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It’s hard to choose a single destination that satisfies all of your holiday requirements, which is what makes cruise holidays so much more fun. cool cruise destinations

You aren’t tied down to one location, you don’t have to spend a fortune on accommodation, food and transportation, and you don’t have the cramped travel spaces or baggage limitations of flying.  cool cruise destinations

Instead, you set sail off the coast of some beautiful country and comfortably amble your way to other cities, cultures, and experiences. I didn’t want to give you the obvious cruise holiday destinations, so I’ve made a collection of cool locations that can be visited by sea. I hope you find something to inspire your wanderlust and thirst for adventure.


If you’re looking for somewhere hot to go during the cold winter months, Dubai and Doha are perfect solutions. Dubai boasts some of the best shopping in the world, but there’s plenty to do even if you’re travelling on a budget. You can still marvel at the modern architecture or indulge in the city’s exciting night-life.

Doha is home to the Museum of Islamic Art, and you can also check out the camel-riding robots at Al Shahaniya Camel Track. The perks of choosing a cruise are evident, as you can stop at a number of different locations on the coasts of the United Arab Emirates, including historic Abu Dhabi or the gateway city of Muscat, which is situated on the Gulf of Oman.


Limassol is on the southern coast of Cyprus and offers a wealth of history and beauty. The city itself is home to the impressive Kolossi Castle. Excursions from Limassol include trips to Paphos where you can see Aphrodite’s Rock and the Tomb of the Kings.

Natural beauties like vineyards, citrus groves, and beaches with some of the clearest water in the world all await. Plus, cruises for this area also generally include stops in Turkey, Greece and sometimes even Spain or Italy.


Costa Rica is an amazingly diverse natural landscape, with rainforests, mountains, and a truly unique selection of flora and fauna.

You can stop at a port city like Puntarenas, then take excursions to San Jose, explore the Poas Volcano, tour a coffee plantation, or sink into a thermal spring. Alternatively, stick close to warm, sandy beaches like Tamarindo or hit the island of Tortuga.


The Canary Islands are a popular destination for cruises because of the 300+ days of sunshine they receive each year! The choices for places to stop and see are endless, with the most popular including La Palma, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife.

The white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters and sunshine speak for themselves in the Canary Islands. But you should also consider cosying up to some dolphins at Loro Parque or travelling inland for a view of Mount Teide in Tenerife.


Everyone should go Down Under at some stage in their life. Whether you’re a city slicker or a country lover, Australia and New Zealand have what you need. You’ll want to save up your holidays for this trip, because it’ll take at least two weeks to see all the sites these warm and vibrant countries offer.

The pull of the Great Barrier Reef is undeniable, so don’t miss the opportunity to snorkel in one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Then continue on south to see the Opera House in Sydney, the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne and indulge in a few adventure sports or a Lord of the Rings tour once you hit New Zealand.


If you’re looking for a destination that is literally very cool, try an Alaskan cruise! Most start in Whittier (near Anchorage), Juneau or Skagway. And some go quite far afield to Vancouver, Seattle and even San Francisco. These cruises are best taken in the summer, as Glacier Bay National Park is hard to traverse after September.

On these truly stunning cruises operating in the area, you’ll get a little bit of everything, including whale watching, mountain climbing, and dog sledding. Plus you can learn gold rush history, see Denali National Park, and get insights into local culture around totem poles and lumberjacks.

Cruises are a great way to take some of the stress out of visiting several different countries, especially if time is a consideration. I hope this list has helps to make your next holiday even easier to arrange!

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Jenni Stewart is a Cambridge-born digital nomad. She is learning her fifth language and otherwise keeps herself busy couch surfing, travel blogging, and writing fiction.

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Freelance writer and blogger Charli has lived in 11 different countries but calls the Caribbean island of Nevis home. A qualified PADI Dive Master, keen runner and culinary enthusiast. She also has a penchant for crunchy almond butter.

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