Sail away on pick of cruises to 'unexpected destinations'

Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 4:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 4:30 pm

With much of the world’s coastline and riverways accessible by ship, cruise lines are expanding their reach in search of new hidden treasures and surprising locations.

Whether it’s exploring remote wonders in Greenland and Iceland, enjoying the best Southern Asia has to offer, or roaming the great outdoors in Australia, unexpected cruise destinations are lined up for 2021/2022.

Greenland and the Midnight Sun with Saga Cruises, departs August 10, 2021 (19 nights).

Cruise-goers keen to immerse themselves in extraordinary landscapes can join this no-fly voyage exploring Greenland and Iceland’s stunning terrain.

Departing from Dover, guests have two days of cruising before arriving at Iceland’s colourful capital Reykjavik, from where they may later see the iconic Northern Lights.

The following day, guests awake in Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, known for waterfalls, humpback whales and icebergs.Guests will visit the remote Disko Bay, and stop off at sparsely populated Nanortalik for a day sighting polar bears.

On the return to Dover, there is a day excursion option in the Akureyri, which, at the bottom of the Eyjafjörður Fjord, is home to waterfalls and deep canyons.

While on board Saga’s Spirit of Adventure, guests can relax in suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, or try local delicacies in the restaurants. With Saga travel insurance included, Iglu Cruise offers this cruise from £6,111 per person, including full board, complimentary drinks, chauffeur service, all tips and WiFi. Saga’s Price Promise says if the price is reduced after booking, the saving will be refunded.

India, Golden Triangle and Dubai voyage to Singapore with Azamara Cruises, departs November 7, 2021 (31 nights)

India is a land of rich culture and warm people. The cruise features hotel stays in Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur and Dubai, plus overnight onboard stays in Singapore, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Cochin.

Exclusive tours of New and Old Delhi reveal deep rooted culture and traditions. Guests can go on a jungle safari in Ranthambore, spot tigers and marsh crocodiles, and visit Jaipur’s Amber Fort at sunrise.

A full day in Dubai precedes sailing around India’s coastline, on to Colombo in Sri Lanka and finally Singapore.

Azamara’s Journey has seven restaurants, with entertainment in the cabaret lounge.With flexible booking terms, Planet Cruise offers the trip from £3,879 per person including return flights, overseas transfers, all hotel stays, a shuttle bus service, all gratuities and full board.

Sydney and Tasmania to New Zealand with Holland America Cruises, departs January 15, 2022 (20 nights)

Experience breathtaking landscapes in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.

Following a three-night hotel stay in Sydney and a tour of the waterfront Opera House, set sail for Tasmania. Meet penguins at Burnie’s Observation Centre and horseback ride, bike or bush walk through Hobart’s Mount Wellington.

Then cruise across the Tasman Sea to Fiordland National Park - a natural wonder.

Guests can feast through the culinary capital of Wellington, explore Napier’s 100-plus wineries and see the sights of Auckland.

Onboard Holland America Cruise’s Oosterdam, guests can enjoy fine art and craft cocktails, or relax with music, dance and comedy entertainment on the main stage.

With Iglu Cruise, pay £2,999 per person including return flights, hotels, and overseas transfers.For details, visit www.iglucruise.com, 020 8544 6620 / www.planetcruise.com, 023 9327 7800