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The Best Cruise Destinations for History Buffs

Posted February 8th, 2016

Do you get giddy at the thought of ancient ruins and vibrant museums? Or maybe you’re a trivia-whiz who knows the answer to almost everything?

Now we might be a bit biased, but at Cruiseabout, we think that cruising is the best way to experience a destination and be immersed in the culture. So if you’re a history-lover who’s planning an amazing trip focused on learning and discovery, then keep reading to see just three of the Cruiseabout team’s favourite destinations that are sure to make you go weak at the knees!


As the cradle of Western civilisation, Greece and its islands are filled with incredible sites rich with history. One of the most iconic is undoubtedly the Acropolis of Athens, where the famous Parthenon temple is located alongside several other ancient buildings. This site is known for combining science, art and philosophy into a design that has become a symbol for democracy and modern culture.

There are then thousands of island in the archipelago and each one has its distinct characteristics and culture. However, it’s worth thinking about heading to the island of Delos if you have a spare day. The entire island is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site thanks to copious amounts of architectural ruins that date back to the Hellenistic age of Classical Greece.

You can visit Greece and the Mediterranean on a cruise with Royal Caribbean International, Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises and many other lines.

Dreaming of Norway? Spotlight on the Norwegian Fjords

This is hard to beat: A Taste Of The Mediterranean With MSC

Northern Europe

A cruise around Northern Europe lets you see everything from the conquests of the Vikings to the spectacular architecture of Imperial Russia. This part of the world has played a major role in numerous world events and hosts a wide range of relics from times gone past. The fairy tale heritage of Copenhagen, fjords of Norway and gothic churches of Germany are just some of the amazing sites you can enjoy on a voyage around the Baltics and Scandinavia.

Holland America Line, HurtigrutenPrincess Cruises and Cunard are just some of the cruise lines that offer itineraries around Northern Europe.


Like most of Southeast Asia today, Vietnam is defined by a marriage of the old and the new, the tradition and the contemporary, the massive structures and ancient temples. It’s a culture that has been influenced by various other nationalities, making it fascinating place to visit and experience. Ho Chi Minh City, the capital formerly known as Saigon, in particular has a number of museums and sites that honour the war history of Vietnam as well as featuring French Colonial Architecture.

Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International are two cruise lines that feature ocean itineraries stopping in Vietnam, while APT Cruising offers river cruising down the Mekong.

Of course, there are so many more destinations that are embedded in historical significance. London, Paris, Rome and Turkey are just some of our other favourites… but we could go on forever!

Ready to start organising your history-focused holiday? Contact one of our friendly cruise consultants today on 1300 954 661.

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