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Every year, we here at ROL Cruise eagerly await the launch of our cruise partners’ brand-new cruise ships. With so many advancements in technology and the wide variety of options and fantastic cruise deals available, it feels like every new ship brings something new and original to the cruise scene.

In 2018, we saw the unveiling of six new ships, all with their own unique properties and voyages. In this article, we look at those new ships and their specifications in detail, discussing some of the incredible destinations in their travel itineraries and speaking to bloggers who have been lucky enough to be some of the first passengers aboard these magnificent vessels.

The new cruise ships of 2018

Azamara Pursuit

Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Pursuit, Azamara Club Cruises

 

The Azamara Pursuit, launched in August 2018 by Azamara Club Cruises, is opening new doors to maiden ports, late nights and amazing experiences. With an occupancy of 694 people, you’ll be able to enjoy a quieter cruise experience that still has all of the perks of a larger vessel.

Are you thinking the Pursuit looks familiar? Well, you’d be right - before her refurbishment, she was actually the Adonia, which was part of the P&O Cruises fleet. She completed her farewell voyage in 2017 and then was handed over to Azamara who gave her a substantial refit. 

The Azamara Pursuit exudes exploration, just like the rest of the Azamara fleet. With the addition of this stunning new ship, Azamara is able to expand their range by 73 destinations, including 63 new overnight stays and 19 maiden ports.

For the first time, Azamara will be pulling up to Antofagasta (Chile), Lima (Peru) and the Beagle Channel. Known for its stay-late cruises, Azamara is a fantastic choice for those of us who appreciate having as much time in port as possible.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We spoke to Rene, travel blogger at Planet Traveller, who told us about her experience on the Pursuit: “My trip was a short two nights from Southampton to Cherbourg, France and back. Having sailed on this class of ship before, Azamara Pursuit stood out by its contemporary yet cosy design and decor. My favourite spot is the newly created lounge on Deck 5 where the casino used to be. This space has become the heart of the ship to mix and mingle with fellow guests. I loved it and will be back for a longer sailing adventure soon.”

We also spoke to Heather, a Bristol-based travel blogger at Heather on her Travels, about her experience on the Pursuit: “I'd previously enjoyed a week's Mediterranean cruise with Azamara Club Cruises but this was my first chance to see Azamara Pursuit and the new style decor that had already been introduced on the sister ships. I love the luxurious small ship cruising that you find on Azamara Pursuit, with a sophisticated but relaxed ambience.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Heather was also on the launch celebration cruise from Southampton, where guests were treated to a luxury evening: “I travelled with Azamara Pursuit with my husband on a short cruise as part of the launch celebrations. We stopped in Cherbourg, where we were treated to one of Azamara's ‘AzAmazing Evenings’. A French market had been set up for us with local cheeses, flowers and delicious patisserie to try, and a Moulin Rouge style concert for an authentically French flavour.”

Finally, Heather spoke to us about what type of travellers should experience the Pursuit: “Azamara Pursuit is the ideal cruise ship for couples who want a luxurious experience on board, while also getting to experience the destinations to the full through the ‘Destination Immersion’ excursions. With around 700 guests on board, the service is personal, and the ship never feels crowded.”

We spoke to Gary Bembridge, blogger at Tips for Travellers. He told us about his experience on the Pursuit: “I had a great time. Personally, I like smaller ships over the larger cruise ships as I don’t always need all the facilities and features. The cruise went to small, unusual ports, although we also called in at some must-see, iconic ports as part of the mix.”

Gary told us about some of the locations his cruise went to: “We cruised in October between Venice and Athens, calling into a number of famous Greek islands like Santorini, Crete and Mykonos, as well as some less-visited places like Patmos and Gythion. This was the advantage of cruising on Azamara Pursuit, as it is a small ship it can go to more out-of-the-way places, away from all the crowds and the large cruise ships.”

Finally, we asked Gary what type of cruiser he would recommend for the Pursuit: “Azamara Pursuit is best suited for travellers more interested in the destinations than a ship as a destination in its own right. Azamara Pursuit is not a resort ship with lots of features and wide range of facilities. Its real focus is going to interesting places that larger ships cannot. There is a decent range of lounges and bars, and the entertainment is by a small song and dance troupe rather than glitzy production shows. I would not recommend it for families as it doesn’t have a lot of facilities for children and teens. It is a more adult experience.”

Watch Gary’s video below to find out more about his experience cruising with Azamara Club Cruises as well as his experience on Azamara Pursuit.

Finally, we spoke to award-winning cruise writer, Dave Monk from Shipmonk. He was also on the maiden voyage and loved the luxurious feel of the ship: “I joined Azamara Pursuit for its christening in August 2018, sailing a two-day return voyage from Southampton to Cherbourg. 

“The ship is like a country house, with ornate vases on the staircases and lounge spaces named the Dining Room and Living Room. I enjoyed the cosiness and homeliness of the dark wood, thick carpets and leather armchairs.”

Dave also told us what type of traveller he believes would get the most out of the Pursuit’s offerings: “A voyage on Azamara Pursuit would best suit travellers who enjoy an authentic visit to their destinations. Those who like to get closer, stay longer and learn more, while spending their time on board in old-world comfort.”

Where you can travel on the Azamara Pursuit

Azamara Pursuit in Norway

 

Peru

The historic country of Peru sits on the north-west coast of South America and is known for its incredible views, amazing culture and, of course, Machu Picchu. The capital, Lima, is a brilliant cultural hub known all around the world for its rich history, with museums and local traders found all over the city.

Chile

Below Peru, you’ll find Chile. Spanning the length of South America, Chile’s offerings depend greatly on which part you visit. Santiago is Chile’s bustling capital city with excellent cuisine and a worldly culture located in the middle of the country. Move further north and you’ll encounter beautiful desert terrains, but move further south and you’ll be faced with stunning snow-capped regions of Andes and Patagonia.

We spoke to Steph, known online as the Worldly Adventurer, who told us about her time in Chile: “I spent over 2.5 years exploring the length and breadth of Chile and was struck by its epic diversity of landscapes and cultures at every turn. Patagonia has become an incredibly popular destination among travellers and it really does live up to the hype; those seeking more remote, lesser-travelled areas can still find them along the stunning national parks of the Carretera Austral and in Tierra del Fuego.

“Everyone should visit Chile because of these striking landscapes, many of which are a real treat of hikers or those who enjoy kayaking, rafting or other adventures. The vineyards are also a personal favourite (the Casablanca Valley for white and the Colchagua Valley for red), while Santiago is a surprising city; European in many aspects and packed with plenty of museums, parks and restaurants to keep you occupied for days.”

Spain

A Mediterranean gem, Spain is a fantastic location for those who are looking to experience warmer climes and an amazing atmosphere. There is a reason Spain is such a popular destination for all travellers, so whether it’s amazing historic architecture or indulgent food you’re looking for, Spain can deliver.

We spoke to Kim, blogger at Travelling Around Spain, who told us about her experience in this amazing country: “I came to Spain years ago as a bit of an adventure and fell in love with the culture, the diversity and most of all, the open personality of the people. Each region of Spain is unique and offers a totally different experience from the next - from Celtic and Basque in the North, to Roman and Visigoth throughout the centre and Arabic in the south. Quite often, each town has its own speciality craft or local dish that has been passed on through the generations and is still only known to that village, which makes exploring the country and its heritage an exciting adventure.”

Kim then told us why she believes everyone should travel to Spain: “Visiting Spain will not simply introduce you to the ‘Iberian’ culture, but to a vast history of diverse nationalities and cultures. There is something for everyone's travel taste. If you are looking for quiet spots in nature, a buzzing nightlife in a vibrant modern city, touring castles and architecture or a simple walk on a beach watching a breath-taking sunset, you will find it all in Spain and so much more.”

Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises

 

Launched in December 2018, the Celebrity Edge from Celebrity Cruises is a large cruise ship with a difference. A brand-new addition to the fleet, Celebrity Edge doesn’t compromise on design. In fact, Celebrity teamed up with one of the world’s best designers to create this considered and well-designed ship.

And it’s not just the Edge that’s new for Celebrity. Last year, Celebrity announced that they would be investing more than $500 million in a fleetwide refurbishment, starting with the Millennium. These refurbishments are currently underway and inspired by the Edge. This update will give the Celebrity fleet a facelift, with the updated design expected to appeal to a much more modern audience.

As well as the Edge, Celebrity is also in the process of constructing the Celebrity Flora, the first ever cruise ship specifically designed for Galapagos cruising, set to launch in May 2019.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We spoke to Alicia, blogger at Alicia Tenise who was lucky enough to be one of the first ever to cruise on the Celebrity Edge. She told us: “We were on a preview trip, so we spent 48 hours on the ship. We technically sailed to Nassau but did not disembark.”

We asked what she thought of the trip: “It was amazing! The ship was very sleek and sophisticated, and perfect for all generations of cruisers.”

Finally, Alicia told us who she’d recommend the Edge to: “I think it's best for couples and luxury cruisers. While there’s a minimal amount of activities for kids, I think families with children might be better suited on lines like Royal Caribbean.”

Watch Alicia’s video below which gives a great first look at the Edge:

Where you can travel on the celebrity Edge?

Celebrity Edge dining

 

Italy

Italy is incredibly popular for not only its simplistic, fresh and expertly-crafted cuisine but also its fierce history. When you cruise to this indulgent country, you can explore some of the country’s most amazing cities, experience history that is thousands of years old and sample some of the best cuisine in the world.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, known for its exceptional mountains, waterfalls and tropical rainforests. Although a less popular destination than its other Caribbean counterparts like Cuba or Jamaica, Puerto Rico can offer slightly off-the-beaten-path destinations with similarly amazing experiences outdoors.

Greece

With thousands of islands to explore as well as the large mainland, it’s hard to argue that there is a better way to explore Greece than by sea. With amazing sunsets, excellent cuisine and rich in historical architecture, every island of Greece has a different story to tell and it’s up to you to find it. Whether you explore the mainland or go island-hopping, you’ll experience the warm, welcoming nature of the locals which will make you fall more in love with this idyllic country. 

Jennifer from World on a Whim told us about her experience in Greece: “On my first trip to Greece, I visited what I commonly refer to as the big three: Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos. I was awed by the Acropolis, mesmerised by the sunset in Oia, and pumped up from the adrenaline rush I felt driving a quad bike around the beaches of Mykonos. I thought that I had a decent understanding of what was on offer on a trip to Greece. However, this past trip, I attended a traditional Greek wedding on Karpathos, an island I had not heard of prior. I also got to explore the islands of Rhodes, Crete and Symi, each of which had entirely different landscapes. This experience not only helped me to appreciate just how diverse the islands of Greece are, but also left me with the utmost admiration for the strong cultural identity Greeks have toward their country as well as the centuries-old traditions that they continue to uphold.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jennifer also told us why she believes everyone should visit Greece: “Greece provides a perfect balance between vacation and trip. The country is steeped in history as evidenced by its multitude of famous ruins including the Parthenon, Acropolis, Grand Master’s Palace, and Temple of Apollo. You can even visit ruins of entire cities such as the Ancient City of Kamiros in Rhodes, and Delos (which is Apollo’s birthplace) and one of the most sacred places in Ancient Greece.

“But Greece is not all history. You have some of the best-ranked pink sand beaches, black sand beaches, and red beaches in the world to explore as well as an abundance of water sports to choose from. The food in Greece is some of, if not, the best cuisine in Europe (thank you feta). And, then there are the sunsets...”

MS Roald Amundsen

Hurtigruten

MS Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten

 

Over its 120 years of operation, Hurtigruten has continued to expand their fleet with their token white red and black ships. The MS Roald Amundsen is the newest of the bunch and promises to be the most modern too. This new, state-of-the-art vessel is the first hybrid ship in their fleet and will use electrical propulsion to cut emissions.

The low occupancy levels (only 530 passengers maximum) and state-of-the-art design mean you’ll never feel overlooked on this ship. All of the staff are incredibly attentive and knowledgeable. If you aren’t learning from them, you will be soaking up the Norwegian culture around the ship, as it is laced with artefacts and works of art pertaining to the Scandinavian country’s rich history.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Where can you travel on the MS Roald Amundsen?

Antarctica

Antarctica has a stunning untouched beauty like nothing else on the planet. An icy wilderness of grandeur, Antarctica offers rugged, snow-capped mountains and glass-like glaciers that span the continent. Nature doesn’t get any more remote and raw than this.

Bloggers Kach and Jonathan from Mr & Mrs Howe told us all about their experience cruising to this extraordinary destination: “Antarctica had been a dream of ours for several years thanks to its unique combination of inaccessibility, inhospitable environment and wildlife, all of which made it all the more attractive to travel to!

“Our Antarctica expedition cruise with Hurtigruten on board the MS Midnatsol was much more than just a cruise; every day involved landing on and exploring new locations with expedition guides, polar researchers and wildlife photographers.

“The adventure started from the Chilean Fjords and over the course of 16 days navigated narrow channels all the way to Cape Horn before crossing the infamous Drake Passage to reach the Antarctic Peninsula. Every day saw a new alien landscape, that seemed totally isolated, yet home to massive populations of penguins, sea lions and many other amazing species.

“Knowing how fortunate we were to be there and at the same time fully aware that we wouldn’t be able to experience it without our cruise ship was all part of the excitement and adventure!”

Greenland

Explore colourful, remote villages, majestic mountains and icy fjords on a trip like no other. If you’re looking for spellbinding views and sight-seeing that will take your breath away, Greenland offers a tranquil escape to the snow-capped countryside. Greenland is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ilulissat, a popular picturesque town where whale-watching, midnight sailing and ‘flightseeing’ over the glaciers are just some of the ways to explore this spellbinding country.

Alaska

Home to impressive national parks, untouched wilderness and grand mountains, it’s fair to say there is no other state in the US like Alaska. Explore vast crystal glaciers weaving through icebergs on a paddleboard or channel your inner explorer on a wildlife excursion, marvelling at brown bears in Alaska’s hidden forests.

Please note: The MS Roald Amundsen’s inaugural sailing has been delayed until May 2019.

Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line

 

The largest ship on this list, Norwegian Bliss from Norwegian Cruise Line is like a small country at sea, with the capacity to house over 4,000 passengers. The ship itself boasts over 20 food and drink establishments, as well as a 9-hole mini golf course, bungee trampolines, a waterpark and even a two-level go-kart track. You’ll never run out of things to do on this ship.

Launched in April 2018, the ship has already experienced nearly a year at sea but still has that amazing, brand-new feel. Although you may think all thought went into entertainment when building this ship, its true purpose is to allow all of its passengers to experience cruising like never before. The revolutionary observation lounge allows guests to soak in every moment of their voyage in luxury, and the stunning destinations Norwegian Bliss visits means you’ll be sure to experience the unforgettable.

This distinctive ship’s hull is adorned with a gorgeous, blue mural designed painted by artist Wyland. The mural features beautiful imagery of sea creatures such as whales and manta rays, many of which you may be able to see on your travels.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We spoke to Lisa, travel blogger at We Said Go Travel who told us about her trip on the Norwegian Bliss: “I had a wonderful time on the inaugural sailing of the NCL Bliss out of Long Beach. I travelled in May 2018 from Long Beach, California for two nights.

“Wyland, the artist who painted the hull, was on board and painted in the atrium. It was amazing to meet him in person and see the new features of the ship like the two-level electric-car race track, the tandem Aqua Racer slide and an open-air laser tag course, themed like an abandoned space station.”

Lisa told us why it is the perfect family ship: “The Norwegian Bliss is great for families because they have so many new activities onboard like the race cars, water slides and laser course, but it is also a top choice for luxury cruisers with the Haven area and the high-end spa with the snow room, salt room and sauna. The fantastic choices for food include dessert at Coco’s and Japanese hibachi at Teppanyaki. The live entertainment was outstanding and included the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys, and The Cavern Club, where a Beatles cover band brings the magic of Liverpool to the sea. I think there is something for everyone on Norwegian's newest ship.”

Watch Lisa’s video below to see more of her experience:

We also spoke to Kirsten Maxwell, mum and blogger at Kids are a Trip. She told us about her experience on the Bliss: “Our trip on the Norwegian Bliss was short and sweet. I travelled with my two oldest children and my mother, sailing out of Los Angeles to the middle of the Pacific Ocean and back.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“The four of us had a wonderful time driving race cars, swimming in the pool and playing laser tag and golf. There are 18 restaurants on the Norwegian Bliss, and sadly we didn’t have time to try them all, but there was not a bad meal to be found. Customer service was fantastic, and the ship was always clean and comfortable.

“I think the Norwegian Bliss is perfect for all ages, from young families to couples to retirees. Everyone can find their own entertainment from shows to the casino, and kids will never say they’re bored with all of the activities and the kids’ club.”

Where can you travel on the Norwegian Bliss?

Norwegian Bliss in Ketchikan Alaska

 

Mexico

Diverse in culture and teeming with architectural delights, Mexico is not a country to be over-looked when travelling to South America. Discover beautiful palm tree-lined beaches and famously flavourful dishes that are loved the world over. Mexico’s natural offerings are also sure to please the outdoor adventurer, with jungles, snow-sprinkled volcanoes, deserts and stunning coastline all waiting to be explored.

The Caribbean

Known for its laid-back way of life, the Caribbean is a vibrant and colourful culture that moves to its own rhythm. Channel your inner explorer and discover the wealth of tropical rainforests and rugged mountains the Caribbean has to offer. Or soak up the sun with a cocktail in your hand on some of the best white, sandy beaches in the world.

Christy from Ordinary Traveler told us about her experience cruising to the Caribbean: “I visited the Caribbean on a cruise with my entire family - a large group of 14 people! The cruise atmosphere is a great way for us to travel as a family because we all have different interests, so it’s the easiest way to make everyone happy.

“I never get tired of visiting the Caribbean. With so many islands to explore, I keep coming back year after year!”

San Francisco

Known for its trams, cable cars, steep hills and of course the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is a vibrant cultural hub in northern California. Catch the ferry to Alcatraz Island, marvel at the crooked houses on Lombard Street or watch the sea lions of San Francisco’s Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf.

Kara from Whimsy Soul told us why San Francisco is a must-visit: “San Francisco is a 7x7 city that packs so much diversity into its small peninsula. In San Francisco, every neighbourhood is vastly different from the next, the fog has a name and the houses are painted bright pastels which turn the streets into rainbows.

“We have a fantastic culinary scene here, especially if you are craving Asian cuisine (come for authentic Pho, world-class sushi or $6 all-you-can-eat dumplings in Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in the USA!). Like Rome, San Francisco has seven major hills, each offering stunning views of the city, the blue waters of The Bay and the green rolling hills of Marin Headland right behind the Golden Gate Bridge.”

Sarah from Sassy Red Lipstick perfectly summarised what this colourful city has to offer travellers: “San Francisco is a historic gem on the water with amazing food, plenty of fun activities, and diverse people. Bring a jacket when you come, as Karl the Fog always brings a chill to the city. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and get a clam chowder bowl from Boudin Bakery!”

Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Ocean Cruise

Scenic Eclipse, Scenic Ocean Cruise

 

If you are looking for luxury beyond your wildest expectations, the Scenic Eclipse promises to deliver. This discovery yacht from Scenic Ocean Cruises has an almost 1:1 staff-to-guest ratio, amenities like no other and opulent experiences. The ship has been specially designed to withstand nature. With state-of-the-art fins, large stabilisers and ice-strengthen hull and more, Scenic put their guest’s safety above all else.

However, this does not mean the ship’s features have been compromised. On board, as well as a range of food and drink establishments, the Eclipse has a spa, multiple swimming pools, observation deck, terrace, helipad and onboard helicopter and even a submarine!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Where can you travel on the Scenic Eclipse?

Iceland

Iceland is an increasingly popular travel destination and it’s easy to see why. Escape to Iceland and marvel at its unruly volcanos, take a load off at its world-famous spa resort (the Blue Lagoon) and navigate its wild and remote landscapes, which are covered in snowfall during the winter.

Becky from Global Grasshopper told us about her experience in this enigmatic country:

“We explored the region for a week, starting with its quirky capital Reykjavik which is a great place to discover the region’s Viking past as well as some lively bars!

“We travelled to the Golden Circle, which is a famous part of Iceland known for its awe-inspiring natural attractions such as Þingvellir National Park in the geothermal area, which is also home to several lively geysers and Gullfoss, Iceland’s undisputed queen of waterfalls.

“Our final stop was the Blue Lagoon, which draws curious spa-trippers from far and wide. Iceland possesses an almost unearthly beauty and makes a fantastic travel destination especially during the winter when the snowy landscapes and Northern Lights are an Instagrammer’s dream.”

Southern US

Also known as the ‘Deep South’, this unique part of the USA is fascinating and is teeming with history. Make friends with locals, admire the charming architecture in age-old towns and chow down on some of the best deep-fried BBQ food you’ll ever try.

Laurence from Finding the Universe told us about his adventure to the deep south with his wife, Jessica: “Our Deep South road trip took us from Charleston, South Carolina, all the way down to New Orleans, Louisiana. Along the way, we travelled through four different states - South Carolina, Savannah, Alabama and Louisiana.

“This part of the States is definitely quite different from other parts we have previously travelled in. The food is quite something, with a focus on large plates, deep-fried delicacies, and tasty BBQ. The history is also eye-opening, with a great deal to learn about from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. There are beautiful plantation homes to visit, fantastic museums and countless excellent restaurants to try out along the way!”

The Baltics

The Baltic States are a fairy-tale land where wishes do come true. Comprised of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, these magical countries each offer something unique and enchanting for the keen adventurer. Uncover spellbinding forests, charming medieval architecture, diverse cultures and age-old traditions in a land where time stands still.

Please note: The Scenic Eclipse’s inaugural sailing has been pushed back to August 2019.

Seabourn Ovation

Seabourn

Seabourn Ovation, Seabourn

 

Seabourn is well-versed in small-ship cruising, and the new Seabourn Ovation is no exception to that. With 12 decks of refined luxury, Ovation makes sure all of its 600 passengers are well catered for. With world-class dining venues and classic cruise ship facilities like a casino, spa and pool, you’ll have plenty to do between ports on board.

Whilst you are unwinding onboard, you’ll be able to experience guest classes with Dr Andrew Weil on mindful living, enjoy a pamper in the spa and take part in daily yoga and meditation sessions. As well as a great emphasis on mindfulness, Ovation is great for those who like to focus on fitness whilst on holiday, with personal training and great equipment. Whilst in port you can also take advantage of the onboard sports marina including kayaks, pedal boats and windsurfers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Where can you travel on the Seabourn Ovation?

The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean offers a mixed bag of sights and experiences for the keen explorer. From discovering ancient ruins in Greece to admiring the charming architecture of Italy’s cities, you won’t find two destinations the same.

Tom from Traveltomtom told us about his unforgettable experience cruising in the Mediterranean:

“Cruising the Mediterranean for me was an eye opener as waking up in a different country every day was the best thing ever. It just felt like my hotel room was travelling for me while I was asleep!

“Having all the amazing dining options and entertainment within a minutes’ walk was super nice, but one of the best things about cruising was the sunsets and sunrises on board. I never closed the curtains of my balcony room and waking up from the sunrise out on the open ocean was the best feeling to start my day.

“In just one week I saw four different countries and five great tourist destinations in Europe. One day I was taking pictures with the leaning tower of Pisa, the other day I was on a wine tasting tour in the French Riviera or hiking to the top of the Gibraltar Rock. The diversity that cruising has to offer was one of the best things I have experienced, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Arabia

The Arabian Peninsula is a compelling region of the world full of unexpected treasures. From Sudan to Iran and everything in between, this eclectic mix of countries all bring something special to the table. Explore the futuristic architecture of the United Arab Emirates, lose yourself in the desert-scape of Egypt, or immerse yourself in Saudi Arabia’s spiritual riches.

Philippines

Home to more than 7,000 tropical islands, the Philippines is a paradise on earth boasting lush green islands, volcanic landscapes, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Whether you love exploring a culture via its food, culture or history, the Philippines has an island to suit.

Dave from Jones Around The World told us why a visit to the Philippines is not one you’ll forget in a hurry: "I spent a full month backpacking around the Philippines, and it was truly one of the most memorable trips in my entire life! It's a country filled with adventure, friendly locals, and some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Palawan, for example, is a place where your island dreams are made. Crystal-clear water, pristine white sand beaches, and unbelievable scuba diving opportunities are just a few things to look forward to when visiting the Philippines.

“There's a reason why the country's tourism slogan is ‘it's more fun in the Philippines’! You'll be surrounded by smiling faces, delicious cuisine, and gorgeous places. Trust me - it'll be a trip you'll never forget.”

Isabel from Bel Around The World also told us about her mesmerising experience travelling in the Philippines: “I have visited the Philippines' Coron, El Nido, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Boracay. I also got to experience canyoneering in Kawasan Falls and rock climbing in Cantabaco. It is single-handedly the most gorgeous, affordable beach destination anybody can dream of visiting. If you're a fan of turquoise, crystal-clear waters, then this is the country you shouldn't miss. Not only are the people friendly, but the cost of living is also friendly to your wallet.

“One tip I would give to those interested in travelling to the Philippines is to visit the lesser-known islands. You'll find the finest sand, clearest waters and a tranquillity that makes you want to be Tarzan and never leave the island.”

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  • Chile
  • Spain
  • Luxury
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Celebrity Edge Celebrity Cruises
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  • Puerto Rico
  • Greece
  • Luxury
  • Entertainment
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MS Roald Amundsen Huntriguten
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  • Greenland
  • Alaska
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  • Mexico
  • Caribbean
  • San Francisco
  • Family
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Scenic Eclipse Scenic Ocean Cruise
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  • Southern US
  • The Baltics
  • Luxury
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Itinerary: Southampton - Santa Cruz, Tenerife - Bridgetown, Barbados - Willemstad, Curacao - ★ Full Daytime Transit of the Panama Canal ★ - Huatulco (from Santa Cruz), Mexico - Cabo San Lucas…

Includes: On board spend of up to £1,900*, exclusive complimentary afternoon tea for two at the ritz*, exclusive free private uk chauffeur service for all bookings*, no tips required on boar…

NORTHERN LIGHTS
Inside from £1,299pp

The Northern Lights Discovery

  • 05 Nov 2020
  • 11 nights
  • Ship: MS Nordkapp
  • Fly Cruise
  • Flights Included

Itinerary: Bergen, Norway - Florø - Molde, Norway - Kristiansund - Rørvik, Norway - Cross the Arctic Circle Brønnøysund - Svolvær, Norway - Stokmarknes - Skjervøy, Norway - Øksfjord - Berlevå…

Includes: Free trip if the northern lights don't appear*, uk's top agent for hurtigruten, explore the arctic with a range of excursions*, limited availability - please do not miss out

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