Combining luxury and adventure, cruises are more popular than ever.
Once upon a time cruises weren’t thought of as the luxury escapes they are today, and we almost can’t imagine travelling in any other way.
Luxury cruising is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the holiday trade, and average ages of cruise travellers are getting lower each year.
So what makes it so popular? Access, for one. The best way to reach many of the world’s most interesting and off-the-beaten-track destinations is by cruise ship.
And, unlike planes, which seem to be getting smaller all the time, meaning that you can’t read your book in comfort or stretch your legs when you want to, cruise ships have an abundance of room to walk about, comfortable seats to lounge on and generally just about every type of luxury that you can wish for at sea.
Take a look at our guide of five top holiday destinations being booked by cruise passengers in 2017.
Let’s be honest, you did not expect that to be at the top of our list, did you? It may be a cliché, but it is true: nothing can prepare you for the awe of stepping onto the ice for the very first time.
Antarctica is a completely new world of pristine beauty, breath-taking wildlife and inestimable importance in an environmental and historical sense, and travelling to the base of the globe is a long-held dream for most people.
As well as visiting this extraordinary continent, two intriguing archipelagos are also part of the itinerary.
South Georgia Island is one of the most unique and important bio-diverse places on Earth, while the Falkland Islands offer up plenty of natural beauty, penguins and seals, along with an intriguing history.
If snow and ice don’t appeal, take a look at a Mediterranean cruise to get you away from it all.
Just imagine: one day the romance of Venice, then the bright beauty of Croatia followed by the exotic delights of Turkey, before sampling the crystalline waters of the Greek Islands, the feistiness of Spain and the rare gems of Morocco.
Sleepy ports, bustling cities full of heritage and culture, great seafood and an ever-changing panorama to greet your eyes each morning, with shore excursions followed by exotic meals with the flavours of the countries you are visiting, and world-class entertainment at night.
Imagine yourself on board a luxury yacht sailing around the fascinating archipelago that is the Galapagos Islands.
Enjoy a cruise through the Islands as part of a touring itinerary through Peru, where you can also discover the mighty Machu Picchu and travel to the Sacred valley and immerse yourself in the culture and history of the local people.
Each day on board you can travel by Zodiac to the Islands, here you can ignite the adventurer within and take up the chance to snorkel or even kayak. And depending on when you go you can witness an array of eccentric wildlife from iguanas, giant tortoise, penguins, geckos and sea lions.
It has been said that Iceland is not a destination, but an adventure.
Travelling to Iceland will let you experience the stunning Icelandic nature, the beauty of the rugged landscape and the creativity of the Icelandic people.
Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where fire and ice co-exist and where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun.
On your cruise, you can discover this incredible country with its stunning volcanic beauty, mythical tales, outstanding artisans and quirky locals via helicopter, submarine, kayak and Zodiac.
Spot whales, a myriad of wildlife - including 100s of colourful and fascinating Puffins - and marvel at the Northern Lights.
It is a fact, that many travellers cross the globe to ever more exotic destinations, without taking the time to discover their own country - or continent!
Although its remoteness makes Australia an exotic destination to some, it is the unique wildlife, dramatic and serene landscapes, ancient indigenous culture and vibrant, cosmopolitan cities, that makes it irresistible to travellers.
Make a memorable journey through the Northern Territory and Western Australia, stopping at intriguing destinations such as the rugged mountains of the Kimberley region, the exceptional vineyards of Margaret River and the iconic heart of Australia, Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Whether you're travelling to one of our many ultimate destinations around the world, or exploring the hidden treasures in our own backyard, you can be sure of the finest quality and personalised service when travelling with Scenic.
In 2016, Scenic celebrated 30 years as a leader in its field. The Scenic team has worked tirelessly to earn a world-class reputation for creating and delivering the ultimate cruising and touring itineraries for travellers who seek wondrous experiences and exceptional 5-star service.
Find out more about the many luxury cruise and tour options and special offers here and make this the year you rediscover your sense of wonder.
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