As humans, we tend to prefer that which is familiar to us. We like our routines and traditions. However, when we are pushed into new experiences, the payoff is often far greater. So, it’s no surprise that those who are willing to give up their typical sunny holiday for a northbound cruise never end up regretting it.
Cruises to these ‘cooler’ destinations are more popular than ever – so why not swap that beach towel with a fleece jacket and climb aboard?
Leaving from Seattle, Vancouver BC or Anchorage (all brilliant tourist destinations in their own right), Alaska cruises give you the chance to explore one of the most remote and beautiful parts of North America.
Your tour of the 49th state will take you parallel to the famous Yukon Route taken by men during the late 19th-century Klondike Gold Rush, with the option to get out and explore the historic White Pass Railway. You can also expect to see plenty of wildlife, with humpback whales beaching in the waters below and majestic birds of prey soaring overhead.
Whilst the instinct for Brits and Northern Europeans may be to head south on their holidays, there’s great value in exploring the less beaten paths of Scandinavia. If you’re craving something a bit more memorable than the typical sunny beach holiday, Scandinavian cruises are a brilliant choice.
Departing from Southampton, these northbound cruises will take you through the stunning fjordlands of Norway and to the fascinating capital cities of Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm. As you glide past charming fishing villages, rolling green hills and rugged mountain ranges, keep an eye out and your camera ready for an appearance of the magical Northern Lights.
For those who love to travel, Russia is a major destination to check off their must-see list. However, planning a holiday in Russia can feel overwhelming. When it comes to exploring such a vast, diverse country, where should you even start? Well, with St. Petersburg now on a number of Northern European cruise itineraries, it’s never been easier to plan a visit.
Disembarking in the historic city, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the enormous State Hermitage Museum, the fairytale-like beauty of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood and the stunning Peterhof Palace and Garden.
So, what do you think? Sure, these destinations might not leave you with your typical post-holiday tan, but they will fill you with plenty of new memories to cherish forever.