Maybe I watched too much “Suite Life On a Deck” during my youth but I’ve always thought a cruise sounded appealing. Travelling by boat, making stop-offs to explore, making friends with your fellow passengers. I like to make travelling part of the holiday, incorporating as many trains and boats as possible rather than relying on planes. It’s better for the environment, plus it’s more fun! The distance feels more real when you’re able to see how far you’re travelling.
Just like Europe is best seen by rail, there are some parts of the world that I reckon are best seen by boat. I’ve put together a list of the cruises I would love to one day take! Click on the title for more details.
One of the most popular cruise destinations is the Caribbean. Between the brightly coloured islands, the laidback island life and the history of sailing in the area, the Caribbean would be an ideal place to see via the sea. Many of the most popular ports are holiday destinations in the own right; the Bahamas, Havana, Barbados, Martinique, Tortola. Why not see all of them in one trip?
Mascarene islands are Reunion, Rodrigues and Mauritius – three tiny dot islands located near Madagascar off the south coast of Africa. Mauritius is the most beautiful place in the world! I may be slightly biased but I think the sheer geographical diversity of the place makes it stand out. Both Mauritius and Madagascar are renowned for the biodiversity and native animal species. The Seychelles and Mauritius are also renowned honeymoon destinations for their peaceful beaches and gorgeous weather. If you love hot climates, animals and tropical islands then a cruise between all these islands would be a perfect combination! Why waste time in the air when you could be viewing more of the sea life and gorgeous weather from the deck?
Norway is pretty high up on my travel bucket list. I’d love to see the cities and south of the country but I also think the fjords would be amazing. If you’re going to visit the fjords then it makes sense to go via boat – some areas are just not accessible otherwise! It’s also worth remembering that a cruise is the best way to see the Northern Lights. In a lot of areas you need to book onto a specific Northern Lights tour that involves going far out of a city to an area of low light pollution and free of tall structures, and then hang around and wait in case the Northern Lights show up. On a cruise most of those conditions are already met – and if the Lights appear, all you need to do is run up to the deck! Perfect.
I’ve been to Dubai three times now and it is a rapidly growing city. Dubai would make a great stop-off as part of a larger holiday; all those skyscrapers and highways can get a bit overwhelming otherwise! If you’re visiting these luxury destinations then you want a luxury cruise to go with it. I’m thinking a huge boat with entertainment, ballrooms and dining floors! Imagine waking up, heading on to your private balcony for some sunshine and seeing a huge gleaming city on the horizon. Perfect!
One of the longest cruise journeys in the world is from Sydney to Vancouver. I think it would be amazing to cross half the length of the world by ship! What a voyage. It’s amazing to think of our ancestors setting out on these incredibly long journeys without knowing what would await! If you’re going to travel that long a distance then you definitely want to travel in style. If indulging in a traditional cruise then you definitely want the whole shebang. I’m talking Vegas-style entertainment, on-board gardens and basketball courts on deck. Don’t forget your log book!
Have you ever been on a cruise? Where would you want to see?
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