What do you look for in a holiday – relaxation on the beach or thrilling adventures; experiencing cultures or immersing oneself in nature? What if we tell you that you don’t need to pick a favourite but instead, have it all? The magic word here is cruises!
Here are the top five scenic cruises which will give you an unparalleled holiday experience you will cherish forever:
- Emerald Princess, Princess Cruises
Seven-day Inner Passage of Alaska with Tracy Arm Fjord
Begin your adventure from Seattle and take a scenic trip through the Inner Passage of Alaska around the breathtaking Tracy Arm Fjord, touching upon Juneau and Skagway then onto Victoria in Canada and finally back to Seattle.
The sheer variety of natural and cultural beauty you will see on this trip is astounding. Soak in the rich native heritage at Ketchikan in Alaska along with the modern technological marvels in Seattle with the Space Needle and technological hubs. Immerse yourself in the raw natural beauty in Alaska with Tracy Arm Fjord and its glaciers and wildlife and become a child again watching whales in Juneau. Have the most memorable ride of your life dog sledding in Skagway and go back in time with the old world charm of Victoria in British Columbia. This trip will surely be an adventure into wonderland!
- Navigator of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
Seven-night Spain, France and Portugal
Departing from Southampton, UK, this scenic trip will take you from Le Havre, France to Lisbon in Portugal and Vigo in Spain before returning to Southampton.
History, culture, beaches and awe-inspiring scenery; be prepared to experience all of this when you board this cruise. Departing from the historic port of Southampton, this ship takes you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Le Havre in France. Discover the momentous beaches of Normandy or explore Paris, the ‘City of Lights’, before heading off to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. Marvel at the longest suspension bridge in Europe or relax at the stunning scenery the city has to offer as you will soon be on your way to Vigo, one of the picturesque settings in Jules Verne’s famous book, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Beautiful, historic and an absolute must-see, this trip will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.
- Superstar Gemini, Star Cruises
Five-nights Penang, Langkawi and Malacca
Board the ship at Singapore to start your holiday to Malaysia as you travel through Penang, Langkawi and Malacca on the adventure of a lifetime.
Multiculturalism at its best, this trip will take you to some of the most diversely populated places in Asia which have made their miscellany their strength. Did you know that the name Singapore is believed to have Sanskrit roots meaning ‘Lion City’? From this global financial capital which is also a melting pot of cultures, you head to Penang in Malaysia which boasts of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of George Town. Penang saw the confluence of European, Chinese, Hindu, Arabic and Malaysian cultures and has the fourth largest reclining Buddha in the world. Over 100 feet long, this gold covered statue is a sight to behold.
The archipelago of Langkawi has some astounding scenery – sun-kissed beaches, a towering Sky Bridge that lets you walk above a canopy of trees and the mysterious Pirate Lagoon and that’s what your visit next. It is a Global Geopark – a UNESCO designated area for the conservation of geological heritage and what is more – it is duty free! History and culture is back on the cards in Malacca whose historical city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy these timeless treasures on a cherished vacation.
- MSC Sinfonia, MSC Cruises
Seven-nights Venice, Italy
Begin the adventure of a lifetime from the enchanting city of Venice, Italy going onto Split, the second largest city in Croatia, then onward to the breathtaking Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos and coming back to Dubrovnik, Ancona and Venice.
Italy, Croatia and Greece are the focus of this unique cruise holiday. Venice has long been an enchanting mystery for every tourist. From its canals to the gondolas, everything about Venice screams romance, culture and history. The Croatian cities of Split and Dubrovnik continue with the theme.
Split boasts of dramatic coastal mountains and ancient monuments, whereas Dubrovnik is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Centre and was also a filming location for the popular TV series Game of Thrones!
Santorini is home to those Greek picture postcard photos of pristine white buildings against an azure sea and is related to the Atlantis myth. The glamorous party island Mykonos is known for its hugely popular beaches. Get ready to be dazzled on this trip.
- Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line
Seven-day Western Mediterranean from Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain is the starting point of this scenic cruise which then heads onto Naples, Rome and Pisa in Italy, Cannes in the French Riviera and back to Barcelona through Majorca.
Spain, Italy and the French Riviera – what do you think of when you read this? Showbiz, glamour, culture, natural beauty, gourmet food and so much more! Explore Gaudi’s architectural wonder in Sagrada Familia or absorb the creative genius of Salvador Dali in Barcelona. Great for a history buff or a party animal, this city is one of the most popular tourist haunts in the world.
The cities in Italy are no less. Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. It is close to Mt. Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii. You can explore Italy’s capital Rome and the independent country of Vatican City which lies within it. A fashion capital of the world, Rome is ideal for culture vultures, art lovers, history buffs, food and wine connoisseurs – in short, for everyone!
The Leaning Tower of Pisa, the celebrity sightings in Cannes and the beaches in Majorca – this holiday will keep throwing up one adventure after another.
So what are you waiting for? Take a pick!