Alternative Cruise Destinations: Sail To New Horizons

Posted August 9th, 2015

If you've always liked the idea of a holiday on the open seas, but the Mediterranean and the Bahamas don't strike your fancy, there are several more original cruise destinations to consider. From icy-cold landscapes to the world's southern-most city, let us broaden your cruising horizons.


The Alaskan landscape is laid out before a group of cruisers. Picture: Getty Images

With its wide-open spaces and untouched landscapes, Alaska – the land of the midnight sun – is an ideal cruise destination for nature lovers. In May, the French luxury cruise operator Ponant started offering its first Alaskan tours, including themed cruises titled In the Wake of Pioneers.


Located at the southern tip of South America, on both sides of the border between Argentina and Chile, the Patagonia region is known for its striking and unusual natural scenery. The Los Glaciares national park is home to the Perito Moreno, one of the largest glaciers in the area. A package from Voile Australe takes tourists past these stunning ice mountains and to the legendary Cape Horn, among other attractions.

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The port of Ushuaia, the southernmost city on the planet. Picture: Getty Images

For a guaranteed change of scenery, vacationers can head to the southernmost city on the planet, Ushuaia. While the destination is not a new one for cruise operators, it tends to feature in increasingly exclusive packages. Costa Cruises sails to the Argentine city as part of its 108-day world tour, among other enticing destinations in Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, India and the Middle East.

Abu Dhabi

Since Abu Dhabi's first officially recognised cruise season in 2006/2007, the number of passengers arriving in the UAE capital has increased fivefold. This year, a total of 95 cruise ships with around 200,000 passengers are expected to call at the port.

To keep up with growing demand, the city is building a new cruise terminal able to handle up to three ships at once. Due to open in 2016, the new 8,000-square-metre complex will include shops, restaurants and other facilities aimed at improving the stopover experience. MSC Cruises is among the operators sailing to the destination.

ABC Islands

Say hello to a flamingo on the island of Aruba. Picture: Getty Images

The islands of the Caribbean have long been popular among cruise goers. For a change from the mainstream, why not head to the less crowded islands of the Lesser Antilles. On Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao – known as the ABC islands – pristine beaches and world-renowned coral reefs await travellers. Princess Cruises is among the operators sailing to these destinations.

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