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Cruising around seas and rivers – from cargo boats to floating hotels

Date Created: 11 May 2015



The rivers and seas of Europe have always been essential to life and trade. But, until the mid-1800s, European boats and ships were only concerned with moving cargo or hauling in the day’s catch – not with passengers or their comfort.

In 1835, Arthur Anderson, a sailor from the Shetland Isles, wrote about his vision of providing passenger service from Scotland to Iceland in the summer months, and from Scotland to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) in winter. Two years later, he co-founded the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O), which became a major operator of passenger liners.



Our top 5 cruising holiday destinations:  Cruising on the river – cruising on ice – cruising and cooking – cruising through history – cruising and music

- Cruising on the river - River Cruise in South Asia

River Boat tour South Asia

Cruises in Asia are relatively new; however this area is home to some of the most spectacular natural phenomenon across the globe. One of the best ways to explore South Asia is to take a river cruise, and the Mekong River is an ideal waterway for this purpose. As one of the world’s most vast water systems, the Mekong runs through China, Vietnam and Cambodia, which are all renowned for their beautiful natural scenes and interesting cultures. There is a huge range of attractions to visit; holidaymakers can explore historically significant cities like Saigon or simply browse the colourful trinkets in the floating markets along the river.


- Cruising on ice – Antarctica

To arrive at the bottom of the world is like cruising into a fairy tale, a winter wonderland where the sun never goes down. Icebergs drift past and curious penguin chicks waddle past for a look while humpback whales surface just metres away. You’ll want to invest in a good camera and plenty of memory cards for this, the most amazing cruise you’ll ever go on!


- Cruising and cooking - Silversea cruise with a cookery school on board

If you’re the type who needs a “purpose” when travelling there is a Silversea cruise that has a rather fine cooking school on board. It’s operated by the grandly-titled L’Ecole des Chefs by Relais & Chateaux and includes demonstrations by top chefs, visits to markets to find ingredients to cook your own (supervised) efforts, gourmet lunches and competitions.

That’s plenty to cram into a seven-night holiday that has its starter in Lisbon, calls at Portugal’s Portimão for the soup course, enters Spain for its main course of Cadiz, Málaga, Cartagena and Valencia, then settles down for dessert and coffee with an overnight stay in Barcelona. As for the ship, Silver Cloud is a stylish 296-passenger all-suite vessel that operates on an all-inclusive basis.


- Cruising through history – Cruising the Nile

Nile Cruise

Ancient pyramids, colorful bazaars and temples that were already ancient by the time Cleopatra took charge only begin to describe the highlights of a Nile River cruise through Egypt. Itineraries generally include tours of landmark sights in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, as well as visits to more secluded temples such as Abu Simbel. With so many things to see, a Nile River cruise includes plenty of tours, but there's also time to relax and watch the world float by.


- Cruising back in time through music – an 80s cruise holiday

Sail the Caribbean with your favorite bands? It can happen, you know. With intimate performances and chances to meet artists face-to-face, a concert-centered cruise is the vacation of a lifetime! The '80s Cruise (from Feb. 28 to March 6, 2016) featuring many of the stars from the early days of MTV, The '80s Cruise is practically "music television" at sea. In fact, original veejays Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood are on board as hosts. Each night is a theme night ('80s Prom Night, Movie Costume Night) and cabin TVs will only feature '80s movies and TV shows.


Written by Vittoria Soddu.