From the wonders of Asia and the unique wildlife of Nova Scocia, to treasure islands in the Caribbean and the cultural waterways of Russia, more and more people are looking for incredible destinations to uncover on their next break. And the thing is, one of the best ways to visit these magical places is on a cruise…
Cruising is not all about cocktails, learning to dance and topping up your tan on a sun-lounger round the pool, as lovely as that is of course. Instead there is a great emphasis on destination discovery, visiting parts of the world only accessible by ship, and expeditions to far-flung and fascinating lands. Cruising also means you have the privilege of seeing more than one main stop on your travels, opening up a vast array of places to enjoy, explore and experience.
The London CRUISE Show, taking place at Olympia London on 22-23 March, will be packed with information and inspiration allowing you to uncover a whole world afloat. To whet your appetite, here is just a little glimpse of the incredible voyages that will be available at the show and the amazing places they will take you:
There are few better ways to glide across the crystal clear Caribbean seas towards the treasure islands sitting on the crystal clear Caribbean seas than on an Star Clippers tall ship. With the fluttering white sails and the imposing structure of the tall ship, you could be mistaken for being on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean. Cruise on a round trip from the smallest island in the world shared by two countries, St. Maarten. Other points of call on this voyage include St Kitts, St Barts, St Maarten, Tortola, Anguilla and Jost van Dyke. Enjoy the warm breeze whilst having a drink at the famous Foxy's Tamarind Bar in Great harbour.
Take in the stunning panoramic view of Moscow with its Soviet architecture and colourful buildings before your voyage through the heart of Russia begins. Cruise northwards to the captivating Golden Ring cities of Uglich and Yaroslavl, and continue along the Volga-Baltic canals and across Europe’s two largest lakes, Onega and Ladoga. Stop off in Russia's second largest city and the cultural hub that is St. Petersburg for world renowned art. In between the sight seeing, enjoy being onboard the recently refurbished AmaKatarina. Now 70% of AmaKatarina's state rooms feature balconies, it is the perfect way to view the sites of the Russia waterways.
Starting in the unmistakable port of Civitavecchia in Rome, this Mediterranean cruise with Silversea sets sail from Italy before voyaging towards Barcelona, Spain. Stopping in Florence, Monaco, Marseille, Porto Mahon and Palam De Mallorca, enjoy the beautiful picturesque scenery and warm Mediterranean waters between destinations. Be as active or as relaxed as you please, with culturally enlightening on-shore trips available including the architectural wonder Catedral de Majorca which took over 400 years to build and the wonderful shopping of Marseille.
See Asia - Northbound
A medley of sights, tastes and colours awaits you on this 14 night cruise, taking in some of the most spectacular stops across Asia. Set off from the immaculately groomed city of Singapore, where a collage of eastern cultures combine on a westernised island. After a relaxing day at sea to enjoying the luxuries of Celebrity Millennium, sail into the bustle of Thailand's capital Bangkok. Located on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam is a dynamic metropolis that also features the ageless beauty of an ancient culture, a must see before heading to the former capital Chan May. The cruise concludes in the iconic Hong Kong, China, where you will be introduced to a neon-lit mixture of old and new.
Jet lag free African Adventure
Fancy an African adventure without having to fly? This 83-day round-trip sailing from Southampton circumnavigates the African continent with a route along the Suez Canal and through the Indian Ocean to South Africa before sailing north along Africa’s western coast with stops including Angola, Ghana and Senegal. As well as African wildlife, tribal culture and the contrasting delights of the amazing African continent you will encounter, the voyage from Southampton allows for visits to Dubai, Seychelles, Cape Verde and Portugal to name just a few. Aboard MS Rotterdam you can enjoy some of the largest cabins afloat to keep you comfortable and at home during this grand journey.
Sable Island - Nova Scocia
If you have an interest in wild life, the remote sand island off the coast of Nova Scotia is the perfect cruise destination. With wild horses, whales, sharks, the world's largest colony of Grey seals and some of the most unique species of birds, it is an island of natural beauty. Only approximately five people live on the island year round, with the 42km of beach landscape dominated by the free roaming horses. Setting sail from St John's, Newfoundland, days at sea are an opportunity to listen to the expert staff lecture on the history and ecology of Sable Island. Other docking points include St. Pierre, the last of the French colonial territories in North America.
Panama Canal on its 100th birthday year
As the Panama Canal celebrates its 100th birthday this year, it could be the perfect time to experience it for yourself. The canal is rather special with over 13,000 ships passing through with ease every year. Having taken $382 million and over 400 years to complete, experiencing the Panama Canal is a voyage like no other. Norwegian Cruise Line is offering transits along the 50-mile passage in 2014 with stops in Costa Rica, Miami, Los Angeles and Mexico also forming part of the journey.
Around the world trip in luxury
Why settle for one destination when you can see the whole world from the luxury of a cruise ship? Cruising offers the most adventurous of travellers the option to get from destination to destination effortlessly by sea whilst enjoying the fine cuisine, atmosphere and entertainment of a moving 5 star hotel. In 2014, Cunard's iconic Queen Elizabeth will set sail for 118 nights, visiting 40 ports in 23 countries on this full circumnavigation. Few destinations on your bucket list will be left unchecked with stops including New York, Aruba, Abu Dhabi, Tokyo, Sydney and Honalulu. This is the first time Queen Elizabeth has voyaged to Japan, so you can be part of history whilst on the trip of a lifetime.
Papeete to Papeete
The beautiful French Polynesia capital of Papeete in Tahiti sits glittering in the South Pacific Ocean - the perfect place to embark on the luxurious Seven Seas Marina Ship. From the largest of the 118 French Polynesia islands, you set sail to explore many more including Bora Bora, Nuku Hiva, Fakarava and Rangiroa. Although paradise on earth, the islands offer much more than just a beach holiday, with on-shore historical tours, some of the worlds best snorkelling, off-road safari and dolphin watching all at your fingertips. The hospitable locals will welcome you with open arms to their beautiful islands, whilst Regent's premium onboard service makes for a once in a lifetime trip.
Land of Ice and fire
Circumnavigate Iceland - the land of ice and fire. Reykjavik is the worlds northernmost capital and the starting point for this voyage. Unlike most capital cities in the world, you can take in both the natural beauty of glaciers, waterfalls and mountains along with the shops and charming restaurants before an early evening departure to see what else Iceland has on offer. Spectacular views and one of a kind excursions await you on the clockwise journey around this unique country, stopping at settlements, towns and island along the way.
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About Olympia London
Olympia London is more than an exhibition venue, conference centre and live-event space. It’s an inspiration. Against a backdrop of grand Victorian architecture, the seven connected spaces inspire engagement and enjoyment.
The recent £30 million redevelopment of Olympia West and Central has provided the venue with new-found flexibility for events of every size, bringing modern facilities and British heritage together.
Olympia London presently operates alongside Earls Court, with shared staff and values. Together our businesses are recognised in the industry for exceptional levels of customer service and support, and our numerous awards are testament to our clients' satisfaction.