As we spend most of our lives in our cubicle, working, it’s only natural that sometimes, all we want is to get away and spend some relaxing time somewhere far away from our daily lives. And while exploring buzzing cities or spending days in nature, hiking and camping are wonderful ways to spend your holidays, sometimes you just want to sit back and enjoy the scenery while not having to worry about anything.
Perhaps this is why cruising is a popular way of traveling to distant parts of the world: not only do you get to enjoy all the amazing amenities of your cruise ship but the various stops during your journey will allow you to see many different port towns and experience a completely different perspective of these places.
So, if you are intrigued about cruising destinations, read on to find out some of the most amazing ones from all around the world.
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Europe is the dream destination for many people, associated with romance wherever you go, which is why the Mediterranean will always be a top affordable cruising destination. No matter what part of this amazing coastline you decide to cruise, charming seaside towns and historic atmosphere are guaranteed. Greece, in particular, is a spectacular choice as there is no one who wouldn’t be swept off their feet when seeing the traditional white and blue colors of the Greek houses on the shores, stacked up on the mountainside and overlooking the waters. You can decide to cruise the Greek Isles and end your cruise in Santorini to enjoy some fine wine to celebrate your vacation, or you can further explore the Aegean Sea and the North Aegean Islands. You have plenty of choices!
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The Norwegian Fjords are certainly one of the most renowned natural features of the country and scenery you will find nowhere else in the world – which is why exploring them from a cruise ship is one of the best possible ways to get an authentic feel of this beauty. You can expect majestic mountain ranges, crystal clear waters and even cascading waterfalls, and the sheer amount of beautiful fjords gives you endless possibilities for exploration. If you choose the right time and the right place, you might even get a chance to see one of the most magnificent phenomena out there in Mother Nature, the Northern Lights. Book your trip during the Arctic winter to make sure the sky is dark enough to see these beautiful lights.
The Galapagos Islands
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Taking a big leap from the previous European destinations, if you want something a bit warmer and more exotic, head to Central America and consider exploring the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of a cruise ship. The Galapagos Islands are a top choice among active travelers who like to try activities such as snorkeling and diving, kayaking and other water sports, in addition to exploring the land and its unique wildlife – including giant tortoises and iguanas! A cruise starting from Ecuador will guarantee luxury and relaxation while the destination itself can please any active and curious traveler who wants to experience untouched nature and something different.
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Australia’s smallest state located south of the coast of Victoria is an island filled with natural beauty and unique wildlife. Deciding to explore parts of it from the deck of a cruise ship is a great idea – and you have a number of options to choose from, so find your favorite Tasmania cruise and prepare for views of a lifetime. For example, a trip along the Gordon River on the southwest will take you through lush forests where you can enjoy silence and nothing but the sounds of nature while having a delicious lunch. On the other side of the island, you can experience the atmosphere of a historic town, the capital of Tasmania, Hobart, if you choose to cruise the Derwent River instead. One thing is for sure, you can’t go wrong with either decision.
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In today’s climate, it is time that we appreciate the beauty of our planet to the fullest. Regions such as Antarctica, the southernmost continent in the world, possess a beauty that is simply incomprehensible until you see it in person. Vivid blue shades and impressive glaciers and snowy mountains are what define this continent where there are no permanent inhabitants, so if you want to see a truly untouched place void of human beings, Antarctica is the way to go. Still, even in these harsh circumstances, you can observe amazing wildlife with penguins, seals and incredible whales swimming just by your ship. While this is certainly not a destination for everyone, if this intrigues you and you have the funds, Antarctica will be unforgettable.
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Finally, a staple when it comes to cruising, the islands of French Polynesia have everything you might want from a cruise destination. With so many islands, travelers often have a hard time deciding which one to choose, but going for a cruise will allow you to see as many as possible while still being comfortable. Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea all boast beautiful beaches and colorful marine life, and you will get to explore the dry land as well and its beautiful mountains and lush nature. You can even go for a transpacific cruise and enjoy not only these beautiful places but also a slew of other islands from Hawaii to New Zealand.
Even if you never thought about going on a cruise and spending some time on the water with your loved ones, relaxing and enjoying the views, a cruise can be a wonderful vacation that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life. In addition, cruising doesn’t even have to break the bank: with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can cruise for a bargain and travel to amazing destinations. There is no doubt that at least one or two of the aforementioned destinations piqued your interest, so start planning now and explore the great blue waters on your next vacation!
Nina is a lifestyle blogger, yoga aficionado and a travel enthusiast with a distinctive taste for home decor. She’s passionate about learning new things and sharing meaningful ideas. In her free time, she loves to design clothes and furniture. If you wanna see what she’s up to you can find her on twitter.