Exploring the world by cruise ship

17 October 2017

Auckland, New Zealand

We’re so used to zooming from place to place as quickly as possible and it’s all too easy to miss the little moments on the way. The spectacular scenery that seems to roll by as we gently drift past, gazing at every inch. The excitement of seeing a tiny tip of land come into view as we feel the sea air on our skin. Often, these are the moments that become some of our favourite travel memories, aren’t they?

This year, why not take a moment to slow down and make the journey a part of your travels.

And, what better way to do so than by sailing around the world? From watching with anticipation as the ports come in to view to sipping a glass of wine as the sun sets in the distance, travelling by sea is a truly wonderful way to enjoy every moment of your travels.

There are many world cruises to choose from, with different destinations, itineraries and lengths depending upon the places you’d like to experience and the time of year you can travel. Many voyages explore the globe for upwards of 80 days, allowing you to discover a whole host of far-flung shores from Japan to Sri Lanka to Australia and experience the breathtaking facilities on these opulent ships.

Can't quite manage a full 120 days on-board? Try joining the ship at one of its ports. Your journey might be shorter but you’ll still explore the world at a delightful pace.  

Read on to discover some of the worldwide destinations you could explore...

Bermuda

Hamilton, Bermuda

Nestled in the Atlantic, Bermuda offers a wonderful blend of British charm and island soul. A sub-tropical paradise, expect dramatic coastlines with pink sand beaches, and bright blue waters teeming with marine life. From scuba diving to golf, walking the railway trail to sailing, there’s plenty to do here. And if you’re visting in spring, look out for the humpback whales as they make their annual arrival into Bermuda’s crystal clear waters!

Fiji

Fiji

Made up of 322 islands and located almost 2,000 miles away from Australia, Fiji is an exquisite destination of emerald green jungle and dazzling beaches, and a famously laidback pace of life. As well as the palm-lined beaches, you’ll also find ornate, brightly coloured Hindu temples, waterfalls running through tropical forests with orchids hanging over, and bustling markets, restaurants and bars.

Cape Town, South Africa

Penguins on Boulders Beach, Cape Town South Africa

Cosmopolitan Cape Town is a fabulous blend of stunning scenery, incredible food and wine, and arts and culture. With Table Mountain soaring in the background, Cape Town offers Boulders Beach and its famous penguins, the spectacular V&A Waterfront, as well as wine regions, Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, that are a mere hour away by car. You’ll also find an array of fascinating museums and art galleries, including the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, on Robben Island.

Perth, Australia

Perth, Australia

This sophisticated Australian city on the banks of the Swan River in Western Australia is a delight of green parks, waterways, historic buildings, and more than 50 miles of sandy beaches. Gardeners can explore over 950 acres of parkland and gardens at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, and keen birdwatchers can keep an eye out for the 80-plus species of feathered friends who live in the bushland here. Wine-lovers mustn’t miss tasting some of the areas famous wines!

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

North of Auckland lie 144 islands, known as the Bay of Islands. With a sub-tropical climate, these islands are known for their golden beaches, sprawling rainforest, and history (the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by the British Crown and Maori here in 1840). Activities to do here include sea kayaking to spot dolphins, walks through the beautiful forests, and wandering around the pretty seaside towns.

Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa Beach, Japan

At the southern tip of Japan, you’ll find the Okinawa prefecture – a dazzling archipelago with white beaches and surrounded by azure waters. Made up of a group of islands, the Okinawa Islands, Miyako Islands and Yaeyama Islands, the area has a sub-tropical climate and is renowned for its coral reefs and marine life, perfect for scuba diving or snorkelling. While the islands offer beautiful beaches, a trip here wouldn’t be complete without visiting the memorials commemorating the Battle of Okinawa (during World War Two) or Peace Memorial Museum.

Tempted to begin a round the world cruise? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to discover the incredible itineraries and departure ports!

 

 

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