Forget what you think you know about cruising and get onboard one of the fastest growing sectors in the travel market. Once considered the exclusive domain of the newlywed (and nearly dead), the new generation of cruise ships is jam-packed full of fun that’s an ocean away from any lingering memories of The Love Boat. With a sense of adventure and all-inclusive prices, these awesome cruise deals allow you to see a lot more of the world while paying a lot less.
And there’s plenty of pluses on a cruise holiday. Like a floating resort, all your food, accommodation and onboard activities are taken care of in your all-inclusive price, and where else do you only need to unpack once while island-hopping or visiting multiple countries? Sailing by ship also allows you to access ports and stops you can’t easily reach by air or land transport. Expect a stress-free vacation while enjoying resort living on your way to some of the most stunning and exotic locations on the globe. Island-hopping in the South Pacific or cruising to Antarctica, anyone?
There’s also heaps to do onboard your cruise liner too. The latest ships boast amazing amenities like multiple pools to laze around with cocktails, multi-storey waterslides, ropes courses, basketball half-courts, bootcamps at sea, movie theatres and even ice-skating rinks all offer a ship-shape experience on your sea days, and then you can cram your port stops with sightseeing, shopping and, depending where you are, more sunbaking and swimming!
There’s more than one way to cruise the seas. Fancy an adventurous sojourn along the Amazon River dodging swimming anacondas and searching for the elusive pink river dolphin? Or seeing the Northern Lights on a cruise through Alaska or the fjords of Norway? If a cold-climate cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic Circle doesn’t exactly float your boat, how about the Mekong Delta in Indochina or doing a river cruise along famous European rivers, stopping off at the wine and cheese capitals of the world?
Of course, an ocean cruise is synonymous with tropical islands and there’s plenty of idyllic spots for island-hopping and beach partying. Popular stops include the beautiful islands of the South Pacific where you can take in Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu on an all-inclusive cruise. Or join the spring breakers on a ship to the islands of the Caribbean and the Mexico coast or the Bahamas and Hawaii for more palm trees, balmy breezes and Insta-worthy pics than you can poke a frozen pina colada at.