My blog on whether to book a cruise holiday split readers 50/50. Some fear sea-sickness; others believe a cruise is something everyone has to experience at least once. So, what cruise destinations should you consider?
The Caribbean is a popular and obvious answer, but there are other possibilities to book. Cruise ship stereotypes have changed in recent years: wealthy, elderly clientele are 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, as well as 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. Cruise holidays are a combination of activities blended with relaxation.
I did speak to a cruise expert regarding sea-sickness, and they assured me that ships are heavy – you’re not likely to notice movements on board.
A sight-see in Asia
If you’re ready to embark on a long holiday, an Asia cruise offers you opportunity to get lost in exploration and go through the most beautiful places in Asia. The most visited countries include: Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, UAW, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Oman, Cambodia, Jordan, Bahrain and Malaysia. The ports of call for cruises are selected for their cultural interest and safety, so you can enjoy wandering to locations like Salalah in Oman or Penang in Malaysia without worry.
The UNESCO-accredited Georgetown in Malaysia attracts numerous tourists looking at the Penang properties market. The place is filled with culture, exciting cuisine and panoramic views.
The green and mystical Norwegian fjords
A Norwegian cruise 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 might face disappointment if you expect Ibiza-like water. But don’t despair – the place is filled with 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 struggle with holidays that don’t provide heat and sand. With Norway however, the beauty and sights can forgive dismal sunshine. I can imagine the green and blue landscapes giving me space for deep thought and analysis.
A taste of the Med
If you’re living in Europe and don’t fancy hours of travel, take flight at this European hot spot. Picture a stunning tour through history, culture and exquisite cuisine.
Sticking to staples: a dream vacation is on-board an Italy and Spain cruise ship. Another idealistic option is a tour around the many Greek Isles.
I visited Greece several times as a child and will never forget the incredible scenery. I remember walking along the docks and seeing all these large ships, wishing I could sail in one. With the country rich in cuisine, my parents pleaded for me to extend my taste buds. I managed to eat octopus yet ate crepes and pistachio ice-cream every night for two weeks.
Cruise destinations around the Med include Southern France and Malta, where you can discover the country’s strategic past. A med cruise is one of the easiest ways to learn 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 for instance, tastes more delicious abroad. At home in the UK, continental is simply toast and jam. But in Europe, it’s so much more than bread!
From the culture in Asia, to the cliffs at Norway and the beaches around the Mediterranean, there’s numerous sails to enjoy. And while the Caribbean is still an interesting choice, it’s nice to holiday at other cruise destinations.
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