great destination as you can see in the pictures. Now you know where to come for booking your Cruise holiday 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by.

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