In a world where social distancing has become the norm, small ship cruises are the ultimate solution for travellers longing for the open ocean, and looking to avoid the crowds.
Guests onboard these luxury, smaller vessels can enjoy a quieter atmosphere, in a more personalised setting and visit smaller, more remote ports and harbours – perfect for cruising in a post-pandemic world.
Whether it’s exploring the best kept island secrets of the Aegean Sea, indulging in Italian and French luxury in the Mediterranean or basking in the Caribbean sun, Iglu Cruise rounds up the best small ship cruises for 2021 and beyond, for when we can travel again.
Iglu Cruises: Indulgent Mediterranean from Rome with Oceania Cruises, departing 19 September 2021 (seven nights)
BOOK IT: Iglu Cruise (www.iglucruise.com / 020 3553 3140) is offering a seven-night cruise on board Oceania Cruises Nautica (guest capacity: 684) from just £1,528pp (full board), departing from London airports on 19 September 2021.
zExploring the very best of the Western Mediterranean, this cruise departs from historical Rome, where guests can visit the Colosseum and Vatican City and indulge in the finest Italian cuisine. The cruise then ventures through some of the coast’s most iconic spots including Pisa, before voyaging onwards to Monte Carlo, synonymous with high society and luxury. Further along the coast, cruise-goers will reach famed Saint Tropez on the French Riviera, before arriving in Toulon where travellers can explore the old town’s medieval buildings and 900-year old cathedral.
Finally, the ship will reach Barcelona, where art lovers can marvel at the city’s unforgettable architecture and foodies can feast at any one of the 20 Michelin star restaurants. The small ship Oceania Cruises offer includes a 10% lower deposit, return flights from London, all drinks, gourmet speciality dining at no cover charge and 24-hour complimentary room service.
Iglu Cruises: Treasures of the Aegean Sea from Istanbul with Ponant Cruises, departing 30 July 2021 (seven nights)
BOOK IT: Iglu Cruise (www.iglucruise.com / 020 3553 3140) is offering a seven-night cruise onboard Ponant Cruises Le Lyrial (guest capacity: 264) from just £2,878pp (all inclusive board), departing from Istanbul on 30 July 2021.
With sun-drenched beaches, stunning architecture and fantastic cuisine, the Greek islands offer something special for every type of traveller. Departing from Istanbul, renowned for its impressive mosques and lively bazaars, the luxury cruise ventures through some of the Aegean Sea’s most beautiful Greek islands, including Limnos, Syros, Patmos, Delos and Mykonos, for the ultimate island hopping experience. Crossing turquoise waters, the cruise visits Lemnos, one of Greece’s best kept secrets where passengers can try their hand at kitesurfing or visit one of the many archaeological sites – ideal for history buffs. Cruising southwards, the ship stops at a number of beautiful islands including Patmos and Delos, a UNESCO world heritage site, before arriving in picture perfect Mykonos. Ponant cruises offer French-style cruising on-board luxury yachts, plus up to €500 saving for new to Ponant customers. In addition, the cruise includes a Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner, all drinks and WiFi.
Iglu Cruises: Southern Antilles Jewels from Barbados with Seabourn, departing 26 March 2022 (seven nights)
BOOK IT: Iglu Cruise (www.iglucruise.com / 020 3553 3140) is offering a seven-night cruise onboard Seabourn’s Seabourn Odyssey (guest capacity: 450) from just £2,999pp (all inclusive board), departing from Barbados on 26 March 2022.
Cruise-goers seeking ultimate relaxation and winter sun can join this seven-night voyage to explore the jewels of the Caribbean including Barbados, St. Lucia, St Kitts and Aruba. Departing from Bridgetown, known for its exquisite gardens and glorious beaches, the ship glides over the Atlantic Ocean to reach St. Lucia’s capital, Castries. The following day, the cruise will arrive in Basseterre, the capital of St Kitts, for guests to explore lush rainforests before relaxing with a rum-punch at one of the island’s laid-back beach bars or onboard. Passengers will then visit the small Dutch islands of Bonaire and Curacao, before making their last and final stop at Aruba, where travellers can experience shipwreck diving in the crystal clear ocean. The small ship Seabourn Odyssey offers all suite accommodations, 90% with private verandas, as well as free excursions, all drinks and tips. In addition, customers can secure an extra 10% early booking saving, when the full amount is paid by 1 February 2021.
For more information, please visit www.iglucruise.com, 020 8544 6620