Cruising - Perfect for Every Season

14 March 2013
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Cruising is one of the best value holidays you can have. And it's possible to enjoy the luxury and convenience of a cruising holiday all year round. Whether it's the allure of the warm and sunny Mediterranean seas, the majesty of the Norwegian Fjords and Baltic seas, or something closer to home, in the tropical waters of the South Pacific, there's a cruise to suit you. Consider the sort of experience you desire and select an exotic cruise destination to feed your heart, mind and soul. Unpack once and let the attractions of each country and their unique culture come to you. If you're booking a family trip, consider cruise lines that offer additional facilities and organised activities for children and teenagers.

Cruise Ship Cruising is Perfect Year Round


Beat the unrelenting heat of our Australian summer by choosing a cooler cruise destination in the Northern Hemisphere. Take a polar cruise with a Norwegian Fjord focus, passing glaciers and isolated fishing villages on your way into the Arctic Circle. Visit the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Manitoba's active research station, and if you're super keen, volunteer there or book a five-day course in astronomy, birding, or sub-arctic ecology. Marvel at the northern lights, aurora borealis, their beauty defying description, and see Greenland's icebergs before they disappear.

Experience Polynesian and South American culture, cruising Hawaii, Mexico or South America in autumn, discovering dramatic landscapes and spectacular natural scenery, including cascading waterfalls and impressive volcanic craters. South American trips will please all sorts, with panoramic views and stops in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Likewise, you'll be spoilt for choice cruising the Mexican Riviera with its beautiful bays, luxury yachts, fancy boutiques and restaurants, and an exciting array of water sports. Popular stops include Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas.

Escape the cold and cruise the tropical waters of the Caribbean on a luxury or family oriented ship, offering superior shows, dining and leisure activities. Stop at Barbados, St Lucia, St Maarten, St Thomas, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Aruba and Bonaire. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and land excursions that include zip wiring, four wheel driving and world class shopping during your island hopping. Choose an adults-only ship or join the happy families on a vessel such as Allure of the Seas, the pride of Royal Caribbean International's fleet, and with twenty-one swimming pools and twenty-six restaurants, the largest cruise ship in the world.

With the pleasant spring weather, why not cruise closer to home? Experience popular Asian, New Zealand and South Pacific destinations including Fiji, Vanuatu, Milford Sound, Waitemata Harbour, Manukau Harbour, Langkawi, Phuket, Penang, and Kuala Lumpur, Ko Samui, Bangkok and Hua Hin. Take exquisite day trips ashore, which allow ample time for relaxation, or fun and games. Stop by Underwater World in Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Twin Towers, the Blue Mosque and Thean Hou Buddhist Temple. When you cruise, the attractions come to you.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.