Modern cruise ships are basically floating cities, with all mod cons, and huge amounts of amenities. These ships are dripping in luxury and elegant charm, each with its own unique mix of restaurants, entertainments, bars, clubs, casinos, theaters, gyms, spas, and sports facilities.
The signature atmosphere of a certain cruise ship can bring people back again and again, making it a home from home for many cruise aficionados. Once you’ve been bitten by the cruise bug, you’ll quite possibly be a cruise lover for life!
There are many great cruise companies offering a wealth of routes, destinations, and vessels to choose from. Whether you choose calm Caribbean seas, freezing Nordic expeditions, or wild and wavy north Atlantic crossings, you are guaranteed a great time.
The possibilities on a cruise holiday are vast. Maybe you’ll decide to relax on a sun lounger, sipping cocktails and watching the beautiful shoreline as you sail soothingly along, or avail of the myriad day excursions on offer – it’s up to you. Whatever you choose, an exotic cruise will provide you with ample opportunities for relaxation and adventure.
Here is our list of six of the best exotic and quick(ish) cruises (no four-month ‘around the world’ journeys here). So have a read, and then make note of the cruises that particularly pique your interest in you BUCKiTDREAM planner.
Explore the Stunning Coastal Cities and Fjords Of the Baltic and Scandinavia On a Viking Homelands Cruise This 15-day cruise will take you from cosmopolitan Stockholm, via St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Gdańsk, Helsinki, Berlin, and Copenhagen, to Bergen and the spectacular Norwegian fjords. You’ll visit eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and there are optional shore excursions at every port of call. There is music, dance, performances, and lectures onboard for entertainment, and restaurants serving delicious food including regional specialties and American classics. This cruise is a wonderful way to explore northern Europe.
Sail From Sydney to Auckland Aboard the Majestic Queen Mary 2 Cunard are a classic old cruise ship company, and Queen Mary 2 is their flagship vessel. It is a spectacularly elegant monster of a ship, as luxurious as it is enormous. It has the largest ballroom on the Seven Seas, as well as a multitude of luxury restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas, and sports and recreation facilities. The Queen Mary 2 is the Granddaddy of cruise ships!
This 9-day cruise leaves from Sydney and crosses to New Zealand where you will explore the breathtaking fjord-like scenery of the country’s south coast, stopping at the warm and welcoming cities of Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, and Tauranga, before disembarking at Auckland. The scenery of New Zealand’s south coast is rugged and thoroughly Lord of the Rings-esque.
Visit the Caribbean’s Secret Hideaways On the Star Legend Start in Bridgetown – Barbados and sail to Bequia, Pigeon Island – St. Lucia, Les Saintes – Guadeloupe, Little Bay – Montserrat, Gustavia – St. Barthelemy, and on to San Juan – Puerto Rico. These destinations are small, cute, and secluded. The Star Legend is a small cruise ship. With room for only 212 passengers, she is really more like a large yacht. Due to her diminutive size, she can squeeze into cheeky little harbors that her bulkier sisters are too large for. So you will have these places to yourself, and the luxurious white sand beaches of Pigeon Island and Les Saintes will be all yours.
Your days and nights will be spent being pampered on board the Star Legend by the friendly Windstar staff, as well as exploring the secret hideaways of the Caribbean – kayaking, snorkeling, walking amongst the sea turtles on uncrowded beaches, and admiring glorious sunsets. This cruise will truly take you to paradise!
See Southeast Asia On Oceania’s Nautica The Nautica is an acclaimed cruise liner that is sleek, smooth, and elegant. Her decks are made of the finest teak, and her lounges, restaurants, and staterooms are furnished in a beautiful neo-classical style. She has four restaurants, a fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino, and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, the vast majority of which have private balconies. The staff is second to none, and so your every need will be taken care of.
Embark from Singapore, and sail up through the Gulf of Thailand to Koh Samui and Bangkok, then on to Sihanoukville, Cambodia, through the South China Sea to Ho Chi Minh City, Chan May, and Hanoi in Vietnam, and finally up through the Hainan Strait to Hong Kong. There are fun excursions at every port of call. What a way to explore Southeast Asia!
Let the Regent Seven Seas Voyager Take You Around the Sunny Mediterranean This 7-night cruise takes you from the ultra-glamorous, tiny and historical port of Monte Carlo down to Livorno, Rome, and Sorrento on Italy’s west coast, then up to Marseille and Sanary-Sur-Mer in Provence, France, and finally across to chic and sophisticated Barcelona on Spain’s east coast.
There are optionally organized excursions at every destination along the way, and the ship offers lots of great onboard entertainments including a library, outdoor dockside pool, casino, theaters, clubs, lounges and bars, numerous luxury restaurants, spa and fitness facilities, and boutiques. So whether you are onboard the ship, or out exploring the beautiful destinations you will visit, you are guaranteed to have a great time!
Travel on Oceania’s Insignia From Abu Dhabi, Through the Middle East, To Rome This exotic and mysterious route take 21 days and goes from Abu Dhabi and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, through the Arabian Sea to Muscat, Oman, up through the pirate-ridden Gulf of Aden (water cannons at the ready!) and into the Red Sea until you reach Aqaba, Jordan, and Luxor, Egypt, through the fascinating Suez Canal to Jerusalem – Israel, Limassol – Cyprus, Kos – Greece, through the Mediterranean to Catania, Gaeta, and ultimately Rome in Italy.
You’ll travel a beautifully diverse route which takes in some spectacularly different destinations with a unique atmospheres. The Insignia is a majestic ship which is bursting at the seams with elegance, class, and luxury. Its restaurants serve exquisite haute cuisine and its bars are plush and relaxing. The entertainment onboard can be wild and exciting, or laid-back and relaxed – as ever, the choice is yours!
So there you go, six beautifully exotic, quick cruises. Hopefully, you are now feeling nicely in the mood to hit the Seven Seas and start exploring! And whether you are marveling at the beauty of the Norwegian Fjords on a Viking Homelands cruise, relaxing in the plush and salubrious surrounds of Monte Carlo port, or keeping watch for pirates in the Gulf of Aden, don’t forget to share your awesome exotic cruise experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!