Despite having never been on a cruise before, I posted: Should You Book a Cruise Holiday? The response split 50/50 – fear of sea-sickness for many, but also the feeling that a cruise is a relaxing escape you have to experience at least once in your life. So, where do you choose for cruise destinations?
An obvious answer is the Caribbean. When I was researching however, I came across numerous choices – an endless possibility of cruise destinations.
As mentioned on my previous cruise article, the stereotypical customer has changed. The wealthy, elderly partners, are now making room for middle-aged couples and young groups of friends. Cruise companies are trying to accommodate to the millennial generation, offering package deals with flights, and providing on-board music festivals, bungee trampolines – you won’t jump off into the sea, and rock climbing activities.
Not to mention wellness centres, gyms, spas and quiet areas to read and unwind. It’s a combination of activities and relaxation, along with being able to capture a variety of places on one trip.
I did speak to someone about sea-sickness, and they assured me that ships are heavy – meaning you’re less likely to notice movements onboard. Having said that, I suppose it’s down to an individual and whether they suffer or not.
A sight-see in Asia
If you’re ready to embark on a long holiday, an Asia cruise offers the perfect opportunity to get lost in exploration and go through the most beautiful places in Asia. Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, UAW, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Oman, Cambodia, Jordan, Bahrain and Malaysia, are popular picks. The ports of call are selected for their cultural interest and their safe lifestyle, which means you can enjoy a stroll to locations like Salalah in Oman or Penang in Malaysia without worry.
The UNESCO-accredited Georgetown in Malaysia, appears to attract plenty of tourists looking at the Penang properties market. From research (trusty Google), the place is filled with culture, exciting cuisine and panoramic views.
The green and mystical Norwegian fjords
A Norwegian cruise tour can take you directly into the heart of the most beautiful fjords in Europe, if not the world. Admittedly, there are fewer beaches and you may face disappointment if you expect Ibiza-like water. From what I can see, there are fantastic swimming spots.
In a week, you can explore the fjord shorelines and uncover some of the most remote areas in Norway. What caught my eye is Bergen, the largest city along the coast.
I am a beach-girl at heart, and I struggle with visiting countries that do not provide heat and sand. But Norway looks wonderfully relaxing. I couldn’t stop searching through images – I imagine the green and blue landscapes will give me space for deep thought and analysis.
A taste of the Med
If you’re living in Europe and you don’t fancy hours of travel, take flight in this European hotspot. Picture a tour through history, culture and exquisite cuisine.
Sticking to staples, a dream vacation is on-board an Italy and Spain cruise ship. Another consideration is a tour around the many Greek Isles.
I’ve been to Greece a couple of times as a child and it holds a very dear spot in my heart. I remember walking along the docks and seeing all these large ships, wishing I could sail in one. I also remember my parents desperate for me to have a more open appetite – I did try octopus but ate crepes or pistachio ice-cream every night.
Additionally, cruise destinations along the Med include Southern France, and an in-depth discovery of Malta’s strategic past. A med cruise is probably the best way to get to know more about the sunniest places in Europe.
From Spanish tapas to Greek vine leaves, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the slow pace of life in these regions. On a second note, doesn’t everything just taste better? A continental breakfast is just beyond delicious abroad. At home, I’m thinking – okay, toast and jam. But in Europe it’s so much more than bread!
Writing about cruise destinations has been really fun for me. It’s got me desperate to go on a getaway! On my first cruise post, I couldn’t make my mind up – worrying about sea-sickness and all. Now however, I’m more certain I want to go on a cruise at least once in my life. My first choice would be the Mediterranean, where would you go?
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