Do you fancy going on a luxury cruise? I bet most of you will say YES! I had the opportunity to attend my first cruise convention the Cruise Show by the Telegraph and Escapes Events. A perfect way to find the best cruise inspirations.
Cruise is another way of exploring the world. Explore the seven splendid and enormous seas of the world up to the famous canals of the Americas, Asia and Europe.
People have the impression that cruising is just for people who are enjoying their retirement, but cruising is for all ages. I think this is relaxing way and convenient as you don’t have to pack and unpack your bags every time you visit a new destination.
The cruise ships have their restaurants, bars and other entertainment on board. Gala Night is one thing that you can look forward to and gracefully dance the night away. You can also enjoy the different land-based tours at each destination.
There are many ways you can enjoy the luxury of cruising. You can book a cruise now 1 to 2 years prior to your sailing date. Deposits are required to secure your booking, and you can just pay it in an instalment. Always check the terms and conditions as some of the cruises will require full payment, especially if it’s closer to the sailing date.
Different Cruise companies who take part in this cruise convention event:
- APT Luxury River Cruises
- Avalon Waterways
- Celebrity Cruises
- Cruise and Maritime Voyages
- Eavesway Cruiselink
- Emerald Waterways
- Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines
- Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
- Iceland Protravel & Iceland Procruises
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Oceania Cruises
- P & O Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- Saga Cruising
- Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours
- Silver Sea
- Star Clippers
- The River Cruise Line
- The Small Cruise Ship Collection
- Thomson Cruises
- Viking Cruises
During the cruise convention, they also have some inspiring talks from the cruise experts and cruise company representatives. They discussed the various cruise trends, sustainability and what will be the best cruise for your budget.
My first-time experience attending a cruise convention event like this gave me a whole set of cruise inspirations on how I can conveniently travel the world. Let me share with you various cruises from different parts of the world to inspire you!
Cruise Inspirations from around the world:
Cruises in Europe:
This is the most popular cruise in Europe. The most popular routes are the Adriatic Sea, Eastern, and Western Mediterranean.
The Adriatic sea route will go to Croatia, Malta and around the Balkan coast. The Eastern Mediterranean showcases the beauty of the Greek Isles, the historical sites in Turkey through the Black Sea and the Holy Land. The West Mediterranean will take you to the gems of France, Italy, Spain and Malta. The ship also docks in the different coastal ports of Morocco and Tunisia in Africa.
The Baltic Cruises will take you to the beautiful coasts of the Scandinavian countries. The ship will stop in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. Some cruise lines can also offer stops in Russia, Estonia and Northern Germany.
Cruising in the Norwegian fjords is indeed magnificent. It will stop in different coastal towns up to the Arctic Circle from Bergen up to the northernmost part of Kirkenes. Some cruise lines will also dock in the city of Tromso, the Northern Lights city.
British Isles cruises will take you to the beautiful coastal towns of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The voyage mostly embarks from Southampton and will cruise around the British Isles.
I wrote another article about Ways How to Get from London to Southampton, I’m sure you will find it handy in planning for your cruise.
Iceland & Greenland Cruise
These two North Atlantic Islands are worth discovering. The Iceland cruise will take you through Iceland’s coastal towns like Reykjavik, Akureyri, Höfn, and Ísafjörður. Greenland Cruises embarks from Iceland and will sail through Narsarsuaq, Nuuk and up to Ummannaq. A scenic cruise that will enable you to explore and enjoy the beauty of the cold North Atlantic landscape, icebergs, polar bears, and whales.
Danube River Cruise
One of the most popular river cruises in Europe. The Danube river stretches across 10 European countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine). River cruise fleets are way smaller than the sea or ocean fleets, so they easily navigate through the river locks. The popular river cruise hub on this route is Budapest.
French River Cruise (The Seine, Saone, and Rhone)
The Seine river cruise is the most popular route in France. It runs from Dijon passing through Paris up to the English channel. Other famous French river cruises are the Saone and Rhone. These river cruises are usually combined as the Saone and Rhone rivers meet in Lyon, France. The Saone River starts in the Northeast of France and ends in Lyon whereas the Rhone river begins and ends near the Mediterranean sea. You will enjoy the scenic view of the French countryside.
Rhine River Cruise
The Rhine river is considered to be one of the most historical and important rivers in Europe. The Rhine runs through the borders of 6 European countries (The Netherlands, Liechtenstein, France, Germany and Switzerland). The scenic route of the Rhine River showcases different countryside landscapes, vineyards, castles and countless small European towns.
Dutch Waterways cruise
The Dutch waterways cruise is commonly known as the “Tulip time” or the “Tulip and Windmills” route. This river cruise will take you through the networks of small rivers and canals around the Netherlands and Belgium passing through the small towns. The best time to go for this cruise is during Spring time in Europe when you can see the beautiful buds and blooming tulips in this region.
Cruises in the Americas:
USA and Canada Cruises
Enjoy a lovely cruise in Alaska where you can see the different ice formations and icebergs in Glacier Bay and the Icy Strait. The journey starts from Seattle, Washington, Vancouver or Victoria. There are also cruise voyages from San Diego that will travel along the whole eastern coast of the US & Canada. The Trans – Atlantic voyages cruises from Europe (Southampton, UK and Barcelona, Spain) to New York or Florida.
Florida is a major gateway cruise hub for most of the cruise lines that will go to South & Central America and the Trans- Atlantic voyages.
Hawaii and the Pacific
The Hawaii and Pacific cruises frequently start from San Diego and make their way to Hawaii, the Cook Islands, and French Polynesia (Bora-Bora). This trip is the perfect time to bond with nature and explore the different islands in the Pacific.
Central America Cruise
The Central America cruises will take you to the beautiful coast of Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
Panama is considered to be the shortcut for most shipping lines to access the Pacific from the Atlantic and vice versa. Passing through different locks this great canal is an impressive work of maritime engineering to make the sailing time shorter between the two oceans and avoid the hazardous Cape Horn route.
The Caribbean cruise will sail around the exotic islands on the west side of Central America. You will feel the relaxing vibes in the Caribbean and be able to explore islands such as Barbados, Bahamas, Jamaica, Martinique, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Virgin Islands, Curacao, and St. Lucia.
Amazon River Cruises
Immerse yourself in the great Amazon River. The mighty Amazon River is home to rich biodiversity and the untouched rainforest of South America. The river runs from Peru through to Brazil and finishes in the Atlantic Ocean.
Cape Horn Cruise
Cape Horn is one of the southern islands of Chile where the Drake passage sits and where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet. Cape Horn is a scenic yet dangerous passage due to the strong winds, currents and icebergs. The cruise will take you mostly around the coast of Brazil, Uruguay, Chilean fjords and Falkland Island.
Antarctica Cruises from Argentina
The Antarctica Cruises typically start from Ushuaia or Patagonia, Argentina. There are cruise expeditions that can take you to the Antarctic Peninsula.
There are different activities available for you to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime exploration, such as canoeing, small boat cruises, hiking and various wildlife encounters.
Cruises in Asia:
Mekong River Cruise
You can enjoy the exotic and ancient beauty of the Mekong and its small riverbank villages. The cruise will either start in Siem Reap, Cambodia or Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The cruise will take about two weeks where you will slowly discover the secrets of the Mekong river.
Irrawaddy River Cruise
Irrawaddy River lies in the heart of Myanmar (Burma). The trip will start in Yangon, and the cruise will embark in Bagan up through the northern part of Myanmar, Bhamo. The guests will then fly back to Yangon to finish their Burmese adventure. You will discover the endless temples, picturesque landscape, and gastronomical Burmese cuisines.
Southeast Asian Cruises
Most Southeast Asian Cruise starts from the cosmopolitan city of Singapore. The journey will take you to the coastal cities of Southeast Asian countries like Bangkok via Laemchabang, Ho Chi Minh City via Phu My, and the retail hub of Hong Kong, China. Some cruise lines will also dock in the Philippines (Manila, Palawan & Boracay).
Indian Ocean Cruises
Indian Ocean cruises will take you to the mystic beauty of the Arabian peninsula. Embark from Hong Kong and it will sail through Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.
The journey will then enter the Arabian Peninsula and will stop in the bustling city of Dubai, Muscat. It will make its way through the rustic beauty of the Nile in Eygpt and Jordan before it makes its way thru the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal is the gateway to the Mediterranean sea.
Far East Cruises
You can also discover the gems of China, Japan, and South Korea through cruising.
The cruise will start from the bustling city of Hong Kong and will make its way to Taiwan (Keelung), Japan (Nagasaki), South Korea (Busan, Seoul & Jeju Island) and will finish the last leg of the journey in Beijing and Shanghai, China. This trip is truly a magnificent way to discover the hidden gems and culture of the Far East.
I hope that these cruise inspirations also influenced you to take your first cruise or yet again another cruise, because, why not? You deserve it! This first experience of mine in attending a cruise convention truly inspired me in the world of cruising.