Despite facing a number of COVID-related outbreaks and crises in 2020, cruises are finally starting to return to the seas again, offering holidaymakers the opportunity to embark on coastal adventures across the globe. With many of us eager to pack our suitcases and explore the world, cruises are arguably one of the best and most scenic ways to travel post-pandemic.
Whether you’re looking to explore the Norwegian fjords or sail along the glittering Mediterranean coast, here are some of the top-rated premium cruises setting sail in 2022.
The Eastern Caribbean
Snorkel through crystal clear waters, explore a mystical castle and hike through lush rainforests on a cruise through the eastern Caribbean. Departing from Fort Lauderdale in Florida, the Eastern Caribbean Cruise with Celebrity Cruises takes guests on a seven-day journey through Puerto Plata, Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas, San Juan and Nassau. Priced at around A$1,360 per person, this tropical adventure offers plenty of snorkelling, a sunset harbour cruise, skyline drives, a twilight zip-line, swimming with the dolphins and plenty more aboard the premium cruise ship, Celebrity Reflection.
Other premium cruises through the eastern Caribbean includes 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 take in the incredible natural landscapes from the Norwegian Sea. Stop into lively towns like Stavanger and Guvagen and colourful cities like Bergen where you can visit World Heritage Sites like Bryggen and sample local produce from Norway’s goat villages.
One standout luxury cruise that will be sailing along the Norwegian coast is Windstar Cruises’ Copenhagen to Copenhagen cruise. Departing in 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-suite ship, Star Legend which carries just 312 guests and offers a spa and fitness centre, swimming pool and sundeck.
Other standout cruise lines that offer Norwegian adventures includes Hurtigruten, the all-inclusive Scenic and the ultra-luxurious Cunard.
The Archipelagos of the South Pacific
From the Cook Islands to Fiji, there’s an abundance of vibrant coral reefs, idyllic sandy beaches and storied 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, Cook Islands, Tonga and Fiji. While exploring the towns and villages of these beautiful tropical islands, guests on The Gauguin can enjoy complimentary watersports, room service and access to a private beach in Bora Bora. Priced at around A$11,354 per person for a balcony room, this luxury cruise also offers a casino, music bar, spa and fitness centre, swimming pool and theme nights.
Filled with historic ports, incredible cliff sides and rich history, a Mediterranean cruise offers an adventure through some of the world’s top travel destinations. Setting sail from Barcelona, Viking Ocean Cruises’ Mediterranean Odyssey ticks all the boxes, stopping in 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 travellers the opportunity to explore ancient ruins, cities rich in history and culture, breathtaking coasts and stunning cathedrals. Starting from around A$8,000, Viking’s 13-day cruise through the Mediterranean will take place on award-winning all-inclusive cruise ships where you can wind down at the spa and enjoy destination-focused dining.
Other cruise liners that offer luxurious adventures across the Mediterranean include Oceania Cruises and Azamara.
This article originally appeared on Fancy