Australians love to travel by sea - the option to cruise to faraway destinations has always been a popular transport alternative to flying. As the cruising industry evolves and grows to suit different types of travellers, the destinations on offer have become amazingly diverse. Whether you enjoy the journey or the destination (or both!), here are four surprising places you can cruise to in 2018:
1. New York
When you dream of New York, you don’t automatically think of cruise liners - it’s all yellow cabs, bagels and bars. The infamously fast-paced city is not necessarily synonymous with the relaxing nature of cruising. While it might not be the most obvious choice, what could feel more glamorous or romantic than cruising out of the New York Harbour by evening while watching the world’s most famous skyline go by? Get in the “New York state of mind”!
While cruising to Cuba has been possible for years, there has been a rejuvenated interest in this colourful hotspot recently due to an increase in trade with the US. Learn to salsa dance, embrace your inner poet with a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s farmhouse, or simply just enjoy streets line with stunning eclectic architecture. With cruises running more and more frequently, Cuba is fast becoming the must-see destination for avid cruisers.
Home to some of the world’s most magical natural landscapes, Iceland is a sight to be seen. Huge tumbling waterfalls, active volcanoes and an incredibly unique culture are just few of the many reasons why people love to travel to Iceland. The benefit of cruising to Iceland, is that it allows you to fully appreciate the astonishingly beautiful backdrop in its entirety. This picturesque place is worth the trip.
If you love ancient history, why not take the path less travelled and cruise down the iconic Nile River? The ancient Red Sea port of Luxor (Safaga) has been used since the 3rd century and is still operating today! Study antiquities, visit incredible monuments and try and decipher the mysterious hieroglyphics. If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Egypt this is the way to do it!