Imagine visiting multiple destinations and only unpacking your suitcase once, a world where you can close your eyes and drift off to sleep in a luxury room and wake up in the next spot.
No rush to the airport, no traffic, no connecting flight.
If you’re looking for a way to minimise stress on holiday then choose the path where the only thought you’ll have when you wake up is which breakfast buffet to hit.
Here’s a list of the 8 most amazing cruise holidays.
The Cunard Line Transatlantic
Take a trip on the world’s largest ocean liner with the transatlantic Cunard Line and its iconic Queen Mary 2. The voyage has been in operation for over 175 years and is a throw back to a time before the airplane.
The 8 day cruise from Southampton/London to New York is famous for its unbeatable entertainment and dining options.
The Hemingway Hideaways Cruise
With Cuba all but opened up to the USA there are some great new cruise routes. You’ll check a few places off the list with this 12 night Azamara cruise named after legendary writer Ernest Hemingway.
Highlights include Key West, New Orleans, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and an overnight stay in Havana.
The Lofoten Islands
This Arctic archipelago sets the scenery bar high even by Norwegian standards. From fishing villages straight out of a postcard to amazing shore excursions to the world-famous fjords which tower over tourists daily there’s no shortage of eye candy.
The P&O Cruises offer of 18 nights full board is one of the great deals in the business.
Brazil via Silverseas
For those with an extra couple zeros in the bank account you can’t go wrong with a 19 day Silversea cruise from Buenos Aires to Bridgetown, Barbados.
The Brazil-heavy itinerary has three days to visit Rio de Janeiro (which can be timed with Carnival) as well other treasures like Santos, Buzios, and Natal.
Alaska to Vancouver
Wait for the March thaw and sail south with a Princess cruise from Anchorage through Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. Continue all the way down the Canadian coast until you reach Canada’s Pacific port pearl Vancouver. The super-scenic route is packed with mountains, greenery, and giant glaciers.
Any Carnival Cruise Line
If you’re not sure cruises are for you then this is a good beginner’s cruise option with a ton of destinations. The compact three to seven day itineraries offered by Carnival’s 25 ship fleet are the best value in the business and can be had for as little as €30 to €50 per person per night (off peak).
The Disney Fantasy Southern Caribbean
Those travelling with kids should board Fantasy, the newest member of Disney’s fleet. Here you’ll find enough sophisticated venues for kids, teens, and adults to last the entire trip.
The most popular route is the 7 day cruise from Orlando to the Southern Caribbean including stops in Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts and more.
A Russian River Cruise
There’s hardly a better intro to Russia than taking a historic river cruise and soaking up the timeless rural life between the country’s two most important cities: Moscow and St. Petersburg. The full board Royal Riverways 10 night cruise includes nine excursions as well as extended stays in both cities.