If you’re feeling a bit flat after the Christmas and New Year festivities, then why not cheer yourself up by booking an exciting cruise holiday. This type of holiday is an affordable yet luxurious way to escape the dark cold days of the UK winter, relax and unwind while you explore new parts of the world.
St Petersburg cruise
Considered by many to be the ‘jewel in the Baltic crown’, the beautiful city of St Petersburg offers magnificent palaces and churches that allow a glimpse into the wealth and cultural diversity of Russian history. A visit to the Hermitage Museum is a must, as well as the Yusupov Palace (where Gregori Rasputin, the ‘mad monk’, was murdered in 1916). On this cruise, you will get to visit amazing places of interest such as Stockholm in Sweden, Copenhagen in Denmark and Oslo in Norway. Oslo is known as the sunniest capital of Scandinavia and features interesting historical sites such as the Royal Palace and Akerhus Castle. If you’re a fan of architecture then you’ll really benefit from seeing the swirling turrets and towers in Copenhagen, and of course, a trip to this place would not be complete without going to see the famous statue of The Little Mermaid.
The French Riviera and Italy give holiday makers the chance to see how the other half live. A Riviera cruise will take you to the playground of the rich and famous, such as Monte Carlo, where you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of this vibrant district of Monaco. If you want a more relaxing visit then you can enjoy strolling along the beautiful harbour or meandering inside the Japanese Gardens.
Perhaps you would prefer Saint Tropez, Rome or Florence, with their striking landscapes and wealth of art and history, and as a summertime bonus, are places of stunning beauty.
Tulip time river cruise
There’s no better place to be in the spring time than Amsterdam and this particular cruise allows passengers to see a wide range of destinations such as Antwerp, Belgium as well as Amsterdam. You will gasp when you notice the numerous fields that are filled with bright tulips and you will certainly marvel at the cute windmills. The historic harbours and canals are a must-see in Amsterdam, and in Antwerp there’s the majestic castle and Cathedral as well as the famous Brabo Fountain and quaint Grote Market. The cruise will also take you to Ghent which is the fourth largest city in Belgium.
Scott Anderson is General Manager at The Luxury Cruise Company.