Three days with Oprah or 117 nights at sea? Our pick of some of the best ocean cruises on offer
Cruises come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
Whether it’s discovering old Second World War sites, sailing around the Med or listening to talks by world-famous TV host Oprah Winfrey, cruising has something for everyone.
Here Caroline Hendrie recommends some of the best ocean cruises on offer…
Discover the rich culture of four South-East Asian countries in one eye-opening journey. A stop at Ho Chi Minh City, pictured, is included
Discover the rich culture of four South-East Asian countries in one eye-opening journey.
Meet artisans in their workshops, mingle with monks in ancient temples and soak up the atmosphere in floating markets ashore on board new ship Viking Orion.
A 15-day cruise from Hong Kong to Bangkok departing on April 7, 2019, calls at China, Vietnam and Cambodia. Viking (vikingcruises.co.uk, 0800 298 9700).
Mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day aboard classic British ship Marco Polo next year. A specialist lecturer will be on board to give insights into Operation Overlord and the sites you’ll visit.
These include the replica of Pegasus Bridge and the port of Arromanches. On June 6, the ship will be cruising off the Normandy beaches when a ceremony will honour those who lost their lives on D-Day.
The ship leaves Portsmouth on June 2, 2019, for six nights, calling at Antwerp, Honfleur and Rouen. Cruise & Maritime Voyages (cruiseandmaritime.com, 0844 998 3877).
Spot the birdie
Get close to the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands aboard new luxury ship Celebrity Flora, launching next May. The 100-passenger ship offers lectures and presentations, and has guided tours of the heavens.
On a Galapagos cruise, guests can discover giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and sea lions
Ashore, you’ll be astonished by the fearlessness of giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and sea lions.
Seven-night Quito and Galapagos Inner Loop fly-cruise holidays start on May 26, 2019. Celebrity Cruises (celebritycruises.co.uk, 0800 441 4054).
Go nuts in Brazil
Call at six ports in Brazil on board mid-size ship Marina. Between overnight stays in Rio de Janeiro and Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, you’ll visit seaside resort Buzios, the wildlife haven of Ilha Grande, Parati filled with Portuguese colonial architecture, Santos, the gateway to Sao Paulo, Porto Belo famed for its beaches, and Rio Grande.
A 12-night cruise departs Rio on December 7, 2019. Oceania Cruises (oceaniacruises.com, 0345 505 1920).
Oprah Winfrey hosts a ‘Girls’ Getaway’ cruise to the Caribbean
Fancy a chat with Oprah?
Join Oprah Winfrey for a Girls’ Getaway to the Caribbean aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam. Hear the talk show host in one of three Conversations With Oprah.
The three-night Girls’ Getaway cruise sails round trip from Fort Lauderdale on January 30, 2019. Holland America Line (hollandamerica.com/OprahMag, 0344 338 8605).
Find your family tree
Head for New York and spend a week at sea drawing up your family tree. A new Journey Of Genealogy cruise aboard Queen Mary 2 will have experts on ancestry on board.
Queen Mary 2 leaves Southampton for New York on November 4. Cunard (cunard.co.uk, 03453 550300).
New Year’s Eve
Welcome the New Year in by seeing the Madeira fireworks show. You can do your shopping in Lisbon on Christmas Eve and wake up on Christmas morning on the Atlantic Ocean ready for a festive dinner.
A no-fly, Christmas and New Year Canary Islands cruise aboard Ventura departs Southampton for 14 nights on December 21, 2019. P&O (pandocruises.com, 03453 555111).
Cadiz, pictured, is one of the stops on a seven-night trip on the Crystal Serenity
Catch the last rays of summer along the Costa del Sol on a seven-night trip aboard luxury ship Crystal Serenity. Sailing from Barcelona to Lisbon, the ship visits Valencia, Alicante, Malaga, Cadiz and Gibraltar.
Departure is on October 7, 2018. Crystal Cruises (crystalcruises.co.uk, 020 7399 7601).
Pack your walking shoes for a Scandinavian Islands tour. Your base will be British ship Boudicca, You’ll explore the Danish island of Bornholm, the Swedish island of Gotland and Copenhagen.
The round trip cruise from Dover departs on September 15, 2019.Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays (cruiseandwalk.co.uk, 01707 386767).
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