Cruise your way to adventure – top cruise destinations and deals

Cruising looks set to be the holiday of choice for as many as 10% of Brits this year, and it’s not hard to see why…

Representing great value and offering the chance to take in a number of amazing destinations without having to lift a finger, setting sail on a cruise is the ultimate way to take it easy while exploring the world.

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While the Mediterranean remains the most popular cruise for UK holidaymakers, there are great deals to be had the world over; so set you sights on the horizon and sail off into the sunset with APH’s guide to the top cruise destinations and deals of 2015.

First time cruiser? Check out our guide to cruising and getting the most for your money here.

Mediterranean

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Stunning Santorini

Easy access from the UK, short flight times and some great value deals to be had, mean that the Mediterranean is still the most popular destination for cruising Brits. With so many amazing landscapes and exciting cities waiting to be explored you could take a cruise every year and see different sights every time.

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Positano, on the Amalfi Coast

Highlights: Sail the dramatic Amalfi coast, stopping to explore cute villages and swim in turquoise seas; explore ancient cities, eat incredible food in street café’s while watching the world go by or island hop your way around Greece; all under the gaze of the glorious Mediterranean sunshine!

Downsides: Many popular ports can be literally packed full of cruisers in the busy summer months; avoid the chaos and opt for a less busy time like May or September and benefit from great weather and quieter streets.

Deal: Island hop in beautiful Greece with Norwegian Cruise Line; start in Venice and set sail for Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, Katakolon on the Peloponnese before heading back to Venice. Prices start at £389 per person, sailing on May 2nd from Venice. Flights to Venice start from £107 return, flying EasyJet.

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Norwegian Fjords

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Geiranger Fjord, Norway

Fast becoming the cruise of choice for many, the dramatic Norwegian Fjords are a nature lovers dream. Providing a stunning backdrop, the Fjords were carved over millions of years by huge glaciers; sailing between their steep cliffs you can take in waterfalls, perfect little fishing villages and dramatic rock formations.

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A cruise ship at Flaam, Norway

Highlights: The 62-mile long Geiranger Fjord is set against beautiful mountains; here you will find the stunning seven sisters waterfall. The picturesque and tiny town of Flaam is overlooked by snow-capped peaks and surrounded by waterfalls.

Drawbacks: The Fjords can be very cold and inhospitable in the winter, so stick to the warmer months if you’re not willing to brave the frozen landscape.

Deal: Get a taster of the majestic Norwegian Fjords with P&O Cruises. Setting sail from Southampton and taking in Bergen, Geiranger, Flaam and Stavanger, before heading back to Southampton. Prices start at £549 per person for seven nights, departing on May 1st.

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Caribbean

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Life is a beach

The Caribbean islands appear to have been designed with cruising in mind; a boat is the perfect way to get around and waking up in a different port every morning without having to unpack makes for a blissful way to explore two or three islands. Pristine sandy beaches, a myriad of activities and tons of colonial history make these islands truly idyllic.

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Take a snorkelling trip to meet some friendly locals

Highlights: Snorkelling with sting rays, climbing waterfalls, kayaking turquoise waters, zip lining or just kicking back and relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Drawbacks: From mid-June to early December the threat of hurricane makes for a stressful trip; avoid these months if you want a more relaxing sail.

Deal: Miami is the perfect pace to set sail from; this great deal from Carnival Cruises makes port at Half Moon Cay, San Juan, St Thomas in the British Virgin Islands and Grand Turk before heading back to Miami. Prices start at £364 per person for 7 nights, departing Miami on May 2nd. Flights from London Gatwick to Miami start from £467 return with Air Europa.

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Hawaii

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Volcanic beaches

Drama is waiting around every corner as you explore the stunning volcanic islands of Hawaii. The lush greenery and volcanic cliffs that greet you as you hop between ports make this a truly magical experience. Bustling Waikiki Beach in Honolulu makes for a warm if chaotic welcome to the islands, but after a few days of beach life you’ll be wanting to find out what the rest of the islands have to offer…

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Dramatic scenery

Highlights: Each of the eight islands has its own distinct climate and attractions; any day could see you taking a helicopter ride, snorkelling pristine reefs, climbing waterfalls or sipping delicious coffee at a mountainous plantation.

Drawbacks: Long ocean trips from the mainland USA, and expensive flights can make this a budget buster.

Deal: See the highlights of Hawaii with Carnival Cruises. This great deal sets sail from Honolulu on Oahu and heads to Maui, Hilo and Kona on Hawaii, Kauai before making its way to Vancouver. Prices start from £554 per person for 11 nights departing Honolulu on May 7th. Flights into Honolulu and out of Vancouver start from £770 return flying with United.

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Alaska

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Glacier at Tracy Arm, Alaska

Almost inaccessible in places, Alaska’s vast and untamed wilderness lends itself perfectly to sea exploration. There are more than 100,000 glaciers in Alaska, along with epic mountains, seascapes and amazing wildlife to spot.

You can reach Alaska via boat from Seattle or Vancouver for a shorter sea voyage, but setting off from San Francisco gives you the opportunity to explore one of Americas most exciting cities, so make sure you tack on a few extra days to take a trolley ride, tour Alcatraz and bike across the golden gate bridge.

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A Brown Bear taking it easy in the sunshine

Highlights: Spotting brown bears and humpback whales off the coast of Icy Strait, dog sledding on pristine glaciers, eating delicious salmon and just generally being gob-smacked by some of the most stunning scenery you will ever see.

Drawbacks: Can be a little on the cold side in May and September so be prepared to wrap up warm or book a trip for later in the season.

Deal: Set sail from stunning San Francisco with this great cruise from Celebrity Cruises. Departing San Francisco you will head north to Ketchikan, Icy Strait, Juneau, Tracy Arm Fjord, Victoria, and Astoria before sailing back to San Fran. Prices start from £882 per person for 11 nights, departing San Francisco on May 15th. Flights to San Francisco start at £624 return flying with US Airways.

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