Before it comes to chilling out on deck, basking under the glorious sun with a mimosa clutched in one hand and your favourite novel in the other, you first have to come to the tough decision of where in the world you actually want to take a cruise. Here are five of the best cruise destinations 2016 has to offer.
Venice is one of the most sought-after holidays destinations around the world for its beautiful architecture, elegant culture and unique canal cruises. Sail around the Mediterranean coastlines, passing by the likes of Rome and Athens along the way, while you take in the best of both worlds; blissful relaxation in a beautiful corner of the world between exploring the antiquity and beauty of the cities. Whether you start or end in Venice, this really is one of the most rewarding places to visit.
Barbados is all about one thing: relaxation. Taking a cruise around this small Caribbean island where the locals are wonderfully at ease and welcoming is perfect for just chilling out and being pampered. Swim with the turtles in the sparkling turquoise water, drink perfect Pina Coladas and get caught in the rain, and pop into one of the many seafood restaurants lining the coast to tame your cravings for the freshest and most delicious fish. There is one catch, of course: you’ll never want to leave.
Why not take your Caribbean cruise further inland and stop off in this wonderfully unique country – take in history as you blaze the trails of the ancient Mayan ruins, eat authentic burritos and taste real margaritas (learn how to make them, too!), dance to some salsa and relax on the soft sand beaches. Mexico is a beautiful and diverse place with so much to offer. Whether you want to relax or explore, there’s something for everyone.
For those looking to subvert the popular sunny-cruise-with-cocktails trend, taking a cruise around the Artic is perfect for some polar sight-seeing. Wrap up warm and take in the history of this ancient ice landscape while watching whales, sea lions, elk, penguins, arctic birds, polar bears and walruses in their natural habitat. An Arctic cruise is perfect for those seeking an escape from the noise – just relax with a nourishing mug of hot chocolate and bask at the wonders of this chilly landscape.
Forget the stigma around visiting the Middle East; it’s a truly beautiful place. Stop off in this rich and flashy city to climb the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and take in some utterly breath-taking 360 degree views. Afterwards, test your stomach by dune-bashing in the Arabian desert, ride some camels with the locals, swim with the dolphins and puff on Shisha.