Our Top Cruise and Boating Holidays
Cruise holidays are a great way to see the world without the hassle of organising your own transport, accommodation and itinerary. Most cruises are all-inclusive and offer leisurely holidays allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the trip. Cruises range from budget to full-on luxury with all modern amenities provided, catering to all traveller tastes. The following are a few of the cruise packages we recommend considering.
This seven-night cruise begins in Dubrovnik and sails around the scenic Dalmatian Coast visiting Korcula, Pucisca, Omis, Split, Hvar and Mljet before returning to Dubrovnik. Each port of call will allow you to explore these medieval towns and cities at your leisure, with optional guided tours available for select locations. Your cruise vessel is a 36-person capacity modern yacht with fully air-conditioned two-person cabins featuring luxury beds, TV, en-suite, and window/porthole view. Breakfast and lunch are included excluding drinks, and there is a restaurant, bar, and sundeck for your pleasure.
This package includes a four-night stay in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the heart of Las Vegas, followed by a seven-night cruise exploring the Californian coast. The cruise commences in Los Angeles and calls into San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Ensenada (Mexico) before returning to Los Angeles for two nights in the Sixty Beverly Hills Hotel. The luxurious Crown Princess offers both inside and outdoor staterooms with balcony, complete with refrigerator, TV, plus en-suite bathroom. On-board you will find plenty of opportunities for shopping, dining and relaxing, including a fitness centre and freshwater swimming pool.
There are two seven-night cruises on offer here, both of which leave from and conclude in the Turkish port of Bodrum. The North Dodecanese Cruise visits Kos, Leros, Patmos, Lipsi, Kalymnos, and Akvaryum, while the South Dodecanese Cruise heads to Kos, Gyali, Nisyros, Symi, Rhodes, Palamutbuku, Knidos, Black Island and Poyraz Harbour. Both cruises take place on a traditional schooner with fully included dining excluding drinks, a relaxing sundeck, kitchen and lounge area with TV and entertainment facilities. All cabins are fully furnished with modern comforts to enjoy your voyage on the Aegean Sea.
Beginning with a three-night stay in Venice at the Hotel Alla Giustizia 3*, you then board the Splendour of the Seas for a seven-night Mediterranean cruise. You will visit Montenegro’s scenic Kotor Bay, the Greek island of Corfu, the cities of Athens and Ephesus, and the islands of Mykonos and Kefalonia. The Splendour of the Seas is a 5* luxury ship that offers many leisure opportunities, including day spas, pools, rock climbing facilities, discos and even an 18-hole golf course. Both interior and outdoor staterooms are available, all which feature luxury bedding and furniture, private en-suite bathroom and 24-hour room service.
Your journey begins in Miami with an overnight stay at the Hilton Miami Downtown, after which you will board your cruise for an adventure around the Caribbean. This 10-night luxury cruise will take you to George Town (Grand Cayman), Cozumel (Mexico), Belize City (Belize), Santo Tomas (Guatemala), Roatan Island (Honduras), Costa Maya (Mexico) and Florida’s Key West. Two cruise ships are offered depending on your preferred month of travel: the Oceania Regatta in January and Oceania Riviera in February. Both ships feature luxurious lounges, fitness facilities and gourmet restaurants, as well as luxurious accommodations ranging from cosy private staterooms to spacious penthouse suites.
This 12-night cruise takes you through several beautiful locations throughout Asia. Starting in China, you will spend two nights in Xian staying at the Holiday Inn Xian Big Goose Pagoda 4*, then head via bullet train to Beijing where you will spend three nights staying in the Sunworld Hotel Beijing 4*. From there you will depart on the Quantum of the Seas, visiting Fukuoka (Japan), Taipai (Taiwan), Hong Kong (China), Hue/Danang and Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) before finishing in Singapore with an optional two-night stay at the Hotel Elizabeth. The Quantum of the Seas features a variety of entertainment and dining options, and all cabins feature modern amenities and luxuries, with ocean and balcony views optional.
Travelling down the majestic Nile River, this seven-night cruise will take you to some of Egypt’s most famous historical landmarks. Your voyage will take you to the Valley of the Kings, the ancient temples of Edfu and Aswan, the famous Abu Simbel Temple (optional), and Luxor where you can enjoy the light show at Karnak Temple. The M/S Tulip features a sun deck with a swimming pool, fitness spa and sauna, and restaurant. All cabins are air-conditioned, have luxury bedding and en-suite facilities, along with panoramic views of the Nile Valley.
If you are looking for a romantic holiday experience, then this cruise around the lush, tropical islands and atolls of the Maldives is the perfect option. Activities include reef snorkelling, visits to remote Maldivian villages, barbeques on deserted islands and opportunities to relax in the tranquil waters of a lagoon. The journey takes place on the Princess Haleema, a four-deck 36m long luxury yacht with lounge, dining area and sundeck. All cabins are air-conditioned and have en-suite facilities. Onboard Wi-Fi is available at an additional charge.
The Voyage Privé travel expert’s opinion on boating holidays
Cruises provide a leisurely option for those who want to travel in style and comfort without the bother of co-ordinating everything yourself. Luxury cruises often provide many options for dining, entertainment, and relaxation during the journey, while smaller cruises offer a more intimate, relaxing journey across the seas. Cruises are a great way to see a variety of places in a single journey while your accommodation travels with you.