Cruising – you either love it, or you don’t. We’ve decided to look at cruising with fresh eyes, and investigate cruises with a difference. Even those who have never considered cruising a valid holiday option, you might change your mind!
1. Voyages to Antiquity. Featuring small ship river and coastal cruising, Voyages to Antiquity prides itself on providing guests expert guest speakers with itineraries focussing on history and culture. There’s a good choice of included shore excursions. Carrying an average of 350 passengers, these cruises are perfect for the older, child-free traveller looking to immerse themselves in a destination.
2. Uniworld. The first thing you’ll notice about Uniworld’s riverboats is the décor. They are bold and unique, and reflect the style of the country they are visiting. Rather than offering a huge range of facilities, Uniworld specialises in bringing local entertainment acts on board and you’re encouraged to visit the port cities by a provided bicycle. Most shore excursions are included in the fare. Perfect for those seeking a boutique experience with plenty of independent sightseeing time.
3. Lindblad Expeditions. Allied with National Geographic, Lindblad offers adventure cruises on ships that range in size from 28 to 148 passengers. You won’t find lots of facilities on these ships, rather the focus is on subject experts and scientific tools such as underwater cameras and video microscopes. Staff range from historians to naturalists, and some cruises also have a National Geographic photographer. If you’re thinking of a destination such as the Galapagos, Antarctica or Greenland, Lindblad is well worth considering. They also offer photography specific cruises for the camera enthusiast.
4. Viking. This cruise line is renowned for its high quality onshore excursions. So if your priority is sightseeing, this cruise line offers itineraries that have at least one shore excursion per port, and the itineraries are very land intensive, so you’re not spending most of your holiday at sea. This cruise line is also a specialist in Russia and the Baltics.
5. Windstar. These beautiful yachts are at the luxury end of the price scale. They are small and boutique with L’Occitane toiletries, fine dining and spacious suites. They are perfect for couples seeking a more romantic experience, and for those that love the water. The Windstar experience is about getting the sea air through your hair and enjoying the many water sport activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, sailing on small boats and water skiing.
6. UnCruise Adventures. The name says it all – if you’re not a cruising person, UnCruise may be for you. These adventure cruises take you into the smaller inlets and bays to allow you maximum exposure to the local wildlife and nature. Dining is focussed on gourmet locally sourced ingredients paired with fine wines and boutique beers.
7. Silverseas. Offering a five star luxury experience, Silverseas has many speciality themed cruises. Try a gourmet food and wine cruise, or a ‘Wellness Expedition’. They also offer photography cruises staffed with professional photography instructors, birdwatching expeditions and cruises for scuba-diving.
Cherry’s consultants are experts in cruising, and in helping you choose the perfect cruise for you. Ask us for assistance. See our current cruise picks here.