Full disclosure here: I have never been on a cruise. I have read a lot about cruises from both Australia and North America, but I am yet to step foot on a cruise ship myself. So for now, here is my cruising wishlist — the five best cruises around the world (in my opinion) that I would love to do someday. I mean, what can be better than relaxing on the water one day and exploring a new place the next? I think the excellent onboard entertainment, activities and food and drink are the only things that can compare.
Carnival Legend Cruises: Sydney to Honolulu
A cruise to the South Pacific from Australia is popular for a number of reasons: you can get excellent deals, the region is easily accessible, and the South Pacific is beautiful. I am yet to visit any Pacific island, so visiting a few at once is an even better deal in my book. This particular cruise from Sydney takes 18 days and visits New Caledonia, Fiji, French Polynesia and Tahiti, before finishing in Honolulu. This also means you basically get two holidays in one, as you can spend time in Hawaii before heading home. I’m sold.
Disney Cruises: Northern European Cruise
This Northern European Cruise from Copenhagen not only means you get to visit five countries in seven days, but you also have two days at sea to really enjoy the Disney Cruise experience. The five countries? Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland and Sweden. What an amazing itinerary, right? I am also a kid who grew up in the 90s, so cruising on a Disney ship sounds like a pretty ideal holiday to me.
Princess Cruises: Vancouver to Alaska Return
When I lived in Vancouver, one of my goals was to visit Alaska, but I didn’t have the time and money to execute this holiday. So seeing as this is my wishlist, an Alaskan adventure has to be included. I would love to cruise through the Inside Passage, and Princess Cruises also offers Land and Sea Cruises. This means you get the best of both worlds: relaxing on the cruise ship, and then exploring the beautiful Alaskan wilderness for a few nights before returning onboard. Just think about all those glaciers and bears waiting for you.
Cunard Cruises: Singapore to New York
Oh yes, you read that correctly. Singapore to New York, via places like Colombo, Dubai, the Suez Canal, Naples and Lisbon. This Queen Mary 2 Cruise is definitely a splurge, but you get to visit so many amazing countries that it would totally be worth it. Plus, the Queen Mary 2 is Cunard’s flagship vessel, so you know it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Princess Cruises: Southern Caribbean Medley
Finally, I can’t have a cruising wishlist without the Caribbean, another region of the world I am yet to discover. I am all for this Southern Caribbean Medley cruise, which visits many different ports. It’s a 10 day roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale in Florida that includes visits to Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Dominica, the US Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. I think a cruise is an ideal way to see the Caribbean and explore so many of the islands that call the region home.
When looking to book a cruise, don’t forget to search for deals beforehand. The best cruises around the world have regular sales, so always check to see if you can get a discount before purchasing. That way you have more spending money, which is always appreciated, right?
So tell me, where does your dream cruise take you?