Cruises have never been more glamorous and adventurous – here’s six cruise holidays taking place in 2019
It seems 2019 is the time to take to the water for a cruise holiday of a lifetime. There is an ocean of opportunities out there just waiting to be discovered. And cruises have never been trendier as younger generations are now boarding boats more than ever realising just how exciting a holiday like this can be.
If you think a cruise holiday is for you, check out these six trips happening in 2019. How ever will you choose!?
1. Mediterranean Gems
Set sail around the Mediterranean on the brand new for 2019 Marella Explorer 2. An adult-only cruise ship with sailings starting in the summer.
The Mediterranean Gems itinerary is a seven-night holiday starting at Naples and then heading to Palamos in Spain. It then travels to Toulon on France’s Cote d’Azur. Before making it way back to Italy for stops at Livorno, Civitavecchia and Sardinia.
On this cruise holiday, you’ll visit the ancient Italian cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. As well as enjoy the dazzling sites of Florence and Rome. Not forgetting the world’s best pizza in Naples and the sun-soaked beaches of the Mediterranean coastline.
The Marella Explorer 2 has a Champneys Spa, a Broadway-rivalling show lounge and numerous bars and restaurants. Facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool, mini golf and a gym with ocean views are also on board.
Mediterranean Gems costs from £1,193 per person with CruiseDeals.co.uk, including all meals and selected drinks, plus flights from Bristol and transfers. 7-nights, departs August 7, 2019.
2. Luxury Venice & Greek Isles
If white sandy beaches, stunning architecture and picturesque landscapes are your bag then you won’t find a more enticing place than the Greek Isles. And when you add a luxury Norwegian cruise liner into the mix, you have a recipe for an amazing break.
This route begins in Venice before moving to Kotor in Montenegro. Then it travels to Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos and Kefalonia and Dubrovnik. Then it’s back to Venice. You can add Piraeus in Athens and Split in Croatia if you travel for 10 or 11 nights.
Island hop around the Greek Isles and visit the birthplace of the Duke of Edinburgh on Corfu. or perhaps you’d prefer to enjoy the legend of the lost city of Atlantis in Santorini. And of course there are also the pristine beaches of Mykonos to explore.
Sail on the family-friendly Norwegian Star which has 15 dining options and 10 bars and lounges, a casino, swimming pools and a spa.
The luxury Venice and Greek Isles cruise on the Norwegian Star starts from £1,629 per person with www.jetlinecruise.com. This includes a premium on board all-inclusive basis, flights from London Gatwick (a supplement is charged for flights from Manchester and East Midlands), water taxis and two nights accommodation in Venice. 7-nights, departs August 16, 2019.
3. Transatlantic Homecoming
If you’ve got some free time on your hands this spring, you might want to spend it aboard the Marella Explorer on its transatlantic journey home from the Caribbean.
The 19-night cruise from Barbados to Southampton starts with six days of visits to Caribbean islands including St Lucia, St Kitts, Antigua, St Maarten and the British Virgin Islands. Then you spend a week at sea with two stops at the Azores. The ship then travels along the French coast to Belgium and across to England’s south coast.
The Marella Explorer has swimming pools, a cinema and a spa, as well as 10 places to dine.
Transatlantic Homecoming costs from £1,599 per person with cruisedeals.co.uk. This includes outbound flights from Birmingham, transfers, cabin, meals and selected drinks. 19-nights, departs April 28, 2019.
Fancy feeling like a celebrity while on your next holiday? The SeaDream Yacht Club has announced a series of exclusive Cuba itineraries for 2019. Set sail navigating this colourful island nation from Havana to Cienfuegos. Including up to six stops in some of the country’s most storied and least-travelled ports.
With miles of beaches, charming ports of call and brilliant turquoise water, the scenic landscape of Cuba is something you don’t want to miss out on. You can explore the Spanish elegance and culture of capital city of Havana; experience the idyllic beaches of Cayo Largo off the northwest coast of the mainland; and visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites – all while cruising aboard a stylish and luxurious yacht.
These boats are certainly more glamorous and intimate than a cruise liner with a maximum of 112 guests allowed on board, and with a 95-person crew making it almost 1:1 service there isn’t really much else to consider – except the cost!
All-inclusive fares for the 7-day Cuba voyages start at £4421 per person with www.seadream.com, excluding flights and transfers.
5. Realm of the Polar Bear
Region: Scandinavia & The Arctic
If you fancy taking adventure to its limits, then an eight-day arctic tour from Longyearbyen to Longyearbyen allows you to do just that.
Starting off in Longyearbyen in Norway, you’ll go on to Spitsbergen where wildlife like the Arctic Fox roams. You’ll not only also have the chance to get up close encounters with icebergs and glaciers but also with some of the region’s most hard-to-spot wildlife. And, you won’t be confined to the ship either as this tour allows you to explore on zodiacs and foot, accompanied by experts, to spot lounging seals, grazing reindeer, colonies of birds and, if you’re lucky, the infamous polar bear.
With experts on board the ship to give you the lowdown on the wildlife and environment, you’ll be fully immersed into the northern way. The G Expedition provides an intimate small-ship cruising experience with large observation decks.
The Realm of the Polar Bear cruise starts from £2,799 per person with www.gadventures.co.uk, on board the G Expedition, including cabin, arrival transfer, most meals, zodiac excursions and educational programmes. 8-nights, departure dates between June 13 and July 24, 2019.
6. Iceland’s Magestic Landscapes
Region: Scandinavia & The Arctic
Covering three countries and with nine guided tours, this 13-day cruise will take to some of the most impressive places on earth.
Starting off in Norway, this destination-packed cruise takes you up through the North Sea and beyond to experience natural beauty at its most magnificent. Stopping at the pretty village of Flam and the cosmopolitan Alesund before setting your eyes on one of Norway’s most spectacular natural treasures – Geiranger. Then cruise the North Sea visiting spots rich in Viking history before making your way to a tour of Iceland, including Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, and Reykjavik.
Prices for the Iceland Magestic Cruise start from £4,990 with ww.vikingcruises.co.uk. 12 nights, departs May 27, June 8, Aug 1.