Seasoned cruise passengers will be aware of what kinds of itineraries make the best trips. Some cruise holidays are so unforgettable that they are well worth doing again and again – not least so that you can introduce the experience to other family members or friends of yours.
However, each year, exciting new cruises are brought to the market by cruise lines looking to keep their offering fresh and exciting. We’ve picked out some of highlights that are currently on sale, all of which leave at points through 2013.
Disney Cruise Line’s Mediterranean Cruise
Setting sail in late July 2013, the first port of call on Disney’s new Mediterranean cruise is the Catalan capital Barcelona. The trip will feature shore excursions at most of the ports on call, as the ship continues onwards to France, as well as La Spezia, Rome, Civitavecchia and Pompeii.
There will be short stops at Venice and Croatia, before finishing in Barcelona again. The ship has a wide range of accommodation, from the standard fare to the extremely luxurious staterooms. Deluxe ocean-views with verandas overlooking stunning oceanic vistas are also available.
Princess Cruises’ Glacier Bay Seattle Roundtrip
For those looking for something a little more adventurous than a cruise around the Mediterranean, then this is a great alternative for the discerning traveller.
Setting sail at the end of May from the ‘Emerald City’ of Washington state, Seattle; the Star Princess cruise ship will head to Juneau, Alaska - also known as that state’s ‘little San Francisco’. Here, you’ll be treated to a guided helicopter ride, a drive-in glacier, quality shopping experiences and more.
After a few more Alaskan stops, namely Skagway, the Glacier Bay National Park and Ketchikan, the ship will continue to Victoria, British Columbia, where you can stroll through the legendary Crystal Garden.
Crystal Cruises’ Crystal European & Mediterranean cruise
Embarkation for this glorious odyssey takes place in the stunning historic city of Istanbul. After a day of exploring this glorious city, you’ll be taken to a few other Turkish locations including Canakkale and Kusadasi.
After cruising in the Mediterranean, you’ll eventually arrive in the island nation of Malta. The trip will conclude after a tour of some Italian cities, namely Palmero in Sicily, Sorrento and finally Rome, where you will disembark from this magical tour.
Hurtigruten’s Scandinavian Journey
Set sail aboard the MS Vesteralen. This cruise will pass by a large number of scenic Scandinavian locations, like Bergen, Floro, Maloy, Torvik and Alesund to name a few.
There’ll be a stopover in Trondheim, the old capital of Norway, as well as Bodo, where you can take a Sea Eagle safari!