Cruise holidays are no longer an indulgence of affluent travelers. There’s something for just about everyone from budget Star Wars themed cruises to child-friendly Disney cruises to wildlife watching voyages. Team Must Do Travels brings you the 12 must do cruises across the world. Well, whatever rocks your boat, we say!
12. Around the World With Fred Olsen
This is for those seeking a seriously extended round the world voyage, starting from Southampton, going all the way down to Sydney. Around the World with Fred Olsen features a characteristically British vibe, complete with a customary pub, a fine assortment of eateries and bars, multiple game tables, cinema, tennis nets, practice golf arena and a well-appointed spa/sauna. Popular stops include South America, French Polynesia, The Caribbean, Maldives and more. Available in 43-night and 63-night (return trip) options.
11. G Adventures Mekong Cruise
A flourishing trade route for eons, replete with wildlife, culture-packed small towns and unbelievable historic sites (Ankor Wat), the Mekong trans-border river lures sea adventure seekers for a 10-day trip spanning Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the Toum Tiou 2 (a traditional riverboat with the capacity to sleep 28 passengers). Its highlights are a sprawling sundeck and archetypical colonial décor. Enjoy a slice of South East Asia by visiting its vibrant floating markets or cycling through the labyrinth of paddy fields.
10. Whodunit on the Sea
This bizarrely interesting Southampton to Lisbon cruise is for suckers of murder mysteries and whodunits. In addition to a huge hide and seek game aboard the Murder Mystery Cruise (under the able guidance of oddball steward cum “inspector” Jack Pachuta), there are a string of workshops on writing the perfect murder mystery. Cruise along the France, Portugal and Spain, while you try to crack nerve-wrecking whodunits. Want to sample a dose of actual crime? Head to the art displayed in the ship’s public zones.
9. Crystal Serenity
Consistently ranked as one of the World’s best cruise liners by readers of leading travel publications (Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure), Crystal Serenity is much sought after for its flexible dining options, luxuriously appointed accommodations (majority of them staterooms with a private verandah), curated coastal expeditions and one of the best space per guest on cruise ratios. Hop aboard the 7 Night Iberian Sojourn featuring Ports of Call spanning Valencia, Malaga, Gibraltar, Lisbon and more.
8. Discover the World Antarctica Cruise
Fancy cruising near the polar zone? Intrepid adventurers passionate about the outdoors can go on a memorable voyage aboard Discover the World’s Antarctica polar expedition. With a maximum of seven passengers and limited departures, this ice-strengthened vessel gives you a first-hand account of the Antarctic Peninsula, complete with its penguins, seals and icebergs. The route offers abundant camping and hiking opportunities (with a special National Science Foundation permit), peppered with beach bumming and tucking into delicious sea food.
7. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
This newly launched 750-passneger cruise-liner is quickly becoming a favorite with the one-of-a-kind Mediterranean voyage seeking crowd. It has all the bells and whistles of a luxury cruise including a Canyon Ranch SpaClub to a swanky Parisian brasserie to the sea’s priciest suite (a gorgeous, 4,000 sq. ft. two bedroom wonder with a private spa). Passengers can participate in special Gourmet Explorer Tours (from shopping for olive oil to signing up for a pesto-sauce making session).
6. Harmony of Seas (Royal Caribbean)
It must’ve been quite a challenge for Royal Caribbean out do themselves (think skydiving simulators, giant sized ships and high speed Wi-Fi) with the swankier than ever Harmony of Seas (also the largest cruise vessel sailing). This short yet thoroughly eventful Mediterranean voyage helps time-starved travelers enjoy the best glimpses of Barcelona, Rome and Capri (spanning over three-nights). Oh! And did we mention the absolutely delightful signature fine-dining restaurant by Michael Schwartz? Pure luxury all the way!
5. Celebrity Reflection
The 2012 launched Celebrity Reflection from the eminent Celebrity Cruise stable is a nice option for those considering a full-throttle Caribbean voyage. Armed with six specialty dining options, an interactive activity center and cabana lounging (minus the crowd), there’s plenty to keep you enthralled. Their AquaClass suites come with exclusive amenities such as direct spa access, a private verandah and round-the-clock butler service. Passengers have rated the cruise high on personalized service (guest- crew ratio of 2:1).
4. Holland America 12-Night Celtic Adventure
Relax on the private verandah of your suite, enjoying vistas of Norway’s surreal fjords, guzzle a pint at one of Dublin’s famous pubs (or Denmark’s famed decadent breakfast) or catch magnificent views of Edinburg’s signature castles – all aboard Holland America’s 12-Night Celtic Adventure cruise. Combining the best of United Kingdom and selected Scandinavian hotspots, the cruise can also be paired back-to-back with other voyages to create a more extensive itinerary. Another plus – Holland American offers the more overnights feature at the start and end of their standard itineraries.
3. Disney Cruise Bahamas
Promising hours of on-board entertainment, excitement and luxury for the entire family, Disney Cruise’s Bahamas voyage features ports of call such as Key West, Nassau and hold your breath – Castaway Cay (Walt Disney’s own private island retreat). Hop on at New York (special sailings), and visit the magical Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy fun-filled family recreation in the form of character experiences, Broadway-style live entertainment and dazzling deck parties (with the signature Disney enchantment).
2. 21-Night Samba to Seashells Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises’ newest addition –Sirena- offers exceptional dining options (the Tuscan Steak restaurant being its tiara crown), along with a host of bars and lounges, a world-class spa, a private country club and a quintessentially relaxed vibe. Their popular 21-Night Samba to Seashells cruise features a rich itinerary spanning ports of call such as San Juan, Nassau, Miami, Salvador De Bahia, Buzios and more. Sprinkle this with lavish staterooms and flawless service and you have an unbeatable sea-vacation combination.
1. Carnival Vista
The 3,954 passenger vessel is Carnival’s largest, and offers a slew of new features such outdoor cycling simulators, an IMAX theatre, a specially appointed family stateroom zone, a raft-riding tube slide and generous ocean vistas. Carnival’s pioneer brewery The RedFrog Pub is onboard this popular liner. The 10 to 13- night Mediterranean journeys include port calls spanning Turkey, Croatia, Italy, France and more. Each vessel offers themed public access rooms and constant upgrades to incorporate more futuristic trends.