It’s summer and I bet you are already planning a nice long vacation. You can choose one of those popular cool circuits or you can plan an offbeat holiday on cruise! Imagine sailing into the sunset, enjoying full-board meals, entertainment and all facilities on board, all included! While India has started embracing the cruise scene only recently, there are multiple cruise liners abroad to choose from.
Here are our top five.
Mumbai – Goa
Your journey from Mumbai to Goa is now more fun and exciting. India has launched its first domestic luxury cruise-liner – Angriya which has set sail along the Mumbai-Goa route. This cruise, complete with luxury suites, swimming pools, bars & restaurants, spas and discotheques, can accommodate up to 400 persons. This would be a 14 hours journey with the cruise leaving from Mumbai at 4 pm and arriving in Goa at 9 am.
- Port of departure: Mumbai and Goa
- Best time to sail: November – May
The go-to destination for any cruise holiday are the Caribbean islands. Bright and sunny always, this cruise route if probably the best way to explore the islands without having to worry about multiple visas, flights and island transfers. There are a ton of routes to select from, which makes the Caribbean cruises the best and most popular of all. The Caribbean beaches offer a host of activities, from snorkeling to dolphin shows which also makes this cruise an ultimate family holiday.
- Port of departure: Most Caribbean cruises depart from Florida
- Best time to visit: November – May. (December to April are peak seasons)
Alaskan cruises are the most famous in the world, after the Caribbean cruises. Spectacular views of the fjords, mountains and glaciers as you sail your way through the Alaskan coastline are breathtaking. If incredible scenery, wildlife and pristine glaciers are what grab your attention, then you must embark on this cruise. The week-long cruise usually starts from Vancouver and winds up at Juneau, capital of the largest state of USA, Alaska. The tour also includes visiting the Glacier Bay National Park and a three-day exploration of the Denali National Park.
- Port of departure: Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco
- Best time to visit: Early May – mid-September. (June to August are peak seasons)
Sun, beaches, sand and tan are all what the Mediterranean cruises are about. This cruise route offers gorgeous and unparalleled views of Southern Europe. It will leave you breathless as you soak in the stunning panoramas and experience the diverse culture. From picturesque Italy to sunny Spain, from the beautiful calderas of Greece to the tiny Malta, the Mediterranean cruises have routes that can suit each requirement. Eastern Mediterranean cruises generally include Turkey and the Greek islands. The Western Mediterranean cruises include destinations such as Venice, Rome and Sicily in Italy, Monte Carlo, St. Tropez and Barcelona. The Southern Mediterranean cruises reach for Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.
- Port of departure: There are multiple ports of departures, depending upon the route chosen
- Best time to visit: April – November. (May to August are peak seasons)
Australia & New Zealand
Australia is incredibly diverse in terms of geography, wildlife and climate with abundance of beauty. Australia also boasts of some of the more popular urban culture. New Zealand has incomparable natural beauty of its own, a country full of adrenaline rushes, outstanding wine and gorgeous landscapes. All of these make the Australia-New Zealand cruise circuit one of the best. These cruise routes touch upon multiple ports in Australia as well as some of its prominent cities like Queensland, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and sometimes Tasmania. In New Zealand, the cruises cover the two main islands – North Island and South Island as well as some of its numerous islets. The North Island has rare black sand beaches and the one of the more popular cities, Auckland. On the South Island, you will find breathtaking mountains and glaciers.
- Port of departure: Sydney or Auckland
- Best time to visit: November – April. (December to March are peak seasons)
Found some new and interesting travel inspiration here for your summer? Let us know if you have embarked on any of these or other cruises!