The Ultimate Cruise Vacation – Start planning now

Tuesday 20th Oct 2020 |

Cruising has been hit extremely hard by the current pandemic – but it remains a popular dream vacation experience and one which many aspire to.

Planning a cruise vacation so far in advance offers something to look forward to and makes the cost more realistic by spreading it across a period of time.

Cruising is also a superb way to sample numerous locations, by planning in advance, finding good deals, and packing properly, you and your family will be able to enjoy a wonderful, stress-free cruise vacation.

Check out our top picks for dream cruises and start planning your ultimate cruise vacation….

Hawaiian Islands with Princess Cruises, departing 15 January 2022

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Known as the land of light and warmth, Hawaii is one of the most idyllic cruising destinations. Following hotel stays in Vegas and Los Angeles, guests of this cruise will first arrive in Hilo, known for its waterfalls, gardens and sandy beaches. Further along the coast, a day can be spent exploring Honolulu, from swimming with sharks in turquoise lagoons (if travellers are feeling brave enough!) to trekking the famed Koko Crater. Then onto Kauai, a remote escape with only three percent of the island developed. Fewer crowds and a much slower pace of life, Kauai allows guests to completely relax, enjoy the unspoiled landscape and rejuvenate on golden beaches. Hopping across to Lahania, the trip can be rounded off with lunch under the largest tree in the USA or coral-reef snorkeling alongside different species of the state’s famed triggerfish. Onboard Princess Cruises Grand Princess, guests can enjoy one of the 15 restaurants, where the cuisine is just as good as the views, or spend a breezy evening outside watching a movie under the sunset.

Planet Cruise is offering this 20-night cruise from just £2,149 per person including return flights from the UK, all hotel stays, overseas transfers, a complimentary ocean view to balcony upgrade and the chance to upgrade to Princess Plus for just £35 per person per day including a beverage package, complimentary WiFi and all gratuities

Coastal Australia and New Zealand with Princess Cruises, departing 27 January 2022

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Those willing to venture a little further afield for a dreamy cruise can join this voyage onboard Princess Cruises, Royal Princess, soaking up the best of Australia and New Zealand. Departing in January 2022, British winter really is the perfect time to head down under for some vitamin D, as temperatures skyrocket and the skies turn a blazing blue. Following a night’s hotel stay in the centre of Auckland and a day exploring the city, the 16-night cruise sets sail past the country’s thriving metropolises and dramatic landscape. Some of the highlights en route Australia include feasting their way through New Zealand’s culinary capital of Wellington, discovering sea lions, fur seals, and rare penguins in Dunedin, and stopping off on Tasmania Island for a day hiking the area’s famed mountains. Once they arrive in Sydney, guests can spend their last day touring the famed Opera House or surfing along the iconic Bondi Beach. Whilst onboard, guests can enjoy cuisine inspired by their surroundings in one of the 10 restaurants, head to the lounge for intimate evening gigs or indulge in some quiet time at the adult-only pool.

Iglu Cruise is offering this cruise for just £2,399 per person including return flights, hotel stays, overseas transfers, port taxes, and the chance to upgrade to Princess Plus for just £35 per person per day including a beverage package, complimentary WiFi, and all gratuities.

Papeete to Papeete (Tahiti) departing 5 March 2021 (10 days)

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Experience the magic of French Polynesia with this 10-day voyage heading to the area’s most legendary lagoons, including Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fakarava, and more. Kicking off in Papeete, guests will spend two days exploring the island from strolling through the new Jardins Paofai to marvelling at Fern Grottos, before heading to the white-sand beaches of Moorea. Here, adventurers can scuba or helmet-dive the reefs or even hike the Afareaitu Waterfalls. After spending the next day relaxing at sea, travellers will enter Nuku Hiva, home to Vaipo Waterfalls and Cascade Tevaipo, one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. On a full-day excursion, guests will be taken to the black sand beaches where they can marvel at the famed Piki Vehini, before an afternoon riding an all-terrain vehicle across the rugged island. Onboard the elegant Regatta, guests can enjoy the finest cuisine at sea, cosy up with a great book in the library or attend daily engaging guest lectures to learn about the world around them.

Included in Oceania’s Ultimate Sale, this trip now starts from just £4,379 per person with a saving of £2,700 per person. The trip includes return flights, complimentary internet, and a choice of one of three complimentary amenities including six shore excursions, and onboard beverage package, or $600 free shipboard credit.

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