Best Cruise Routes

Best Cruise Routes

There are few ways to travel that are more relaxing than a cruise ship: you move effortlessly from one location to the next, you don’t have to keep packing and unpacking, and an entire team of people is on hand to meet your every need. If you want to swim, you swim. If you want to eat, you eat. How much easier could a holiday be?

A cruise can also be a great way to see multiple locations around the world, and for that reason we’re including in Best of Travel a recommendation of the best cruise routes. We’ve chosen routes with variety, with history and, more often than not, with fabulous weather to help you narrow down the brochure options and find a fabulous cruise.

Fort Lauderdale

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One of the most popular cruise routes is through the Caribbean. Starting in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, sail south for some winter sunshine. There are hundreds of Caribbean islands to choose from, each slightly different from each other. Some of the most beautiful include Puerto Rico with its historic capital of San Juan (one of the oldest settlements in the Americas), St Lucia with its lush rainforests, and Antigua, another glorious island with a beach for every day of the year. Tourists flock for duty free shopping in Saint Maarten and Saint Thomas, and also enjoy locally made beverages such as Bacardi rum and pina colada cocktails.

Caribbean Cruise

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Less popular but still striking are the trans-Atlantic cruises that take place twice a year as the cruise ships reposition from the Caribbean to Europe, or vice versa. These routes include more sea days than other journeys on account of the distances to be covered, but this gives ample time to enjoy the facilities and shows onboard the ships. Some trans-Atlantic crossings include stops in the Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira, places you might not visit unless you were passing by.

Canary Islands

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In the summer months, the place to cruise is the Mediterranean, and popular stops may host as many as half a dozen ships in a single day. Itineraries typically start or finish in a major city such as Barcelona, Venice or Civitaveccia (the cruise terminal for Rome) and take in a variety of destinations, islands as well as places on the mainland. This is a glorious way to visit the likes of Valetta (Malta), Sicily (Italy) and Mykonos (Greece) and you can get to a large number of fascinating destinations in a relatively short period of time.

Venice Cruise

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If you want to cruise in the winter months, two destinations stand out above all others: Alaska and the Norwegian fjords. You’ll need to wrap up warm, but the natural environments are stunning and when you’ve had enough of the cold outside, you can quickly retreat inside to your heated cabin and all the comforts onboard.

Date posted: 5th July, 2017

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