Our Place’s Top Ten Cruise Destinations

Cruising has really moved on in the last 10 years with some of the most impressive and luxurious ships ever now afloat, taking passengers to far off destinations.

So, if you fancy cruising to your destination then check out our top ten destinations:

1. Antartic
Not one for the fearless, but if you can brave the cold, you’ll be treated to some of the most spectacular scenery and breath-taking silence that you’ll ever experience. You’ll see penguin colonies, soaring glaciers and calving icebergs. The best time to go is mid-December to late February when the seas and weather are kindest.What more could you want than to sit in your hot tub watching glaciers go by. A once in a lifetime experience

2. The Galapagos
What makes this so special is the chance to explore the remote islands where Charles Darwin observed unique wildlife that supported his evolution theories. The best time to go is Mid April to Mid May when the skies are clear, the seas calm and the weather warm. Don’t forget to check out the turtles

3. South Pacific
Immortalised by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the South Pacific offers it all, including lush tropical paradises like the Polynesian and Fiji islands. You’ll get plenty of time to relax at sea as you travel between the various islands and get to sample the rich culture that this unspoilt area of the world boasts

4. Mediterranean
If you don’t like flying, then sailing direct from Southampton to the Mediterranean is the ideal cruise for you. It’s even better if you travel by coach to Southampton as you drop your cases on the coach and you don’t see them again until they arrive outside your cabin – as if by magic! There’s lots of exciting regions to try including the French Riveria, Greek Islands, Italian Ligurian Coast and Spanish Costa del Sol. Some ports can be tourist packed in Summer so if you don’t need to go then why not try May and September, when it’s still warm

5 Alaska
You may ask why this is so special. You won’t when you get there – what could be better than quietly sailing by glaciers, fjords and snow-capped peaks, with stops at photogenic ports. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even helicopter onto remote glaciers for dog sledding. It can be nippy in May and September so opt when the days are longer for more sightseeing and it’s warmer

6. Fjords of Norway
The natural wonders of these massive, narrow-cliffed fjords are awesome and humbling. Make sure you travel between June to August when it’s warmer and the days are longer

7. Baltic Sea
This is a great way to visit a smorgasbord of Scandinavian cities such as Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm, the increasingly popular Tallin and the stunning St Petersburg. Again, if you don’t want to get too chilled opt for the warmer summer months from June to August

8. Caribbean
What could be better than relaxing on a Caribbean island with a rum punch? A Caribbean cruise is a great way to take in lots of nation islands with their lush climates and vegetation. The trips between ports are short, so although it takes a while to get there, you can pack lots into your cruise. The best time to travel is January and February but try to avoid mid-June to early December as you could be in for a hurricane or two

9. Hawaiian Islands
With the same climate all year round, the Hawaiian Islands have something for everyone. From the lush vegetation of to the white sands of the Coconut Beach area of Kauai. You can enjoy the dramatically cleaved volcanic cliffs dropping down to the sea, enjoy a luau under the stars and enjoy the finest snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. A laid back vibe makes Hawaii a great choice for a chilled-out break

10. Mexico
Last but not least, and for those who prefer a bit more up tempo vibe, Mexico is the place to be. Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and other west coast ports of call along the Mexican Riviera come alive with strong margaritas and lively mariachi bands. It’s drier and less humid during November to April and it’s not quite as hot as the summer period

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