Daily life on an Amazon cruise is exciting in itself. Paddling kayaks among three metre-wide water lily leaves while spotting sloths in the foliage is considered standard stuff. But for the ultimate rainforest experience, some voyages offer yet more unusual and thrilling activities so you really have something to boast about when you get home. Meet a shaman, fish for piranhas, or even swim with the encantados – the pink river dolphins which legend has it are shape-shifting humans in fishy form.
The website Cruise Cruise has come out with its annual destination awards for 2019. The overall winner? A river port city in Europe.Avignon, in France’s Provence region, was named most popular cruise destination of the year, according to Cruise Critic’s fourth annual Cruisers’ Choice destination awards, which published Wednesday. (Avignon was also named best European river cruise destination.)Bora Bora came in second place; Glacier Bay, Alaska in third place; Vienna, Austria in fourth place; Singapore in fifth place; and Kirkwall, Scotland in sixth place.“For most travelers, the decision of where to cruise is made before they think about all the other pieces of the cruise planning process,” said Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, in a statement.
Read Telegraph Travel’s pick of the best cruises if you want to eat traditional food from some of Northern Europe’s exciting port cities, including Copenhagen, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Oslo and Reykjavík
Cruise along the coastlines of Northern Europe provides plenty of opportunity to sample foods that are as diverse as the beautiful scenery and sights along the way.
From smørrebrød to – for the truly brave – fermented shark, each country has its own distinctly different cuisine.
Here are eight regional specialities to try on ports of calls in capitals – and one former first city – of the north. Continue at Source: Eight cruises that offer a taste of Northern Europe
There’s nothing more exciting than planning a trip for vacation. Do we go somewhere tropical or should we head for the mountains? If someone’s really looking to spice up their vacation and see as much as they can in a short amount of time, they can plan for a cruise.
Cruise ships may be expensive but you can see a few different islands in a short amount of time, along with having a once-in-a-lifetime experience on board. You’re treated like royalty, are served amazing food, and hello! You’re at sea! Being on a cruise is usually an unforgettable experience for thousands of people, however, like any resort, there’s a ton of secrets the crew doesn’t tell passengers about unless they’re asked. Continue at Source: 10 Cruise Secrets Guests Didn’t Know
When you’re booking a cruise, you can save money and beat the crowds by timing your trip strategically.
With that in mind, we asked experts the best times of year to travel to some of the most popular cruise destinations in the world, including Hawaii, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.
Here’s what they said. Continue at Source: The best time of year to take a cruise to 6 of the most popular destinations
Advice abounds on what to pack for a cruise, but few passengers know what should always be left at home. With this invaluable list, preparing for your trip will feel as stress-free as the sail ahead.
An iron: Because fire is the biggest safety risk at-sea, electrical appliances like irons are banned. Ensure wrinkle-free clothing for fancier nights onboard or special outings ashore by packing outfits in garment bags, in dry cleaner plastic bags on hangers, or folded carefully with tissue paper. Continue at Source: 14 Things You Should Never, Ever Pack on a Cruise