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Caribbean

About:
The Caribbean is made up of more than 7000 islands which are located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. They run from Florida to Venezuela. When cruising the Caribbean you can choose between Western and Eastern cruises. The main Western ports/cities include: Belize, Jamaica, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. The main Eastern ports/cities include: US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, St Maarten, Bahamas, St Thomas, Turk Islands and Puerto Rico.

Things to See and Do:
Freeport: Lucayan National Park, International Bazaar
Nassau: the Straw Market, Bay Street, Arawak Cay, Ardastra Gardens, Balcony House, Blue Lagoon Island
St Thomas:  Charlotte Amalie, Fort Christian, 99 steps, Haagensen House, Coral World, St Thomas Skyride, Frenchtown, Yacht Haven Grande Marina, Crown Bay
San Juan:  Old San Juan, Plaza Arturo Somohano, El Morro, San Cristobal Fort, Catedral de San Juan, El Yunque
Tortola: Road Town, Jost van Dyke island, Peter Island, Marina Cay, Sage Mountain (National Park)
Belize: 150miles of reefs and cays, Mayan sites such as Altun Ha & Xunantunich,
Jamaica (Falmouth): Good Hope Great House (stately plantation house), beach (10mins taxi ride), authentic feeling Jamaican town
Costa Maya: a purpose built village at the cruise port has free to use pools, bars and shops , Mahahual (seaside village), Xcalak National Park
Cozumel:  pristine jungle and sandy beaches, important Mayan sites such as San Gervasio and El Cedral, Chichen Itza, Tulum
Grand Cayman: duty free jewellery and liquor shopping, Seven Mile Beach, George Town, Stingray City, Cayman Turtle Farm
Ocho Rios: duty-free shopping bargains, Dunn’s River Falls, Mystic Mountain, James Bond Beach

Weather:
While the climate and geography in the Caribbean varies, it is generally a tropical climate with year-round sunshine, although the 2nd half of the year tends to wetter than the first half. Beware of the hurricanes that do occasionally batter the region between Jun – Nov (mainly June and October).

Cruise Companies:
Royal Caribbean – Jewel of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas,  Serenade of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas,
Celebrity Cruises – Millenium, Eclipse, Summit, Solstice, Silhouette, Equinox, Millennium, Constellation
Norwegian Cruise Lines – Sky, Jewel, Sun, Epic, Spirit, Star, Pearl, Gem, Dawn
MSC – Poesia
Silverseas – Silver Spirit, Silver Cloud
Costa Cruises – Luminosa, Mediterranea, Atlantica
Azamara Cruises - Journey
P&O – Azura, Oriana, Adonia, Ventura
Holland America – Maasdam, Eurodam,  Ryandam, Westerdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Noordam, Zuiderdam
Carnival – Elation, Imagination, Paradise, Triumph, Dream, Conquest, Ecstasy, Fascination, Fantasy, Freedom, Glory, Legend, Liberty, Magic, Miracle, Pride, Sensation, Valour, Victory
Disney – Magic, Fantasy
Princess – Grand Princess, Crown Princess, Caribbean Princess, Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess
Fred Olsen – Braemar

Baltic

About
The Baltic region located in Northern Europe, comprises of  countries that have shorelines along the Baltic Sea, this includes: Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The cruise season runs from May – September, although July – August has the warmer temperatures, you’ll avoid the summer crowds May/June & September while still enjoying decent weather. As all countries of the Baltic region (except Russia) are part of the Schengen states, EU passport holders do not need to apply for a visa. If you are planning to visit Russia on your cruise, book a shore excursion with the cruise line and they will look after the visa for you. Should you wish to do your own thing in Russia, please ensure you have organised your own visa before-hand.

Things to See and Do
Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid statue, Christianborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, promenade at the Nyhavn Canals
Helsinki: ferry ride to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Park, Market Square
Stockholm: the Ice Bar, Gamla Stan (the old town), Vasa Museum, do a Rooftop Walk, Riddarholmen
  Warnemunde (gateway to Berlin): Brandenburg Gate, East Side Gallery, the Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie
Oslo: Waterfront area, Viking Ship Museum, Nobel Prize Peace Centre, Munch Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park
St Petersburg: the Hermitage Museum, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Russian Museum, Peter & Paul Fortress
Tallinn: the Old Town, Toompea Castle, Toomkirk,  Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Flower Market
Northern Europe (Fjords):
Bergen:  the Wharf area, the Bergen Fish Market, Bergen Aquarium, Bergen Art Museum, Floibanen Funicular, Fantoft Stave Chruch
Flam:  Flam Railway, Naeroyfjord, Aurland Fjord Lookout, Laedral, Otternes Farm Museum, Undredal
Trondheim: Torvet (heart of the city), Gamle Bybro, Trondelag Folk Museum, Stiftsgarden Palace, Monk’s Island, National Museum of Decorative Arts
Geiranger: Eagle Road, Eagle Bend (panoramic viewing spot), the Seven Sisters, Mount Aksla
Tromso: Polaria, Arctic Cathedral
Alesund:  Brosundet (fishing port), Apotekertorget square, Jungenstilsenteret museum

Weather
The Baltic region benefits from varied weather, Summers are typically warm and sunny with expansive blue skys,. And the winters are beautiful, picturesque snowy scenes of purest white and crystal blues.

Cruise Companies:
Royal Caribbean – Brilliance of the Seas, Vision of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas
Costa Cruises – Fortuna, Luminosa, Costa neoRomantica
MSC – Lirica, Poesia, Magnifica
Fred Olsen – Braemar, Black Watch, Boudicca, Balmoral
Celebrity – Constellation, Eclipse
Holland America – Rotterdam, Ryndam, Eurodam
P&O – Arcadia, Oriana
Princess – Emerald Princess, Ocean Princess
Silverseas – Silver Whisper, Silver Cloud
Cunard – Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria
Norwegian Cruise Lines – Sun
Azamara – Journey

Middle East

About:
The United Arab Emirates or UAE is located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf, its Capitol Abu Dhabi is the  Largest City in the UAE. The Offical religon is Islam and Arabic is the official language. The cruise season for this area generally runs from October to March, Cities generally visited on a cruise in this area are: Dubai, Fujairah, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Khasab

Weather:
With typically a hot dry climate the UAE is your perfect Winter Sun destination. July/August are the 2 hottest months of the year, December, January and Febuary are good months to visit.

Cruise Companies and Ships:
Royal Caribbean – Brilliance of the Seas.
MSC – Lirica.
Costa Cruises  - Favlosa.

Things to See and Do:
Dubai: dune bashing, Burj Khalifa (tallest tower in the world), Burj al Arab (only 7* hotel in the world), Dubai Fountains, shopping, Jumeira Beach, Atlantis Resort & Aquaventure Water Park, Ski Dubai, Bastakia area, spice and gold souks, Grand Mosque
Abu Dhabi: Sheik Zayed Mosque, Emirates Palace, Ferrari World, F1 Marina Circuit (Yas Island), The Corniche (the iconicwaterfront promenade), Heritage Village, Manarat al Saadiyat (museum), Al Ain (2 hours drive from Abu Dhabi)
Fujairah: Masafi (Friday Market), Fujairah Fort, Bithna Oasis, Bidya Mosque
Muscat: Bait Al Baranda Museum, Muttrah Harbour, Al Lawatiya Mosque, Muttrah Souk
Khasab: Khasab Fort, stunning beach and clear blue water for relaxing, Dhow (old boat) trip to Musandam

Asia

Cruise Holidays has a wonderful selection of exotic cruises, some of which sail as far as Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand & Vietnam. Asia is a land of hidden treasures. From India to the Philippines, there are dozens of port cities, gateway to the lands of the Orient and opportunities to cruise Asia. You chance to cruise Asia is a fun and easy way to get around and explore everything that this alluring continent has to offer. From Turkmenistan in the west to South Korea in the East, this continent is home to the plateau of the world, Tibet, and well as the ancient Hindu Kush. Countries like Pakistan and East Timor defy classification and the mix of cultures in these countries only enhance the exotic flavor. There are a number of port cities you can depart from on your Asia luxury cruise, a good choice being Bangkok, Thailand. This city is overflowing with cultural riches, and its miles of temples and sacred structures with simply astound you. Exploring revered temples richly decorated with ornate filigree and filled with golden Buddhas await you. The lush air and majestic scenery only enhance the feeling of awe that will overcome you as you gaze upon the façade of Wat Phra Kaeo. Immaculate paintings and brightly colored statues of Buddhist deities greet you as you enter. The building, over two hundred years old, is one of the most revered sites in Thailand, so appropriate dress is required.

Alaska

Introduction
Cruising in Alaska means thundering glaciers, temperate rainforests, rugged coastlines, majestic peaks, untamed wildlife, and so much more. And today's cruise ships are designed to enhance this extraordinary scenery ? so the journey to each port of call is half the fun. Thousands of balcony staterooms afford cruisers panoramic access to Alaska's great outdoors. Spot bald eagles soaring by, killer whales breaching, and grizzlies grazing along the shore. Ease into the warmth of an outdoor whirlpool and watch glacier floes tumble into the sea. See an unforgettable sunset and savor a gourmet dinner in the comfort of a luxurious shipboard restaurant . And, just before bed, gaze up at a canopy of stars from a seat on your stateroom's private balcony. Attractions With the glamour of Broadway-style musical productions, hilarious comedians, live musicians, cooking and wine classes, even professional ice-skating shows on some ships, you'll never be bored. There's nothing like the excitement of a winning hand at poker or a slot machine paying off. Try your luck in the Las Vegas-style casinos.

During the day visit the fitness club offering the best equipment and all the latest classes, like yoga and pilates. Jog your morning mile in the middle of the ocean. Work on your swing in the golf simulators. Or pick up a game of basketball in the shadow of Alaskan glaciers. Visit the onboard Spa treat yourself to a pedicure or facial, or go for something you've never tried before, like a seaweed wrap or aroma stone therapy massage. Soothe your body, smooth your skin and send your mind to a sensory heaven. While ashore you could walk on a glacier in Juneau, the capital of Alaska that got popular for the gold rush. A helicopter and float trip lands you on either Mendenhall or Norris Glacier. Aside from the spectacular views, float trips often include lunches of smoked salmon and reindeer sausage

In Ketchikan, get lucky trying your hands at gold panning or make your way to the restored gold rush era streets and Creek Street, the row of buildings on pilings over a stream which houses boutiques, eateries, and the infamous Dolly?s House Known as Alaska?s First City, visitors can?t help but notice the many totem poles that dot Ketchikan?s landscape. Flyover sightseeing tours of Misty Fjords are extremely popular. The majestic beauty of the fjords, waterfalls, and rugged tree covered mountains are capped by landing on a serene lake in the wilderness. A salmon hatchery tour is a great attraction in this Salmon capital of the World.

Restaurants
The ships offer an array of Fine Dining options, while dining in the Main Restaurant experience the masterful cuisine, exceptional service and sweeping views in a most refined dining atmosphere. Or enjoy the same world-class cuisine in a more relaxed environment called the Casual Dining, open almost around the clock,

it offers great food, spectacular views and an attentive wait staff, all in a casual atmosphere. Besides the Cruise lines also offer speciality restaurants like the Italian Portofino and Chops Grille on Royal Caribbean, Murano Restaurant onboard Celebrity?s Century, named for the island of Murano near Venice, Italy, where glass-blowing has been a fine art and tradition, SS United States Restaurant aboard Celebrity?s Infinity featuring actual glass panels from the original ship that established a new speed record for transatlantic crossing in 1952

Alaska?s seafood is world renowned for its quality and abundance, and you?ll find it featured prominently on menus at all ports. One of the most unique culinary experiences is a genuine Alaska salmon bake. These buffet-style feasts offer grilled salmon and other seafood along with salads, breads and desserts featuring Alaska ingredients and traditions. The wild berries and gigantic veggies, grown massive under the midnight sun, make excellent complements to the world?s best wild seafood. A visit to Alaska is not complete without at least one salmon-bake dinner.

Some popular restaurants are the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, Mount Roberts Tramway, Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau In Skagway, The Red Onion Saloon is the spot in town to wet your whistle at the turn-of-the-century mahogany bar and the Skagway Salmon Bake At Liarsville

Shopping
Who knew there was such great shopping in the middle of the ocean? You'll find everything from unique jewelery and souvenirs to any toiletries you may have forgotten to pack. Plus, everything is available tax- and duty-free, with a savings of up to 25% off U.S. retail prices. If you're looking to add to your collection, you might find just what you're looking for at one of the onboard art auctions. If browsing is more your style, walk through the onboard art and photo galleries or take a guided tour of the ship with the onboard art auctioneer.

No visit to Alaska would be complete without a souvenir to remember it by. Wherever you go, you'll find unique Alaskan products and crafts. These can include:
? Gold nugget jewelery and items carved from ivory and jade
? Handmade clothing and toys
? Collectors items made from animal skins, fur or bone
? Woven baskets of beach grass, bark or baleen
? Alaskan delicacies ? canned and smoked salmon, wild berry products and reindeer sausage
? Native seal oil candles, beaded mittens, fur mukluks and miniature hand carved totem poles

Weather
Alaska cruising is seasonal. Generally beginning in May, cruise ships ply the Inside Passage and Gulf of Alaska until September. June, July, and August are the warmest months with temperatures averaging from 50° to 80° during the day and cooler at night. Late May is a particularly good choice because snow still covers mountain tops and yet the weather is typically mild.

Australia

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The island of Australia is the perfect place to plan a cruise. When planning Australia cruises, it is best to look at the many different options to be sure you choose the best cruise for your travel plans. Australia cruises can be booked both locally and from afar. Some travelers choose to cruise from Asia or as part of a world tour cruise. Others book shorter cruises of varying lengths from an Australian port. Depending on the amount of time you have to spend on the water, Australian cruises are a delightfully different way to take a look at Australia. If you cruise to Australia from another country, you are likely in for a long journey. Large cruise lines offer accommodations ranging from high end to less expensive. If you can manage it, and plan to be taking an oceanic tour that is bound to last upwards of two weeks, you might consider booking the more luxurious rooms. If you haven?t been out to sea for an extended period of time, it is often nice to have comfortable surroundings for your first journey.

In general, you should find that cruise ship rooms are cozy and enjoyable. Food is provided for on a cruise of this nature, and usually passengers will find a wide range of dining options. You may choose to fly to Australia and book a cruise from one of many possible ports. There are some great options for cruises ranging from one to three weeks. A cruise of this nature usually makes stops along the coast line providing opportunities for travelers to hop off the boat and spend time on dry land. You?ll almost always have an entire day to spend at a given stop leaving plenty of time to shop, dine, and relax on the beach. You can also take advantage of the many activities Australia has to offer such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, and array of other popular things to do. Australia cruises also often offer many of these activities as part of your cruise package. Check with your cruise line when booking your trip.

Florida

Florida can easily be considered as the cruise ship capital of the world with almost all Caribbean, Mexican and South American cruises leaving many of its spectacular ports. With cruises departing from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral and many more ports around the sunshine state, Florida is your first stop on the cruise of your dreams. Florida is an exhilarating state that combines holidays with excitement, relaxation and sun, a mix that is quite unique. Your preferred port can be chosen based on the type of cruise holiday you choose to be apart of. For those young and lively, a cruise from Miami might be just the ticket after a few days in this exciting city, or if you are after a more laid back luxurious cruise, why not sail from the picture perfect Fort Lauderdale. Families can also cruise from Port Canaveral after an exciting holiday in Orlando. Either way, Florida is the key to your ultimate perfect cruise holiday. These cruises offer scenic wonders as well as interesting ports to stop at, with a variety of activities that can be enjoyed on day trips, from hiking, scuba diving, and fishing to shopping.

Attractions
Florida being the popular destination that it is offers many types of excursions and attractions. Why not kick off your holiday with non stop fun in the theme park capital of the world, Orlando. Or if exciting nightlife tickles your fancy why not spend a few days in Miami and enjoy the exciting destination that is South Beach. For those wishing to enjoy the Florida sunshine in a more luxurious location, why not spend a few days in Fort Lauderdale, perfect for some well earned me time!
Restaurants
Depending on your destination within Florida, you are sure to find something to suit your tastes. Florida offers many restaurant types from ethnic to themed, in Florida, there is something for everyone.
Shopping
Florida is a shopper?s paradise, offering a huge variety of shops from the outlet stores of Orlando to the stylish boutiques in Miami there is something for everyone! Orlando is loved by shopaholics and bargain hunters alike with its many outlet malls and stores. Souvenirs shops are also dotted along by the beaches in many of the states towns and villages. Shopping in Florida is the perfect way to spend your last few dollars after that relaxing dream cruise.
Weather
The first thing that springs to mind when you think of Florida is year round sun shine?sounds perfect to us! This consistent sunshine makes Florida the ultimate destination. Take a break from cold, windy and wet Ireland at any point of the year to Florida and you are sure to come back all sunny inside!

Hawaii

Introduction
Aloha, the only word you will say when you witness the amazing beautiful Hawaiian Islands. Clear seas, forest covered mountains, white sandy beaches, Hawaii is a picturesque paradise. Why not become a part of this truly tropical destination because Hawaii is in one word, a paradise. When it comes to choosing a Hawaiian cruise holiday the selection of ports are endless. You can discover the beautiful ports of Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Maui and many more. One thing is for sure, you will be speechless when you witness this tropical paradise.

Attractions
Water sports are huge in Hawaii with many of the world?s best surfers gracing its shores on the waves, so when on a trip why not give some of the water sports a try! When visiting Honolulu, a trip to Pearl Harbor is very popular and is known to be an amazing excursion and experience. Or if relaxing in the sun is more your style, there are plenty of beaches just dying to be enjoyed by all!

Restaurants
Fresh Seafood is very popular in Hawaii with many restaurants serving many many varieties. Why not sample some local dishes and evolve your taste buds. Also around Hawaii, you will find many recognized American restaurants that are always a safe bet if seafood is not your thing.

Shopping
Hawaii is home to many of the world?s largest designers and brands that are all present throughout its many large shopping malls and boutiques. You can also find plenty of souvenirs and crafts which are made by locals and are excellent keepsakes. With the dollar at an all time high, Hawaii is an excellent location to buy yourself that well deserved treat!

Weather
As expected, the weather in Hawaii is almost perfect all year round! Renowned for blue skies and crystal seas Hawaii is a sun lover?s paradise, with virtually year round sunshine, perfect for a sun holiday cruise!

Med

About:
The name Mediterranean is derived from Latin, meaning "the middle of the earth".

The Mediterranean Sea is an inland sea in central europe, it is almost completely enclosed by Anatolia,  Europe, North Africa, and  the Levant. The Mediterranean basin spans over three continents, Africa, Europe and Asia.   When cruising the Med, you can choose between Western and Eastern Mediterranean cruises. the main Western ports/cities you will see include: Barcelona, Corsica, Genoa, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Rome, Tenerife, Venice Florence/Pisa Gibraltar, Funchal, and Monaco. The main Eastern ports/cities you will see include Athens, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Katakolon,  Haifa, Izmir, Lisbon, Split, and Crete.

Things to See and Do:
Barcelona: Gothic Quarter, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Church, Monserrat Monastery (about 45mins outside of city).
Rome: Vatican’s St Peter Square, St Peters Basilica, The Colosseum and Trevi Fountain.
Florence: Piazza del Duomo, art treasures of the Renaissance, Michaelangelo’s David
Pisa: Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Naples/Sorrento: Pompeii, island of Capri.
Athens: Parthenon, the Agora Market, the National Archeological Museum, the Kermikos cemetery, the view from Lykavittos Hill.
Katakolon: 40mins from Olympia, where the ancient Olympic Games were held.
Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Haghia Sophia Chruch and Museum, Grand Bazaar.
Dubrovnik: a UNESCO World Heritage Treasure, great walking city for history and culture, Pile Gate, 14th century Franciscan Monastery and Dominican Monastary, the Synagogue, sandy beaches.
Venice: Piazza San Marco, Basilica San Marco, the view from the Bell Tower, art galleries, cathedrals, view on the Grand Canal, gondola ride.

Weather:
The climate is generally hot and dry in the summer, mild and rainy in the winter.

Cruise Companies and Ships:
Royal Caribbean – Adventure of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Splendour of the Seas, Voyager of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas
Celebrity Cruise Lines – Solstice, Equinox, Silhouette
Norwegian Cruise Lines – Epic, Jade, Spirit
MSC – Splendida, Fantasia, Sinfonia, Armonia, Orchestra, Divina, Musica, Melody
Silverseas – Silver Wind, Silver Spirit, Silver Cloud
Fred Olsen – Balmoral, Black Watch, Braemar
Costa Cruises – Magica, Classica, Fortuna, Serena, Concordia, Fascinosa, Atlantica, Favlosa, Mediterranea, Pacifica, Luminosa
Azamara Cruises – Quest, Journey
P&O – Ventura, Adonia, Oceana, Aurora, Azura, Arcadia

South America

Relax on beautiful Brazilian beaches. Stroll the exquisite boulevards of Buenos Aires, and explore the romance of Patagonia. Be among the few to witness the surreal beauty of Antarctica. Explore the rainforests and jungles of the Amazon River searching for rare and endangered species. Walk in the footsteps of ancient Incans at Machu Picchu, built high in the Andes Mountains in the first century AD. Throughout your cruise, we bring the history, culture and natural wonders of South America alive with our onboard Explorations Speaker Series and award winning shore excursions