Cruising is the fastest developing market within the travel industry, with travelers looking to combine the comfort and relaxation of a hotel room with the placid sailing across the ocean. With a wide variety of cruise ships and destinations to choose from, a cruise can cater for each individual taste. Whether it be a themed cruise around the Mediterranean or a relaxing Transatlantic adventure to New York, 2012 is sure to see another significant increase in cruise passengers. Here is our guide to 5 of the most popular destination choices for cruisers in 2012.
For cruisers looking for a typical cruise consisting of glorious sunshine, exotic islands and crystal clear waters, the Caribbean is really in a league of its own. Cruisers have flocked to the Caribbean for years, eager to soak up the stunning climate and sumptuous beaches. When you combine stunning islands such as Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda & the Bahamas with a variety of local foods and cultures, it is no wonder that Caribbean cruises have been so popular for many years. Waking up each morning to a new slice of paradise, cruisers are left breathless and with memories to last a lifetime. Look out for great last minute cruise deals around October and November where there is less demand yet still great weather
Boasting beautiful historic cities such as Rome, Venice, Barcelona & Athens, the Mediterranean is Europe’s most popular cruise destination. With a stunning climate all year round and major cities steeped in history and culture, Mediterranean cruises are very popular among guests seeking an adventurous, action packed experience. With many Med cruises departing from UK ports such as Southampton & Dover, those of you who are not keen on flying have the option to enjoy this fantastic voyage without having to board a plane.
The number of cruisers rushing to the Norwegian Fjords has increased significantly during 2011, and is sure to be just as popular in 2012. Blessed with amazing scenery and sumptuous natural splendors, what better way to take in this stunning European destination than on board a luxury cruise ship? We would recommend selecting a smaller ship, with Hurtigruten’s Ms Vesteralen a very popular choice, providing a pleasant tight-knit, traditional feel. Be sure to pack your camera to capture the beautiful moments as you cruise past the vast glaciers and rolling hillsides!
Situated in the southwest of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius emerged as an up-and-coming cruise destination in 2011. Blessed with a climate of tropical proportions which features only 2 seasons, winter and summer (though it’s hard to tell the difference between the two!), tourists are flocking here all year round to soak up the stunning sunshine. Visiting Mauritius between December and February is sure to offer the ultimate experience of enjoying the Indian Ocean sun at its hottest, ideal for those of you who enjoy participating in various water sports or relaxing on sensational beaches.
Amazing Glacial Views, a wide variety of Wildlife and unique shore excursions all play their part in adding to the excitement of an Alaskan Cruise. The stunning views of Glacier Bay and cruising the inside passage are among the highlights of cruising around Alaska, with sightings of Bald eagles soaring over head and Humpback whales surfacing for air, both being noted by previous passengers. Again, be sure to remember your cameras to capture the breathtaking moments during this incredible cruise adventure.