I’ve never cruised before (and have a bit of a fear of being out on a big open ocean to be honest!), but I love learning about all the different cruise itineraries an destinations! Maybe a Mediterranean cruise someday 🙂 Check out this post from Diana Smith, a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a travel lover. Follow her on Twitter at @DianaSmith82!
Cruises are something we all associate with affluent pensioners, but the truth is that they are more than just the preserve of wealthy retirees.
Cruise lines have sailed away from their old-fashioned image of being structured and formal, but don’t worry; there’s still a big chance that you’ll meet your Jack Dawson or Rose Calvert if you decide to go on an adventure of this kind. So, with that being said, let’s take a look at some of the best cruise destinations for 2018.
Island nations are usually not posh and polished, but Bermuda is different. In a way, Bermuda is quite similar to Australia. The citizens of this country are relaxed and always have a smile on their faces. This comes as no surprise since they’re surrounded with wonders such as the Crystal Caves and Horseshoe Bay Beach.
Things to do in Bermuda:
- Practice your golf swing – Some of the world’s best golf courses are on this island.
- Visit the oldest Anglican Church still in use, St. Peter’s, which was built in 1620.
- Do some shopping at the Royal Navy Dockyard.
- Go underground and see massive underground caves.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
The most cosmopolitan island of the U.S. Virgin Islands chain is St. Thomas, so if you love to spend money don’t miss your chance to do some duty-free shopping. Pick up some locally-made spices, sauces, and jams along with some unique jewelry for yourself and your friends.
Of course, shopping is not the only thing that you can do in St. Thomas:
- Kayak in the dark – Night kayaking is the best way to enjoy the water if you want to avoid sunburn.
- Swim with sea turtles – Swimming with these underwater creatures is an experience you’ll never forget.
- Visit Coral World Ocean Park – If you want to feed wild iguanas or even pet a shark, this is the place for you.
Don’t pack too much for your Caribbean cruise; you’ll spend most of your time on the beach.
Don’t rely on public transport to get to your ship, book an Encore corporate car with a chauffeur and start your holiday relaxed and in style.
The Pearl of the Adriatic is one of the world’s top cruise destinations in this decade, and that comes as no surprise. This city is as charming as they come, and has that eternal beauty that is characteristic for the whole coast of Dalmatia.
If you’re a Game of Thrones aficionado, you already know that Dubrovnik is the main filming location for King’s Landing. If you’re not, don’t worry, there’s plenty to do there besides trying to find the exact locations from a TV show:
- Overdose on pizza and cats – Italy might be famous for pizza, but the Croatians know how to make it too. As for the cats, they’re always there somewhere, so don’t be afraid to pet them and feed them.
- Visit Dubrovnik Cathedral – The interior artworks in this cathedral are old and impressive, and in the treasury, there are many liturgical items dating from 1000s to 1700s, including the gold-plated bones of St. Blaise.
- Sink a beer in peace – The bar table from your dreams is not far away. There are two open-air bars cut in the sea-facing rocks, Buza 1 and Buza 2. At No.1 you can even dive naked into Adriatic. Find your niche and enjoy!
Going on a cruise is a unique experience, and choosing the right destination(s) is important. Pick the right cruise ship and destination, and you’ll have the time of your life. Pick the wrong one, and you’ll get bored like you’re at work. Inform yourself about every little thing, pack your bags, and enjoy the cruise!