If you’re planning a relaxing getaway that doesn’t scrimp on the sights, sounds and experiences of an adventurous holiday abroad, perhaps a cruise is in order! Cruises are the ultimate vacation for travellers keen to see some of the unexplored areas of the world. Best of all, these destinations are often in untouched, pristine environments that have been able to maintain their natural highlights – perhaps because the only way to really see them is from the sea!
We’ve narrowed down the top 5 cruises around the world that take you to some of the most stunning and diverse locations. From the diverse and unique animal life of the Galapagos Islands to the sweeping glaciers and polar bears of Spitsbergen; the rugged Kimberley coastline in northern Australia to the icy and breathtaking Inside Passage of Alaska; or the tranquil turquoise waters of the Maldives to the wildlife-rich and monumental ice shelves of Antarctica – find out why these are our pick of the world’s ultimate cruise hot spots!
Explore the remote islands of Galapagos, and experience first-hand the unique wildlife that had a resounding impact on Charles Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection. 600 miles west of Ecuador’s mainland, the wild islands of the Galapagos are a wonderland of marine and plant life, with more than 875 species of plants and 289 types of fish. It’s the wildlife, however, that is the most compelling attraction. Where else can you view fur seals, sea lions, uninhibited birds, penguins, giant tortoise, land and marine iguana and lava lizards thriving in a spectacular natural paradise?
Whether you’re interested in tracing some of Darwin’s steps where he observed the unusual reptiles and mammals, enhancing your understanding of evolution and natural selection, or rather more interested in the untamed beauty of the archipelago’s volcanic islands and memorable wildlife encounters, a cruise to the Galapagos offers many fascinations that are sure to inspire.
Cruise the Galapagos
The Maldives is one of the world’s most sought-after destinations. Perhaps it’s the turquoise lagoons and perfect beaches, or the crystal clear waters that lap the shore, or the spectacular reefs of the Indian Ocean. In any case, this tropical paradise is an exceptional cruising destination that is a one-of-a-kind experience, and what better way to experience it than aboard a dhoni and island hopping far from the resorts.
A dhoni is a traditional fishing boat with sails or a motor, often resembling the Arab dhow sailing vessel. One of the oldest sea vessels in the Maldives, these modernised versions breathe character and add a unique experience as you explore the Maldives on this hand-crafted vessel made of coconut palm timber.
Spend your days diving the spectacular coral reefs, snorkelling amongst psychedelic fish and giant reefs, relaxing on uninhabited beaches away from tourists meeting the locals of small settlements along the way and eating beautifully prepared food straight from the sea, accompanied by the islands’ many fresh fruits and vegetables!
Cruise the Maldives
Hop aboard the Maldives Dhoni Cruise and discover the island paradise of the Maldives! This 6 day cruise is a must for the ultimate relaxing week-long getaway!
If you want to experience one of the world’s most pristine continents, an otherworldly land of snow-capped glaciers, drifting icebergs and icy, rugged coastlines then a cruise is simply the only way to go. Antarctica is an untouched haven with abundant wildlife and a seemingly endless expanse of the continental ice sheet, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best places to cruise around the world. Whether you want to practise your photography on the dramatic icy landscapes and majestic wildlife, enjoy a cocktail on the deck as you watch the sun set over this winter wonderland, kayak among the sculptured icebergs, or snorkel and dive for an experience like no other…. you can be guaranteed a cruise to Antarctica will give you bragging rights for years to come – and some incredible memories to boot!
There are literally tens of cruises to choose from when considering Antarctica, from experiencing the Antarctic Peninsula and Falkland Islands on the Shackleton’s Footsteps cruise, to enjoying a white Christmas like no other on the Christmas In Antarctica trip, or voyaging to one of the most remote regions in Antarctica and visiting the historical huts of explorers past on the Ross Sea Explorer trip.
The Kimberley region of Western Australia is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, which makes a cruise of West Australia’s most spectacular and remote wilderness coastline an unforgettable journey on the water. The stunning coastline features deep gorges, coral reefs, mangroves and huge tides providing some of the most exceptional natural highlights best viewed from the sea. Save yourself weeks of dry and dusty 4WD travel and experience the Kimberley’s best kept secrets, including Lacepede Islands, Montgomery Reef, Horizontal Water Falls, Sale River, Prince Regent River, King Cascade and Camp Creek. Highlights of a Kimberley cruise can also be on board, as you marvel in awe at the red tinged shores set alight in fiery reds and oranges as the sun slowly sinks beneath the horizon.
Cruise the Kimberley
The 9 day Kimberley Cruise aboard the Odyssey 2 catamaran offers the perfect combination of small group, comfort, on board facilities and access to the Kimberley’s exceptional wilderness.
Rugged, pristine and remote, with such a grandiose beauty that has to be seen to be believed, it’s no surprise that Alaska is a destination at the top of the list for many avid travellers. With its huge glaciers tumbling into the sea, abundant wildlife including whales, bears and eagles, this is a destination that is best experienced by cruising along its rugged coastlines and islands in comfort. The Inside Passage is one of the most scenic waterways in the world, and is protected from the often-tumultuous seas of the Pacific Ocean. For travellers on a cruise, this means relatively flat, calm waters that virtually anyone can cruise – no matter how susceptible to sea sickness you may be! The combination of the thousands of islands also creates a rich marine environment, from humpback whales, dolphins, killer whales, sea lions, salmon sharks, fin whales and other large animals… not to mention millions of fish, sea birds and invertebrates. Needless to say – there’s never a dull moment on an Alaskan Cruise; anyone who loves scenery, wildlife or pristine experiences will revel in the sights, sounds and vistas aboard a cruise.
Cruise the Inside Passage
Cruise Alaska’s spectacular Inside Passage on our 12 day trip, including guided walks through majestic forests and interactions with local and indigenous culture.