New year, new cruise? The rising popularity of cruise holidays shows no sign of slowing down in 2019, and below are five itineraries I’ve enjoyed (or will enjoy) over the next 12 months.
A Western Mediterranean cruise will typically take 12 to 14 nights on a round trip from Southampton. I enjoy this itinerary so much I’m doing it again in the new year around France, Spain and Italy.
Further reading: A Western Mediterranean Cruise with Royal Caribbean
ℹ: The cruises listed in this blog are examples of itineraries that I’ve enjoyed or will take in 2019, there are of course many other cruise lines and dates available for these destinations.
Cruises: 04/03/19, MSC Bellissima’s maiden voyage to Barcelona (8 nights)
15/06/19, Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas Italian Mediterranean Cruise (14 nights)
My most recent cruise onboard P&O’s Britannia summed up what I love about cruising; the breathtaking scenery, slow paced travel and interesting shore excursions, like this. In 2019 there are many cruise lines offering 7-9 night itineraries to the Fjords, or longer itineraries that cross the Arctic Circle and/or stop in Iceland to see the Northern Lights.
Cruises: 12/05/19, Cunard Queen Victoria (7 nights)
January to March 2019, Viking Cruises London to Bergen / Bergen to London (12 nights)
March / October 2019, Cruise & Maritime’s Northern Lights (11-15 nights)
Scandinavia / The Baltic’s
There’s not many holidays where you can explore up to 7 countries over 2 weeks, but it’s possible on a Scandinavian cruise. I’m taking one of these cruises myself in 2019 and can’t wait to see the culture and history in places like Tallinn and St Petersburg.
Northern Europe ‘Mini Cruise’
The perfect itinerary for those who’ve yet to cruise or desiring a short break – it’s how my family and I introduced ourselves to cruising back in 2012. Typical ports of call include Le Havre (for Paris), Zebrugge (for Brussels and Bruges), Amsterdam, Hamburg and St. Peter’s Port over 2 to 5 nights. I also like this itinerary for visiting the Europe Christmas markets.
Further reading: A Christmas cruise onboard P&O Cruises Ventura
The Canary Islands
The warm year round temperatures makes the Spanish archipelago an attractive destination for autumn or winter sun. One of the highlights of my cruise was visiting the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira along the way.
The London Cruise Show
For more inspiration you can of course join me at Europe’s Biggest Cruise Show on the 16th and 17th February. The London Cruise Show will welcome sponsors Cruise Critic, Luxury Travel Guide, Vikings Cruises and Escapism, alongside new partners Travelzoo and Lonely Planet – each offering guests access to informative talks and seminars, including expert tips and destination insight.
Standard tickets start from £6.50 per person (and every guest gets a free goody bag) and can be booked at www.theticketfactory.com/cruise-show-london.