Best cruise destinations 2020
During winter, there’s not much we look forward to more than our next cruise. Christmas gets an honourable mention – mince pies and presents are a definitely a December highlight – but once the festive season is over, our minds turn firmly to sunnier skies. Need some inspiration for the coming year? Check out our list of the best cruise destinations for 2020, and browse our deals if we’ve successfully tempted you…
It’s a cruising classic, and for good reason. The Med’s made up of sun-splashed historical cities, golden beaches, and enough cultural experiences to get you packing your bags and heading back onboard for more. Even better, we’ve got two itineraries that are perfect for those wanting to tick off several European hotspots in one go. First up is Mediterranean Gems, which calls at Barcelona, Sardinia and Naples – you can read more about it here. Then there’s our Hidden Gems itinerary, which starts in cosmopolitan Palma, Majorca. You can set up on the beach for a day, or wander Old Town’s the cobbled streets. After that, things get a bit more under-the-radar. Ports include Piombino for Siena and Pisa in Italy, Castellon in Spain, Toulon in France, and Calvi in Corsica. Chances are, your friends aren’t visiting these destinations in 2020 – so you won’t be fighting through the crowds for photo opportunities.
Our Arctic cruises might sound a bit chilly, but they offer up some truly standout scenery. You’ll be sailing past ancient glaciers, clear-as-glass lakes, and snow-dusted fjords as you explore some of the coldest places on the globe. It’s not all low temperatures though, as you can board our Arctic cruises throughout the year. The Eidfjord region in Norway gets all dressed up in cherry blossoms in early summer. It’s earned the nickname of Norway’s Orchard because of the fruit trees that grow there. And, you can kayak through the fjords – an experience that offers postcard-perfect views of the country’s iconic frozen mountains from a different perspective. If you do prefer things on the colder side, our cruises to Iceland are great for nature lovers. Keep an eye out for nesting puffins and pay a visit to the Arctic Fox Centre to learn more about Iceland’s only native land mammal.
Tempted? Don’t wait to book, as 2020 is the last year we’ll be sailing to this region. Even better, these cruises sail from Newcastle, so you won’t have to fly to get there.
The Middle East
Whether summer feels really far away or you’re already thinking about a holiday for next winter, the Middle East is ideal for a break from the UK’s six months of frozen windscreens and chilly toes. Israel is really making waves, with a long list of historical and holy sites to explore. You can visit Jerusalem and Bethlehem while you’re there, or up-and-coming Tel Aviv, which matches sandy beaches with market places and modern shopping centres. If you want to see a few other spots too, we recommend our Ancient Affair itinerary, which calls at Turkey, Crete and Cyprus too.
Another good spot for a winter break? Morocco. Agadir’s got all the stuff you’d expect, like souks and ancient architecture, plus a nine-kilometre ribbon of beach just made for stretching out on. Temperatures sit comfortably in the low 20s all year, so you can explore in flip flops and sunglasses. Make a list of everywhere you want to see here, as there’s so much to pack in. The Grand Souk is made up of thousands of stalls, loaded with everything from clothing, rugs and musical instruments to jewellery, handicrafts and spices. Then there’s the walled city of Taroudant, home to an 11th-century citadel and tree-climbing goats. You’ll visit this ancient city on our Colourful Coasts sailing.
Exploring Colombia’s rich tapestry of bright colours and Colonial cathedrals couldn’t be easier with Marella Cruises. Take Cartagena, for example, home to the only walled town in the Americas. Its cobbled alleyways and old buildings might remind you of spots a bit closer to home – which is unsurprising when you discover its Old Town is, like many on this side of the Atlantic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s got enough history to rival its European counterparts, too, with old churches, a 400-year-old monastery and a famous fortress. Fancy exploring a bit of Central America in 2020? Set sail on our Pride of Panama cruise, which calls at Costa Rica and Panama.