Our luxury cruise holidays offer a wonderful way to retrace some of your cherished destinations as well as embarking on a journey of discovery. Although flying seems the more conventional way to venture the globe, a cruise holiday can give you so much more. From luxurious staterooms with private balconies looking out to sea, to onboard shopping malls, theatrical performances and spa experiences – all this while en route to your next destination.
We pride ourselves in offering you top class cruise companies that feature world-class facilities, from incredible hospitality to award-winning dining experiences and excellent onboard activities.
Whether you’re looking to cruise far or away, we can help arrange hotel stays, flights and excursions that fit into your incredible luxury cruise holiday, all tailor made to your perfection.
Popular Cruise holidays 2016/2017 destinations
There are a plethora of destinations to push your travel boundaries to when embarking on our selected cruise holidays. But to help you narrow down your search, these top 10 cruising destinations are points of interest to begin with.
- Venice, Italy
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Mykonos, Greece
- Philipsburg, St Maarten
- Tallinn, Estonia
- St Petersburg, Russia
- Quebec, Canada
- Flaam Norway
- Cagliari, Italy
- Boston, USA
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Take the stress out of flying by sailing the seas gracefully and with ease. Most cruises include meals within the price, at Pure Destinations we can tailor your luxury cruise holiday so you don’t have to worry about the cost of onboard amenities, speak to us today about food and drink packages. The beauty of travelling by ship is the flexibility in how you spend your holiday, if you decide to stay on board while the ship is docked, you can do so without hassle. In terms of land excursions, you can book your experiences onboard before heading off to the destination, allowing you to spend your time on land more memorable.
Discover some of our top cruise holiday destinations to inspire your next holiday:
Discover a truly incredible island hopping experience unlike no other on a cruise through the glistening Caribbean. Each jewel-like island in the Caribbean is blessed with tropical sunshine, pristine beaches and unique experiences. There’s a whooping 7,000 Caribbean islands across the Caribbean Sea, with world-class diving getting you face-to-face with marvelous marine life sightings that will make your jaw drop. Our range of cruises in the Caribbean will allow you to soak up the sunshine whilst delving into a new island experience. From swimming with pigs in the Bahamas, to visiting Bob Marley’s house in Jamaica and making your own chocolate while taking in world-class views of the Piton mountains in St Lucia. We have a range of wonderful cruise holiday packages to make your holiday extra special, whether you’re looking for a family holiday, couples cruise or a solo adventure – our travel experts will search for your perfect sailing. The best time to embark on a Caribbean cruise holiday is pretty much all year round due to the tropical climate, allowing you to escape the British winter or get some extra ‘vitamin sea’ in the summer months.
A cruise through the Mediterranean invites you on a journey of culinary excellence, cultural experiences, adrenaline-filled adventure and breathtaking sights to make your jaw drop. Ideal for any type of traveller, a Mediterranean cruise is popular among first time cruisers and family holidays as you can sail directly from Southampton. With a myriad of cruise itineraries to consider, depending on what type of holiday you would like and what things you want to see, the Mediterranean is at your fingertips when it comes to choice. Some of the best Mediterranean cruise destinations include Barcelona, Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Lisbon, Santorini, Venice, Valletta, Athens, Rome and the French Riviera. Typically, the best time of the year to embark on a cruise in the Mediterranean is between June and August as the weather is the hottest. If you’re looking for a winter cruise in Europe, why not consider destinations such as the Canary Island, Malta, Crete and Cyprus for some winter sun.
Discover rich history and culture on a Baltic cruise holiday taking you to charming cities such as Saint Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Tallin. With many Baltic cruises departing from the UK, you can rest onboard your cruise ship, grab a cocktail or two at the bar and enjoy a relaxing journey towards some of Europe’s overlooked destinations. Discover Scandinavian beauty as you hop from one city to another – see the main attraction of St Petersburg – Savior on the Spilled Blood church as seen in glossy magazines and on Instagram. If you’re considering a Baltic cruise from mid-May to mid-July, you can take advantage of the longer days in St. Petersburg that enjoys almost 24 hours of sunshine! Eat and drink until your heart’s content in Copenhagen, which is spilled with restaurants and bars to satisfy your cravings – while in Stockholm, explore its stunning islands with breathtaking beauty for a unique adventure.
If the world’s natural wonders gets your heart racing, a cruise though the Norwegian Fjords needs to be on your bucket list. Make sure to keep your camera charged as you sail alongside sheer cliffs and cascading waterfalls and unveil majestic glaciers with gigantic mountains in the background. Nowhere in the world quite beats crossing the Norwegian Fjords off the bucket list, especially as there are so many wonderful cities in picturesque towns along the way to discover. Art and history buffs will love exploring Bergen, which can be easily discovered on foot – while Oslo is a bustling port city with parks and museums that allow you to discover the Viking history. Adventurers will want to visit the city’s breathtaking ‘Holmenkollbakken’ ski jumping hill that boasts panoramic views of the fjord, while the peaceful village of Flam is a beautiful hotspot to connect with nature and is the gateway to the breathtaking fjords, with majestic cascading waterfalls and adventure activities such as hiking and kayaking tours. The best time to embark on a Norwegian Fjord cruise is from May to September and if you want to enjoy long summer days and warm weather, June to August is the best time of year to cruise the Norwegian Fjords.
An Alaska cruise holiday offers you front row seats to wildlife experiences unlike any other destinations. Spend your time onboard gazing out into the ocean to spot gigantic whales that appear as they migrate through the waters. Boasting of incredible bucket list moments from hiking the Rocky Mountains to seeing the spectacular Northern Lights – an Alaskan Cruise will truly delight your senses. It’s recommended to take an ‘Inside Passage Alaska Cruise’ as you will be able to explore the deeper waters that stop off at some of the most beautiful destinations, including Ketchikan, which is the salmon capital of the world! Make sure to include sailing through Glacier Bay on your cruise itinerary, this magnificent Bay is home to towering glacial cliffs that will make you feel as small as an ant – and if you’re lucky you might spot the glorious humpback whales blowing spray! Denali National Park and Preserve is a wildlife encounter’s playground, with 6 million acres of wilderness to hike and explore, you can spot wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves and moose. Adventure seekers shouldn’t miss the chance to whizz down on the world’s longest zip wire in Anchorage – or see the world’s largest collection of traditional Native American totem poles in Ketchikan. Depending on what experiences you want to do and animal encounters you want to see will depend on the time of year you visit. Whale watching is ideal in the summer months, whilst the Northern Lights can be seen in the winter months.
A cruise to the Galapagos Islands is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience where you can get up close and personal to some of the most diverse animals in the world. See giant tortoises; blue footed boobies, swimming iguanas and fur seals that reside on the rocky beaches, which are now classed as endangered animals. The Galapagos is rich in history and features some of the world’s oldest species and is the place that Charles Darwin worked on his studies and theories of evolution in his renowned book ‘The Origin of Species’, which is heavily linked to the Galapagos. Walk in the same footprints as Darwin as you uncover the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands on a cruise designed for the destination – with the choice of the Silver Galapagos and Celebrity Xpedition ships. Be guided by experts that know the history and wildlife inside and out, with a variety of ‘must-do’ experiences including hiking as well as onboard lectures to fill you with knowledge. Santa Cruz is the largest town on the Galapagos Islands where you can hike Tortuga Bay, relax on a sandy beach and explore lava tunnels. Those that love to spot wildlife with love everything about visiting South Plaza Island – underwater you can expect to see sharks, sea turtles and spot rays, while on land you can hike to discover the recognizable blue footed boobies. Galapagos cruises are sailed all year round, however high season is between June and September and December to January, while less crowds can be found between December and May.