There aren’t many holidays in life that feel more luxurious than stepping onto a cruise ship, ready to be whisked off for a few days at sea exploring the area. With a wide range of destinations and cruises available, here’s my guide to the best cruises you should book for your holiday.
Southern Australia is magnificent in March as you can enjoy the warm climate of Autumn. Temperatures remain around 22 degrees and the sun continues to shine, meaning you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings without the searing heat or blazing sunshine of the summer.
For your perfect cruise, choose Crystal Cruises Australia for your choice of liner. This award-winning company will take you on a trip of a lifetime on board their luxurious ships, complete with ballrooms, theatres, bars, and opulent rooms. Their three-week cruise around Southern Australia starts in Auckland, New Zealand where you can explore this exciting city on the North Island. Aboard your ship, set sail along the western coast down to Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, and finally Dunedin before making your way over to Australia. Cruise across the Tasman Sea before you see Sydney and its iconic skyline appears on the horizon. Believe me, it’s an emotional, unforgettable experience. Spend time exploring this fantastic city before making your way to Melbourne, where you must visit the set of Neighbours! From here it’s along the coast to Perth and Fremantle, your final destination. It’ll be three weeks you’ll never forget.
Singapore is possibly the most suitable place to take a cruise from, with many of the city's buildings taking you back to a time when boarding a liner was the only way to explore far-off destinations. March is ideal for a trip here as the monsoon season comes to an end and the temperature is cooler than the humid months that follow.
Board Crystal Cruises’ 2-week round trip to Singapore will take you deep into the Indian Ocean. Explore the city before you depart, visiting iconic sites such as Raffles to sample a ‘Singapore Sling’, The Majestic, and the Zoological Gardens. Once aboard your ship, set off south and start ticking off all the countries you’re visiting. Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and even India all in the space of two weeks of sheer unadulterated beauty and excitement before landing back where you started.
One of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world. Dubai is the self-proclaimed “Pearl of the Gulf” and has positively bloomed over the past couple of decades from a coastal desert city to a world record-breaking metropolis. Thanks to its location it also offers an increasing number of fantastic cruise options with a typically high-quality approach that Dubai is now famous for.
There are plenty of Dubai cruises to choose from. Whether you want to tour the Arabian Gulf for a week or 10 days, visit Oman, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, and beyond. Or if you want to tour more of Asia, maybe on to India, Sri Lanka, and South East Asian island nations like Singapore. You’ll find lots of competitively priced options here. Personally, I’d pick a cruise around the Arabian Gulf as it's an area of the world that is widely misunderstood and has a very rich and colorful history worth exploring.
Spring heralds the best time of year to visit China, with temperatures at a steady and comfortable level. With the weather great across the country, there’s no better time to take a cruise along the Chinese coast. Passing through South China, East China, and the Yellow Sea, take a cruise from Hong Kong to Beijing.
Here you’ll start and end in one of China’s most iconic destinations and will take in Shanghai on your way north. I found it simply remarkable just how many legendary sites this stretch of coastline holds. Being a culture lover, I was in awe of seeing Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Huangpu River, and The Peninsula all in the space of a fortnight. Simply spectacular.
Cruise the Caribbean
The Caribbean almost feels as if it was made for cruising around. With a cluster of tropical islands in such a relatively small space, cruising is the ideal way to explore this lush region of the world. March is definitely the best time of year to do so as well, with the weather at its sunniest, warmest, and driest. It’s a popular time of year for tourists wanting to escape the winter.
Take a 14-day Caribbean cruise that will see you start and finish in Florida. Take time to explore Fort Lauderdale and Key West which are both beautiful coastal cities. Your first stop in the Caribbean is the Bahamas, where life really does feel like it’s begun to slow down. After a day exploring, you feel immediately relaxed, and in Jamaica, the clock might as well just stop! Your cruise will take you onto the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, and the most remarkable thing is that you’ll only have scratched the surface of what the Caribbean has to offer.
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