Are you a cruise lover ready to take to the waters for some great adventure? We have compiled an extensive guide of some of the best cruise holidays that you can take all over the world.
The Mediterranean Sea offers a host of places to explore with stops at famous ports like Spain, Italy and the Greek Islands. Many cruise operators run regular cruises of varying themes for tourists all round the year. You can read about some of the best cruise ships here .
You can have many cultural journeys in the Mediterranean visiting the historically rich countries on your way. Visiting places like Italy and Barcelona you can learn how civilizations grew and changed over time.
Crystal Cruises offers a 12-day cultural cruise from Venice to Barcelona making stops at Dubrovnik, Sicily and Italy among others.
Greece, Sicily, Malta, Croatia and other ports of call in the Mediterranean offer great opportunities for guided expedition cruises.
Lindblad Expeditions runs cruises to all the destinations noted above with onboard expert expedition leader and historians. You learn about the background, natural and human history, mythology and archaeology of the places you explore.
Cruise ship as seen at Lisbon.
The calm, clear waters of the Mediterranean makes it perfect for live aboard cruises involving some exciting scuba diving. You can discover the marine treasure of the region including wildlife, ship wrecks, stone reefs, plantations and much more.
Greece and Italy both are popular for live aboard cruises, and you can even have short day trips. Multi-day trips are also available where you are taken to remote yet beautiful diving sites. Also check out or guide to what to take on a cruise.
If you are travelling with your kids and family, go for the various family packages offered by popular cruise companies.
Port at Venice.
The itineraries are refined to provide entertainment to both adult and kids including cruises to Western Mediterranean, Naples, Marseilles, and other places.
Royal Caribbean also offers family cruises with onboard activities for children and teens. Youth counsellors are employed to look after the kids and help them have a great and safe time.
How about a musical trip in the Mediterranean?
You can explore Spain, Ibiza and Marseille with live music on the ship for four days with a cruise from the Ark Cruises. 50 artists performed on seven stages on their September cruise.
A similar musical cruise by MDrinity Cruise covers Barcelona, Mallorca, and Ibiza with 24 hours live music on board.
The Mediterranean region has a number of important historical places and sites which can be effectively covered with a historical cruise.
Triple mast ship sailing off Cyprus coast.
Voyages to Antiquity company, offers a luxurious cruise visiting Greece, Athens, Spain with onboard lectures and land excursions to cultural sites.
Noble Caledonia also runs a 12 day historical cruise starting at Barcelona which takes you on a journey through the most historic and spectacular places in the Mediterranean.
A cruise to the Antarctic is a lifetime opportunity to encounter some of the rarest forms of landscape and wildlife on the earth. Welcome to the land of ice, water and penguins!
Antarctic expeditions enable the visitor to interact and dynamically experience the local ecosystem. You explore the humongous ice sheets, pouring glaciers, walk with the penguins and get all information you need from expert expedition leaders.
Adventure Life offers a 19 day expedition starting from Ushuaia, Argentina. Highlights include tracking path of early explorers, magnificent wildlife like penguins and dolphins and remote locations far away from civilization.
Expeditionary cruise in Antarctica.
The ship covers Falkland Islands, Georgia Island and Antarctic Peninsula among many other places. But if you want a real expedition experience, try to tread the waters of the remote Ross Sea.
Antarctica may look unfriendly reserved only for the explorers, but it is also the perfect place for family cruises.
Lindblad Expeditions runs exclusive family trips to various parts of Antarctica ranging from 14 to 24 days. Itineraries include activities for family members of different ages including leisurely walks, Zodiac cruises, kayaking and hikes.
The ship arranges daily day activities for kids onboard to keep them engaged and happy.
The region offers great diving opportunities to get close to the undisturbed wildlife and the treasures under the water. You can encounter penguins, sea lions and even leopard seals along with other forms of wildlife.
Ortelius Antarctica Diving provides multiday cruises to Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands with 1 to 2 dives per day.
Dive Worldwide also provides similar cruises, but you will need cold water diving experience and international diving certificate to explore the unspoiled underwater heaven.
Antarctica contains the rich historic trails of early explorers like Ernest Shackleton and Sir James Clark Ross. Ponant and Polar Cruises arrange multiday historical cruises in the Falkland Islands, Ross Sea and Antarctic Peninsula tracing the path of the early adventurists.
You can experience abandoned huts of old whaling stations, the mountainous Elephant Island, the resting place of Shackleton in South Georgia and so on.
Onboard lectures and presentations help you learn more about the historical aspects of the tour.
Antarctica is the land of undisturbed wildlife including the penguins, whales, seals and more.
You will find many cruise operators offering exclusive wildlife cruises which even let you get close to the animals on a kayak or RIB boat.
The Antarctic Peninsula is the most affordable region to sight a variety of such wildlife.
A cruise to Arctic brings the wonders of untouched landscapes, indigenous tribes and rich wildlife to reality. Being close to Europe and Canada it is the favoured destination for many.
The area is so vast, that it’s not possible to cover it in one trip!
Norway cruise ship deck.
You have to narrow your itinerary and plans as you won’t be able to explore the whole of Arctic at once.
The popular expeditions head out to places like Greenland, Svalbard, Faroes Islands, Iceland, Finland, Russia, Norway on multiday trips.
You can find many cruise operators like Quark Expeditions, G Adventures and Lindblad Expeditions going northbound into remote territories on their expeditions. The North Pole on top of the earth should focus on your explorations too.
Though sparse in human population, there are still some remote islands where small villages exist. The people have their own unique culture which is very much alive in their songs and lifestyle.
Polar Cruises offer tours of the west side of Greenland where you can experience the culture and life of the Inuit people. It’s wonderful to see them living alongside the arctic foxes, polar bears in such a harsh environment.
You can also visit the oldest city in North America with a cruise to Newfoundland and Labrador to experience the local culture.
Diving in the Arctic is a rare and great opportunity to explore the underwater world and wildlife. But for that, you need some cold water diving experience.
Dive Worldwide and Ortelius Arctic Diving ships sail past Spitsbergen on live aboard cruises with daily diving opportunities. You can also go to remote diving spots in Greenland and Iceland for zodiac diving, shore diving and wreck dives.
You can bring your whole family for a trip to Arctic and the Northwest Passage and be pleasantly surprised. Multiple cruise liners offer family packages with itineraries and activities for all ages.
Adventure Canada is a popular cruise company which allows kids less than 2 years to travel for free! Children under 4 only needs to pay flight expenses while being under 30 gives you 30% discount.
You can get family cruises to almost all locations in the Arctic.
The historically enriched Iceland, Greenland, and Norway and its ancient inhabitants make room for historical exploration of the area.
A water safari from Cruise Norway takes you through the Viking Age, embarks on the path of early polar explorers and throws light on Norwegian and Viking history.
The 18 day Arctic trip is filled with interesting lecture from eminent historians and covers the places mentioned above.
The Adriatic lets you submerge in a glorious adventure where you can discover the history, culture and natural beauty of Greece, Italy, Croatia and other notable places.
From ancient ruins, museums, small villages to pristine beaches with deep blue water- you get all on your Adriatic cruise.
Adriatic cruise ship as seen over Kotor in Montenegro.
Many cruise liners operate expeditionary cruises in the Adriatic starting from the port of Split. Viking Ocean Cruises offer a comprehensive exploration Venice, Greece and Adriatic on their seven-day cruise embarking from Italy.
You can cruise the magnificent shores between charming Venice and classical Athens and sail past the Dalmatian coast. Dubrovnik, Split, and some stops at Greek Islands completes the journey with some shore excursions.
All the places in the Adriatic present rich culture portrayed in the art, architecture and the people. All cruises will let you encounter the unique culture with explorations of the important cities and sites.
The Aegean Experience run by Voyages to Antiquity takes you on a 13 day Athens to Athens cruise visiting sites like Acropolis, Greek amphitheatre, Minoan site of AkrotiriAcropolis of Lindos and much more.
Land excursions, sightseeing and expert speakers help you explore the culture and history perfectly.
The Dalmatian coast and Croatia itself are really popular for diving holidays. Many liners like Frontier Adriatic, Vranjak I Diving and Cruising offer a wide range of liveaboard cruises exploring underwater treasures like ship wrecks, marine life, reefs and hidden caves.
There are many diving clubs in the area so finding a liveaboard cruise is easy enough once you are in Croatia.
The whole of Adriatic is family friendly, and you can easily bring your kids or parents along. You will find a wide range of family cruises from different operators with modified itineraries.
Goolets has some really good family cruises with ample activities for kids like swimming, snorkelling. The ship is safe for kids, and the staff is always there for your little one.
Parents have their own romantic time and relax with a beer under the sun!
Noble Caledonia runs a music themed cruise in the autumn beginning with Venice, a noted musical city. Onboard and shore based performances by the London Festival Opera will keep you enchanted all along.
The cruise ends with a concert in one of the palaces, in Dubrovnik.
The Viking Ocean Cruises expeditionary tour also has some great destination performances and classical music shows.
Viking ship seen against the setting sun.
Every port of Adriatic is a history lesson in itself. Any place you visit dates back thousands years with its own stories and mythology.
Best historical cruises are offered by Voyages to Antiquity exploring Croatia, Venice, Athens and other important ports. Eminent scholars present historical lectures on the cruise to quench all your curiosity.
Alaska is boundless in natural beauty and wildlife along with the culture of the native tribes. A cruise brings you the best of the icy glaciers, snowy peaks, coastal forests, incredible fjords and untouched territories.
The area is really big, and most travellers choose specific itineraries unless they have many days to spare.
You can book an expedition cruise from Alaskan Dream Cruises, Alaskan Dream Cruises and Lindblad Expeditions to get a close experience of nature and wildlife.
The small ships are perfect for navigating the stretches where big ships cannot enter. You can visit remote places like Wrangell Narrows or Alaska Native village of Kake and even get a chance to see and follow wildlife.
The cruises also include land based hikes, Zodiac rafts and kayaking to give you a detailed view of the glaciers and animals.
Alaska is diverse in its culture, and each place and its people are unique with many things to offer. The native tribes with distinct cultures dating back thousands of years are sure to leave you mesmerized.
Alaskan Dream Cruises runs cruises to such native and far flung villages with activities to experience the culture directly. Dance performances, art demonstrations and interactions with the villagers are also included.
Humpback whales seen during an Alaskan cruise.
You will find only one cruise operator providing diving opportunities in the Alaska. Nautilus Swell departs on few live aboard cruises which give you an opportunity to go under the temperate and ice cold water around Alaska and British Columbia.
You can chance upon some spectacular wildlife including mantas or white sharks on your diving explorations. The cruises depart two times each season from Juneau or Sitka.
All leading cruise operators like Norwegian, Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival run family oriented trips around Alaska and British Columbia. Onboard activities for kids, playrooms and babysitting services make sure you are free to enjoy yourself.
Lindblad Expeditions got the award of the most family friendly operator from Travel + Leisure for the quality of activities and support for kids. You also get a $500 discount for kids under the age of 18.
If you want to get a taste of the rock and roll age, sign up for an Alaskan cruise, with Princess Cruises.
The seven-day roundtrip from Seattle offers a daily musical performance by start artists visiting places like Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway. You can also move your legs to the tunes played out by the onboard DJs!
Travelrite International also runs 17 days Canada & Alaska Music Cruise and Tour with non-stop music from famous performers. Broadway style entertainment is available every day during dining.
Alaska has an ancient and vast historical background, and you can feel it in the air. There are many sites of historical importance including monuments, national parks forests and reminders of the Alaska Gold Rush and World War II.
Onboard historians will keep you updated about the unique history of Alaska as your ship cruises the notable ports of importance like Skagway, Juneau. All leading cruise liners offer land based trips to museums and important sites too.
The Pacific Ocean offers a gala of cruise options to various countries covering Asia, eastern parts of Africa and Australia. It’s not possible to go everywhere at once, and you have to take several trips to cover the whole region comprehensively.
Some multiday cruises take you on an expedition of popular places located in Asia and east Africa. Mundy Cruising takes you on a 20-night expeditionary journey starting from Dubai, UAE.
Covering Doha and Abu Dhabi, it sails to Seychelles, Madagascar and ends its quest at Port Louis, Mauritius. From high rises and glamorous shopping malls, you enter the green and wildlife rich tropical paradise with mountains, jungles and white sand beaches.
You can visit of the same places and additional ones in east Africa which starts from Port Luis.
If you want to be enticed with the oriental and mesmerizing culture of the East, take a 12 night cruise run by Celebrity Cruises exploring Japan, Korea and China.
Japan’s rich culture will be in front of you visiting the towns and villages while the view of Mount Fuji is sure to awe you. Kobe brings you an urban culture while you may be reminded of Naples landing in Kagoshima.
A Southeast Asia cruise from Azamara Club Cruises gives a mix of ancient temples, French architecture and bustling nightlife. Thailand, Vietnam and Bangkok gives an unique cultural experience memorable for a lifetime.
The diverse marine life, reefs and corals in and around Andaman Islands, Maldives, Burma, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia make them perfect spots for scuba diving and underwater activities.
Many cruise companies specializing in diving holidays like Dive the World and Siam Dive n Sail offer cruises to these locations regularly. For example, the Similan Liveaboard cruises in Thailand.
The islands around Tanzania, Madagascar, Reunion, Comores also gets you close to untouched underwater treasures and wildlife. You can check out multiday liveabroad cruises by Dive Wild Adventures.
In Asia, Star Cruises offer family cruises from Singapore to Penang, Phuket, Malacca and other places. The ship has indoor and outdoor playing areas, cooking lessons, shore excursions and a lot of activities t keeps the kids busy.
The 4 to 5 day cruises offer endless fun with elephant rides, cultural performances and mouth watering food perfect for the family.
African locations like Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania also are family friendly and many cruises are available.
The Ship runs the best yearly musical cruise with lineup of multiple bands of Asia. The ship travels to places like Singapore, Thailand and Phuket with full on musical performance to keep you entertained all the time.
Star Cruises also runs several cruises in Asia Pacific with local artists and ban performances.
Companies like Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises offers itineraries for history buffs exploring meaningful sites like the Great Wall of China, Ho Chi Minh City war tunnels, Angkor Wat, Beijing opera, Thailand’s bridge on the River Kwai, age old Hong Kong villages and more.
History lessons and lectures help you get more out of your historical journey.
Major cruise liners offer similar multiday Mekong cruise itineraries starting and ending at Vietnam. Magnificent Buddhist temples, rural towns like war museums, busy markets of Vietnam and Cambia are main highlights of this area.
AmaWaterways, Viking Cruises, Avalon Waterways, are some of the leading cruise operators.
The amazing biodiversity, abundance of flora and fauna and unexplored regions make up your Amazon Cruise. Several liners operate cruises on the second longest river in the world, and the most popular region is the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
You will find more than 60 ships cruising the world's third-longest river located in Asia.
The cruise can be taken any time during the year and it takes around 10 to 11 days to complete the whole river journey. You can also opt for short 3 to 7 days cruises covering the highlights like Yichang, Chongqing with a cruise from Victoria Cruises.
The Three Gorges as seen during a Yangtse Cruise.
The gorgeous Three Gorges is the most popular area of the cruise with beautiful mountains surrounding the deep gorges.
The glorious and historical wonders of Egypt are best approached with a cruise on the blue waters of Nile when you are short of time.
Several cruises operate regularly starting from 2 to 7 days and let you encounter the ancient pyramids and charming temples and bazaars.
Sightseeing of notable landmarks in Aswan, Luxor and Cairo are generally the common itineraries while some cruises also travel to less known places.
You can take short cruise or a complete trip down the Mississippi river provided by American Cruise Lines .
The journey begins at New Orleans exploring the lower part of the river and then proceeds towards Memphis, Hannibal ending at St. Paul, MN. The 22 day trip is the most comprehensive journey you can get of Mississippi.