Cruising is one of the best ways to take in and explore multiple destinations on a single trip, not to mention some incredible ocean views and partake in some on-land adventures to see the sights and immerse yourself in each destination’s culture. Cruising is your one and only holiday where you get to unpack once, yet you’re able to discover various destinations – you literally go to sleep in one destination and wake up in another! Who doesn’t love that?! Below is a brief overview of each cruise region and some particular highlights for each of them.
African cruises offer the opportunity to explore stunning, diverse land and cityscapes of all durations. In the world’s second largest continent, there is a huge number of destinations and cultures to be discovered in a range of climactic conditions. You can also seek out the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard in South Africa (Durban). Immerse yourself in the sights and smells of the spice markets in Morocco. Adventurous travellers can explore the length of the West African coast.
Alaska – Cruise Season May – mid Sept
Alaska is regarded as one of the most scenic regions on earth, and with good reason. On an Alaska cruise you’ll encounter massive tidewater glaciers, iconic wildlife, towering mountain ranges and fascinating Native Alaskan cultures. And, touring before or after your Alaska cruise provides the opportunity to take in Anchorage, the Denali National Park, visit Victoria and the stunning Butchart Gardens , or explore the Rockies.
Antarctica – Cruise Season Dec – Feb
Antarctica aka “The White Continent” – is a big destination and one of those that cruisers do once in a lifetime. The last-frontier ice desert of Antarctica attracts fewer than 20,000 cruise passengers annually to view its windswept, treeless, frozen wasteland. Wildlife on show includes penguins, seals, birds, dolphins and orcas. Since most of the wildlife in Antarctica is found on the ice-free narrow ridges of coastline around the islands and mainland, cruise passengers don’t have to miss out on any of the interesting sea, land or air creatures of this exciting continent. All travel ashore is by inflatable Zodiacs.
Asia – Cruise Season Jan – May
From ancient temples and sacred sites, to tropical islands and futuristic cityscapes, Asia is a kaleidoscope of exotic sights, sounds, tastes and experiences. Be dazzled by the neon lights of Tokyo, tantalise your tastebuds in Thailand or enjoy a quiet moment of reflection as you drift down the mighty Mekong River. With an Asia cruise, the possibilities are endless in this culturally diverse and captivating region.
Baltics – Cruise Season May – Sept
Head north and see a different side of Europe with a Northern Europe cruise. From the picturesque fjords of Norway and lava fields in Iceland, to the Viking and Imperial heritage of the Baltic capitals. Norway’s coast is best viewed from the deck of a cruise ship or inside of a kayak, allowing you to enter the narrowest passages and up close to puffins, seals and other wildlife on your way to the Arctic Circle.
Caribbean – Cruise Season Nov – Apr
When it comes to pleasure, relaxation and reconnecting in the warm sunshine, nothing is better than a Caribbean cruise. While ashore, you can discover each island’s unique charms, hidden beaches and the cafes locals love. You can tour the most interesting historical sites and museums, find the best places to hike, bike and snorkel. There’s over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean so we’re definitely spoiled for choice. Many ships cruise year-round from mainland USA ports as well as some Caribbean island ports.
Mediterranean – Cruise Season May – Oct
Explore the cradle of civilisations, leading centres of fashion and idyllic islands on a cruise around the Mediterranean. With shores on three continents, Mediterranean and Iberian Peninsula cruises offer a wide variety of experiences within a short distance. You could be sipping sangria in the Costa del Sol before heading to the bustling markets of Morocco, or tour the islands of ancient Greek myths before moving on to Israel and Jordon.
New England – Cruise Season Aug – Oct
One of the oldest regions in the United States and undoubtedly one of its most spectacular, New England is as famous for its scenery as it is for its warm hospitality and unique local cuisine. From big cities like Boston to the smallest of Rhode Island villages, there are plenty of picture-postcard views, charming cobblestone streets and New England comfort foods to keep everyone happy.
South America – Cruise Season Jan – Apr
The Pacific coastline of South America offers tropical Columbia, ancient Incan civilisations of Ecuador, Peru and Chile, and the glacial coast of Patagonia. Along the Atlantic coast view Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, and the “Paris of the South” Buenos Aires. Cruise ships visit Brazil’s Riviera. Vessels up to 75,000 GT venture 1450km up the mighty Amazon to the cosmopolitan city of Manaus (and on-shore land trips to the surrounding jungle). Cruise/explore Galapagos Islands, reached by air from Ecuador. South America is an explorer’s treasure chest.
Western & British Isles – Cruise Season May – Sept
The British Isles includes the landmasses of Great Britain and Ireland as well as more than 6,000 smaller islands, many of which can only be visited by sea. Whether you’re drawn to a UK cruise because of the Royal heritage of England, Scotland’s Highlands and islands, the rugged landscapes of Wales or the historic towns and cities of Ireland, be assured your cruise holiday will showcase the best features of these hugely influential islands as well as lesser-visited destinations.
Most cruises of British Isles depart from London or Southampton and call at ports in modern cities and quaint harbour towns around the coast, and noteworthy islands including the Shetlands, the Channel Island and the Isle of Mann.
Contact Clean Cruising on 1800 121 187 and one of our friendly consultants will assist you with all your travel plans for 2018. We have a team of very experienced and knowledgeable consultants who are more than happy to help you plan your next holiday.