Where To Go On A Cruise In 2016
It's a new year and the world is gearing up for some of the best cruising it's had in a long time. With numerous anniversaries being celebrated around the world, 2016 is a great time to get out on to the ocean.
Here are five of the best cruises/destinations to make your holiday for this year, including the Somme anniversary, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, and Shakespeare's anniversary in Denmark.
1. Barbados For Independence
Holidaymakers normally visit Barbados for its beaches and swanky hotels, but this November you can take part in the festivities marking 50 years of independence. The island was ruled by Britain for more than 300 years and retains a quirky British charm, but the annual Independence Day celebrations, culminating in a national holiday on November 30, are a Bajan affair, featuring sporting events, fairs, festivals and parades. A competition to choose a 50th-anniversary song is under way.
P&O Cruises’ two-week Eastern Caribbean voyage, a round trip from St Lucia departing November 12, is ideal for passengers who want to join in the celebrations. The ship, Britannia, spends two full days in Barbados mid-cruise.
Windstar Cruises and Seadream Yacht Club offer more luxurious voyages from Barbados this November, which can each be combined with a few days in a hotel. Hotel options include Port Ferdinand or Sandals Barbados.
2. Denmark For Shakespeare Anniversary
This August Denmark celebrates 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare with three weeks of theatre, cinema and concerts at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore (Helsingor in Danish), believed to be the setting for Hamlet.
Sailing a 14-night Baltic Highlights round trip from Southampton, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth will be moored in Copenhagen, about 40 minutes from Elsinore, on August 6; an excursion is expected to visit the castle and the Maritime Museum nearby.
Viking Cruises visits Kronborg on its Viking Homelands cruise from Stockholm to Bergen. Families visiting Copenhagen on Celebrity Cruises’ 14-night Scandinavia and Russia round trip from Southampton in June can join a four-hour treasure hunt around Kronborg and Elsinore, during which they will learn about the castle, its history and the wars fought there through various team challenges.
While you're in the cold seas: Spotlight On The Norwegian Fjords
Another sojourn in France: My French Learning Curve With Swan Hellenic
3. France For The Somme Anniversary
Two years after the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the world will commemorate 100 years since the start of the Somme offensive in France on July 1, 1916. It was one of the bloodiest battles in history, with more than one million men killed or wounded.
Avalon Waterways is marking the centenary with a nine-day First World War-themed cruise from Amsterdam to Namur in Belgium. War historian Nigel Jones, author of Peace and War: Britain in 1914, will be a guest lecturer, and an excursion from Ghent to the battlefields and war graves in Eastern Flanders is included.
4. Hawaii To Remember Pearl Harbor
From the First to the Second World War, and the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941. More than 2,300 sailors, marines and civilians were killed in the bombing, which damaged or destroyed around 30 ships, including the battleship USS Arizona. She was sunk with the loss of 1,177 crew, including 21 members of the ship’s band.
The anniversary of Pearl Harbor is observed each year. In 2016 it will be commemorated by a performance of mass bands featuring student musicians from the US and Japan.
Norwegian Cruise Line has a seven-night voyage around the Hawaiian islands, a round trip from Honolulu, about 20 kilometres from Pearl Harbor. Arrive a couple of days early to see the Waikiki Holiday Parade, an annual event held the Friday after Thanksgiving in memory of those who died at Pearl Harbor, or stay on for the December anniversary.
Hotel groups including Hyatt, Hilton and Sheraton offer accommodation in Honolulu, and Four Seasons is opening a resort at nearby Ko Olina in June 2016.
5. The USA For Space Travel
At the Space Centre Houston, a Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft and replica shuttle join the exhibits from January. Visitors can climb aboard both the replica and the aircraft, which carried space shuttles 223 times, and learn about their impact on space exploration.
A few days in Houston are easily added to the start or end of a Western Caribbean cruise from Galveston with companies including Disney Cruise Line and Carnival Cruise Line. Royal Caribbean International has seven-night cruises departing September 11. For those who can get away soon, Princess Cruises has voyages from Houston departing March 6.
Western film buffs should consider adding a few days in Fort Worth, 4.5 hours’ drive from Houston, which has a major exhibition based on the television mini-series Lonesome Dove. Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry, it drew audiences of 26 million when broadcast in 1989.
A reunion in March, with cast members including Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, is sold out, but between January 15 and June 19 there are exhibitions showing costumes, props and photographs. The highlight is on March 28 and 29: an outdoor screening of the mini-series in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth.
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This article was written by Jane Archer from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.