Hottest Cruise Destinations for 2016-2017
Discover five of the hottest vacation destinations that are trending big time with cruisers looking for something new in 2016 and 2017. The common thread between each of these destinations is unique cultural experiences combined with stunning natural beauty. This surefire recipe will create an unforgettable vacation to supply you with bragging rights for years to come. So if you’re looking to explore a new part of the world, or just trying to find the best cruise bargain, you can’t go wrong with any of the following destinations for your next cruise vacation:
Iceland is full of curious creatures, natural wonders and Viking lore – all equally legendary. Cruises to Iceland typically feature calls in Reykjavik and Akureyri, both small cities that serve as your hub for a host of adventurous excursions including volcano hikes, helicopter tours, whale watching and more. For those seeking a more relaxed itinerary, rejuvenate your body and soul at the Blue Lagoon spa or tour the various museums and restaurants. Natural highlights include bubbling craters, geothermal pools, thundering waterfalls, floating glaciers and some of the most unusual terrain you’ll ever lay eyes upon. Plus, select itineraries could also give you a glimpse of the spectacular Aurora Borealis dancing overhead.
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
We’ve been talking about Australia and New Zealand for a little while now, and everyone who listened has been thrilled with their cruise adventures in the Land Down Under and New Zealand. Australia features a plethora of natural wonders like Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef and the 12 Apostles rock formation, just to name a few. Australian cruises call in ports like Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns, each offering a fresh blend of city life and beachside living. When cruising to New Zealand, you might visit Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Highlights of these two countries include the Sydney Opera House, Milford Sound, Hobbiton movie set, Blue Mountains and Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as a wide variety of museums, vineyards and scenic coastal trails.
Sail down India’s Ganges River through the “Golden Triangle” of stunning Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Enjoy learning about India’s warm, welcoming cultures as you journey everywhere from the Taj Mahal and Humayun’s Tomb to pristine gardens and busy markets. Highlights include the former home of Mother Teresa in Kolkata, the massive Vedic Temple, the Rajbari Temple Complex of Kalna, henna painting demonstrations in Matiari and so much more! Of course, India isn’t all temples, palaces and fortresses – you’ll also be able to visit small villages to learn about local life along the Ganges. India is an especially great destination for travelers interested in studying ancient architecture, learning about a new ways of life or digging deeper into some of the world’s most prevalent religions.
Quant villages are beautifully juxtaposed against majestic fjords in the land of Norway, your gateway to the beauty of Scandinavia and the Arctic Circle. Featured ports of call may include Oslo, Alesund, Tromso, Bergen, Stavanger and Flaam. Within these cities you’ll discover a fun blend of bustling fish markets, cobblestone streets and Old World charm blended with fancy Ice Bars, convenient rail cars and stylish modern architecture. Stepping outside of these ports you’ll discover the natural Nordic treasures that are making this cold country one of the world’s hottest cruise destinations. Highlights include deep gorges, snow-covered mountains, giant glaciers, picturesque waterfalls and the dazzling Northern Lights.
For the ultimate bragging rights, cruise to Cuba and experience the nation’s unique charms before it becomes a bustling tourist destination! The Cruise Web’s newest cruising partner, Fathom Travel, specializes in socially responsible cultural exchange trips to Cuban. While sailing to cities like Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba, you’ll be able to experience multiple aspects of Cuban life, including art, music, cuisine and education. The goal of these new Cuban itineraries is to provide a fully immersive experience where guests are introduced to the culture first-hand with both land-based and at-sea activities. Cruise travel to Cuba finally kicks off in earnest during 2016, and itineraries are expected to sell out quickly!
To explore any (or all!) of these trending cruise destinations, contact The Cruise Web’s experienced consultants today at 1-800-377-9383. We’ll take the stress out of vacation planning so you can focus all of your energy into managing your anticipation for your upcoming cruise!