The world’s best cruises

If you are a cruise-lover, then these top 10 destinations must be a part of your travel list. Read to find out..

india Updated: Nov 17, 2010 00:56 IST

For those who want to try a more adventurous holiday in 2011, but do not want to leave their home comforts behind, a cruise could provide the solution. Pick one from among these world’s top 10 destinations:

While in Australia, you can avoid long coach tours, time-consuming drives and expensive internal flights in this expansive country, by sailing lazily along the East Coast, stopping at all the best tourist spots — from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney harbour.

These two countries offer beautiful scenery and vibrant cultures. But making your own travel arrangements to tour these exotic destinations can be a daunting task. Taking a cruise along the Mekong River is an excellent way to enjoy an organised tour, without foregoing too many home comforts.

Middle East:
A cruise offers a gentle introduction to the region and an easy way to explore. It lets you experience the sights, cultures and traditions of a number of countries, while allowing you to retreat to more familiar surroundings.

A cruise is simply the easiest way to enjoy this beautiful, but uncompromising region. The views from the water are spectacular and quite often, a cruise here is the best way to see wildlife and reach the coastal towns and villages. Optional shore excursions allow you to be as adventurous, or sedate.

South America:
For those with a sense for adventure, a South American cruise is the perfect way to explore ports in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and beyond. Travellers get a taste of the rugged, natural beauty, vibrant cities and wonderful cultures, which South America has to offer.

Northern Europe:
Viewing the Norwegian Fjords or Russia’s St Petersburg by ship is a great way to enjoy the landscape, and cut travel costs as these countries are notoriously expensive. The pricing offered by cruise lines, which includes meals, accommodation and transportation, can make the trip much more affordable.

Western Mediterranean:
The ever popular Med is a top choice for Brits looking for a value-packed holiday in the sun. A cruise, not only offers a new way to experience this region while enjoying similar inclusive deals to many resorts, but takes you along the coast to enjoy new beaches every day.

British Isles:
Traffic and over-priced accommodation are reason enough. A cruise will take you through out-of-the-way places such as the Orkney Islands.

Europe’s Rivers:
River cruising has brushed up its image, added some new ships and more active excursions, which means that it now offers excellent value compared to going it alone in the Eurozone. It’s a great option for visiting a handful of countries in a single trip.

It’s expensive and time-consuming to fly between islands, so take a Caribbean cruise and let someone else worry about the travel arrangements while you relax by the pool until you reach your next port of call.

First Published: Nov 16, 2010 16:55 IST