Which Ship Would You Pick? National Geographic Reveals World’s Best Cruise Holidays
Cruise holidays are a perfect way to see the world, from the opulent luxury of your liner.
From around-the-world journeys to bespoke river rides, there’s a cruise to suit all tastes.
National Geographic has revealed the 21 best cruises in the world and the lineup is suitably exotic.
Whether you’re in it for the culture, scenery or downright decadence, indulge your wanderlust in this impressive list.
River and ocean cruises
For the more bespoke traveller, river and ocean holidays offer the best of both worlds – all the luxury of a cruise combined with plenty of time off water.
The benefit of these trips is their focus on specific regions and hard to reach places, with experts to provide local insight.
Prime examples are Nour El Nil’s 16-passenger Melouka and 20-passenger Meroë – the elegant ships cruise Egypt’s Nile River for views you’ll never forget.
For unrivalled attention to detail and an all-inclusive price tag, Tauck’s 130-passenger M.S. Joy is the ultimate Danube vantage point.
The cruise is smaller than most of the ships that sail the famous river; allowing for exclusive access to dinners and tours for its guests.
The Amazon is a popular fixture on worldwide bucket lists and Amazon cruises duly meet demand.
Aqua Expeditions’ Aria Amazon glides through the jaw-dropping Peruvian rain forest, with a pitstop for Piranha fishing.
Local fare is celebrated on board, with menus featuring ceviche, river fish and hearts of palm.
The Chobe River borders Botswana and Namibia, housing a diverse array of animal life along its banks.
Pass by Chobe National Park on the Zambezi Queen, which offers cruises year-round.
The park boasts the highest density of elephants in Africa.
French Country Waterways’ Nenuphar is an exclusive canal cruise for just 12 passengers a pop.
Sail past quaint French villages and the esteemed vineyards of Burgundy on your own two-deck luxury barge.
The impressive itinerary features a visit to the Forges de Buffon, where guests are invited into the owner’s home (circa 1768) for wine and tales of local legends.
You can also rent bicycles from the boat to ride around the tree-lined rural lanes.
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Source: Daily Express