Set sail with the best premium cruises of 2022
Want to travel again? See the world from the water on these cruises | Source: Windstar Cruises
Despite a number of COVID-related epidemics and crises in 2020, cruises are finally starting to return to sea, giving vacationers the chance to embark on coastal adventures across the globe. With many of us keen to pack our bags and explore the world, cruises are arguably one of the best and most scenic ways to travel after the pandemic.
Whether you’re looking to explore the Norwegian fjords or cruise along the sparkling Mediterranean coast, here are some of the top-rated premium cruises that will leave in 2022.
Snorkel in crystal-clear waters, explore a mystical castle, and hike through lush rainforests on an Eastern Caribbean cruise. Departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Eastern Caribbean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises takes passengers on a seven-day trip through Puerto Plata, Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas, San Juan, and Nassau. Priced at around AUD 1,360 per person, this tropical adventure offers plenty of snorkelling, a sunset harbor cruise, rooftop walks, a twilight zipline, swimming with dolphins and much more aboard the premium cruise ship, Celebrity Reflection.
Other premium cruises through the Eastern Caribbean include a 21-night cruise with Cunard and an eight-night cruise with Royal Caribbean International.
Boasting breathtaking fjords and glaciers, a cruise through Norway allows you to admire the incredible natural landscapes of the Norwegian Sea. Stop in bustling towns like Stavanger and Guvagen and colorful towns like Bergen where you can visit World Heritage sites like Bryggen and sample local produce from Norway’s goat villages.
An exceptional luxury cruise that will sail along the Norwegian coast is the Copenhagen to Copenhagen Cruise from Windstar Cruises. Departing July 2022, this cruise starts from around A $ 6,660 and goes up to A $ 7,515 for an all-inclusive experience aboard the all-inclusive ship, Star Legend which only carries 312 guests and offers a spa and fitness center, swimming pool and terrace. .
Other notable cruise lines that offer Norwegian adventures include Hurtigruten, the all-inclusive Scenic, and the ultra-luxurious Cunard.
The archipelagos of the South Pacific
From the Cook Islands to Fiji, there is an abundance of vibrant coral reefs, idyllic sandy beaches and historic towns to explore in the South Pacific. One cruise liner that can take you through the archipelagos of the South Pacific next year is Paul Gauguin Cruises.
Departing from Papeete in Tahiti, this 13-night cruise will explore the Society Islands, the Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji. While exploring the towns and villages of these beautiful tropical islands, Gauguin guests can enjoy free water sports, room service, and access to a private beach in Bora Bora. Priced at around AU $ 11,354 per person for a balcony room, this luxury cruise also offers a casino, music bar, spa and fitness center, swimming pool, and themed nights.
Filled with historic harbors, incredible cliffs, and rich history, a Mediterranean cruise offers an adventure through some of the world’s best travel destinations. Departing from Barcelona, ââViking Ocean Cruises’ Mediterranean Odyssey ticks all the boxes, stopping at tourist destinations like Marseille, Monte Carlo, Florence and Rome, Corfu in Greece, Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia and, finally, Venice.
Offering scenic drives and a host of other excursions, Viking’s Mediterranean Odyssey offers travelers the opportunity to explore ancient ruins, towns rich in history and culture, breathtaking coastlines, and stunning cathedrals. Starting at around AU $ 8,000, Viking’s 13-day cruise across the Mediterranean will take place on award-winning all-inclusive cruise ships where you can relax at the spa and enjoy a destination-focused dinner.
Other cruise liners that offer luxurious adventures across the Mediterranean include Oceania Cruises and Azamara.