Cruisin’ Around

Cruises offer great value for money and make for a superb way to see your favourite destinations around the globe. Grab your deck shoes as we round up the top three hottest cruise destinations to explore this year.

The 3,960-passenger ship Carnival Magic is a great favourite among families for its fabulous entertainment and leisure facilities. It sails to several ports in the Caribbean but the most exceptional is the Eastern Caribbean trip departing from Port Canaveral in Orlando, USA. The ship offers a host of fun activities from water slides and a rope course to a Caribbean-style pub that serves its own brew and tasty snacks. It stops at Grand Turk, San Juan, St Kitts and St Maarten. Excursions include parasailing, swimming with dolphins, snorkelling and bobsledding – the perfect tropical getaway.

The next trip departs on May 13 for eight days from Orlando.

Discover the mystique of Asia with the luxurious Celebrity Constellation on a scintillating 14-day exploration departing from Singapore, going towards Vietnam and Thailand before returning to the home port again. Singapore gleams with modernism, making it a melting pot of western and eastern influences. Go on a night safari, or check out the adventure theme park Universal Studios. Nha Trang, Vietnam, is a bustling city humming with commerce but blessed with access to a beautiful beach. It has several mountains, topiary and modern sculptures throughout the town. Known as the shopping capital of Asia, Bangkok is notorious for its gigantic malls and bustling nightlife, standing in stark contrast to the serene temples and shrines.

The next trip departs on April 2.

The Navigator of the Seas by Royal Caribbean has a lovely dining room, a rock-climbing wall, a surf simulator and an art gallery. It departs from Southampton and tours around Oslo, Copenhagen, Belgium, St Petersburg, Estonia and Finland.

Walk the medieval streets of Tallinn’s town square, and have your breath taken away by the pristine beauty of the Norwegian fjords. Let the decadent, gilded cathedrals of St Petersburg leave you in awe, as will the three million artworks at the Hermitage. Marvel at the technological advancement of Denmark and sample original chunky Belgian fries on the beaches of Zeebrugge. The ship departs on June 2 for nine days of travel.

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