Relaxing on a luxurious cruise ship is an experience of a lifetime, but which should you take? Here are 10 cruise vacations you’ll remember forever.
Cruises provide some of the most ultimate vacations that you will ever take. Sure, you could fly, but why would you want to? A cruise is one of the best ways to reach some of the most memorable vacation spots. What makes a cruise so fantastic? While drifting in the deep blue sea, you will be treated with all the luxuries you can imagine – spa time, elegant dining, entertainment, and pure relaxation. You can have all of this as you sail into the port of some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Ready to come aboard? Here are the top 10 cruise vacations that you’ll never forget!
Many people have been traveling to this Caribbean island for years. It is finally your turn to see all that has been preserved here – from its classic cars to its rich architecture, along with music and art that has been hidden away for far too long. Let’s not forget about the beautiful beaches that are a must-see. Cuba certainly is a memorable gem.
Despite all the debate on global warming, there are changes happening in Alaska – meaning that it is an ever-changing destination. What you see today you may not see years from now. More reason to check this place out! Alaska boasts something for the whole family and has excursions that can top many other places, including sled dogs, glaciers, snorkeling, and whale watching.
3. The British Isles
Cruises to the British Isles usually include Wales, Scotland, England, and Ireland – or any combination thereof. These are lands of green landscapes and historical castles. But that is not all. By deciding to vacation in the British Isles, you can take a stroll down Penny Lane, see the Tower of London, visit Buckingham Palace, and eat ‘bangers and mash’ while sipping some real Scottish whiskey**. This destination is full of culture.
Is the beach more your style? Then check out Bermuda. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, this island is known for its pink sandy beaches. It offers:
- beautiful coral reefs for snorkeling and diving.
- sailing for all its tourists.
- lots of cycling, walking, jogging, and other scenery to soak in.
- horseback riding for horse lovers.
- plenty of room for lounging on the beach.
The cruise port of Santorini is full of whitewashed charm and black beaches. This is a place for romance and beauty. There are lots of dining with a view, as well as magical things to see – such as the biggest volcanic crater. This laid-back area is a wonderful place to stroll through ruins and soak up the sun, without having to just lounge at the beach!
The Galapagos Islands is an archipelago made up of 19 islands located in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Ecuador. It is home to a ton of wildlife, including sea lions, sea tortoises, and other local marine life. The bright blue water lapping against the white sand beaches and dark volcanic rock landscape is breathtaking. This is the perfect destination for the adventurer – each of your encounters will make it will be a trip to remember!
Of course, many opt for a cruise to see a tropical paradise. However, there are many who love to have that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the world’s most natural wonders. Taking a cruise to the Arctic brings you up close and personal with glaciers, fjords*, polar bears, whales, and the northern lights!
Cruises to the Arctic are not for those looking for relaxation. These cruises are for those who seek adventure and exploring. Enjoying activities such as kayaking, snowmobiling, dogsledding, and sailing are just a few of the things to do in this part of the world. If this sounds like your idea of an amazing vacation, then plan your cruise – and leave your bathing suit at home!
Albania’s Sarande Port is in the southern part of the country – and one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean. At first glance, you may question why you would decide to book a cruise to this location.
The Castle of Lekures is a hot spot to visit and enjoy a bite to eat. It gives you the opportunity to see Sarande, including its bay, the Butrint Lagoon, the Ionian Sea, and the surrounding mountains.
This is a perfect destination for history buffs. It is an ancient city full of old world architecture, including a Roman amphitheater and temple. In addition, for those looking for unique artisan crafts, Albania boasts a collection of Murano glass, homemade lace, and unique jewelry.
9. The Mediterranean
Cruising through the Mediterranean means having the opportunity to sip some coffee in a café along the streets of some of the most historical cities. Many with cobblestone roadways, these cities include Barcelona, Malta, Rome, Lisbon, Naples, Gibraltar, Corfu, Livorno, and still others.
Comprised of fishing villages, culturally diverse ports, and the day-to-day hustle and bustle of these metropolitan cities, Mediterranean cruises offer a lesson in time. These ancient cities that you have learned so much about through history books are still up and running today.
The best news about this location is that Diamond Resorts offers cruises through the Western Mediterranean (primarily Spain, Italy and France), that provide you with intrigue and romance.
10. South Pacific
Perhaps the best cruise vacation you can take to relax and enjoy the tropical beauty around you is by sailing to the South Pacific. This area includes islands such as Bora Bora, Fiji, and Tahiti. They are filled with beautiful beaches (including must-see reefs), friendly residents, local crafting markets, spectacular dining, and luxurious spas. While you may feel like you want to forget about going home, the South Pacific is bound to give you a vacation you won’t want to forget!
Now that you know all of the most unforgettable cruise destinations – why not set sail with Diamond Resorts?
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