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On a cruise holiday both the journey and the destination are important, which is what makes this kind of holiday so special. Passengers can travel at a leisurely pace enjoying spectacular views between trips to several stunning destinations. The all-inclusive nature of a cruise also means that you don’t have to do loads of planning; everything from food and accommodation to entertainment and itinerary is taken care of. This ABC guide offers insight into the diverse destinations you could enjoy.
Alaska is a hugely popular cruise destination and liners such as Princess Cruises schedule regular tours. Board a ship to explore the snow-capped peaks, glaciers and fjords of Alaska where some of the world’s most beautiful areas of wilderness in the world are found. Glacier Bay National Park is one of the most awe inspiring destinations, a world of soaring peaks and glittering ice that dwarves even the grandest of cruise ships. Alaska is also a great place for whale watching and spotting an abundance of other wildlife including brown bears, caribou, bald eagles and bison.
The best time to cruise Alaska in June when days are long and temperatures are most accommodating.
B: The Baltic
The Baltic Sea is the gateway to some of the most atmospheric cities in Europe. On a cruise passengers can enjoy breath-taking historic architecture, world-class galleries and museums and a full range of cultural and culinary delights. Baltic cities typically included on cruise itineraries include St Petersburg, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm and the Estonian capital, Tallinn. Enchanting landmarks ranging from the medieval Old Town of Tallinn to the opulent onion domed churches of St Petersburg are what make a Baltic cruise so appealing. The elegant cities of Scandinavia are also highlights where you can explore architecture ranging from the medieval to the cutting-edge.
Cruises operate between May and September. Weather varies and can be a little unpredictable so pack with this in mind.
C: The Caribbean
There are a multitude of cruise itineraries on which you can take in some of the world’s best beaches, and the Caribbean islands are one of the most popular destinations. The advantage of a cruise is that you can explore several of the islands on one trip including Grenada, Barbados, St Lucia, Martinique and Dominica. The Caribbean is also one of the most stunning bodies of water to cruise through where impossibly clear, turquoise water leads to deserted palm-fringed sands. Colourful fishing boats bring in fresh catch to beachfront restaurants and laid-back living rules supreme. Colonial mansions, forts and plantations reveal a fascinating colonial history, too.
Cruise liners run trips to the Caribbean all year round with European wintertime, November- February, being the most popular season to visit.
This ABC guide to cruising gives you a taster of the varied destinations you can travel to, but the possibilities really could take you right through the alphabet. Browse different cruise operators to find your dream itinerary and start planning your first cruise adventure.
Jimmy O’Reilly is a seasoned traveller who likes to get away from it all on every break he gets from his daily accountancy job.