A glass of gin and tonic

Over the last decade, gin has become a household-favourite, tipple of choice. Its surge in popularity is complimented by the plethora of flavoured tonics that can now be enjoyed alongside the drink, making this a refreshing choice year-round.

Whether you’ve grabbed a last-minute cruise deal and are looking to explore nearby destinations or are taking to the seas to travel further afield, a cruise provides the perfect opportunity to relax. For many, this will involve heading down to one of the many bars onboard to mingle with other cruisers or, for those visiting a city such as Dublin, making the most of what the local gin scene has to offer.

A girl overlooking the sea

Nothing beats an extravagant holiday. The ultimate indulgence, they can provide you with unrivalled scenery, a wonderful sense of tranquillity and a longing to return to the same place over and over again. Although exploring the cobbled streets of a historical town or having a fun-filled family getaway at a resort can create memories to last a lifetime, an around the world cruise affords you the ability to do it all.

Helsinki Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland

Nestled on the border between Sweden, Norway and Russia, the picturesque country of Finland is a great destination to visit on a Baltic cruise. Boasting untouched landscapes, a mild climate and captivating cities, the country has it all.

Art galleries in Rotterdam

Contemporary and colourful with captivating communities that you’re sure to fall in love with, Rotterdam is the perfect destination for those looking to soak up some culture. A haven for those who are enamoured with art, the city has so much to offer on a Baltic cruise from Rotterdam, from independent galleries showcasing lesser-known artists to acclaimed curations boasting work from some of the most prolific artists in the Netherlands.

Sainsbury’s Bank Guide to Solo Travel

No matter how well-travelled you are, planning your first solo trip can be an intimidating process, but, it can also be one of the most fulfilling life experiences you encounter. With this in mind, Sainsbury’s Bank has created an expert guide covering everything you need to know about travelling alone, from packing essentials to managing your money.

A castle

Towering feats of exquisite architecture, replete of history and intrigue, the British Isles is home to a variety of brilliant castles waiting to be explored. Whether you choose to wander amongst the carefully-sculptured Tudor gardens on a last minute cruise, lurk about in the dungeons deep below or admire the grandeur and luxury of the plush furnishings inside, you’ll undoubtedly finish your day with a wealth of knowledge and a thirst to discover more about the fascinating past of the British Isles.

Mumbai Skyline

India’s largest city, Mumbai, is also its most vibrant and interesting. Colourful cultures, bustling businesses and plenty for you to see and do, it’s the perfect place to visit on a world cruise. Formally known as Bombay, the city is both chaotic and cosmopolitan and unlike anywhere you’ve ever visited. If you’re looking to get an authentic look at Indian life, Mumbai is most definitely the place for you.

View of Sydney Harbour

There’s nothing better than exploring a new city and feeling as though you have had an authentic experience. Unfortunately, falling into tourist traps can sometimes mean that you miss out on some of the best excursions, activities and locations that are on offer, and can also leave you spending many hours queuing, cutting the hours in the day that you have left to explore short.

Antwerp Street

With magnificent architecture, cobbled streets and creative culture, Antwerp is a city that offers lots to see and do without costing you a penny. The second largest city in Belgium attracts thousands of tourists each year because of its unique beauty, making it the perfect destination to explore whilst on a short cruise.

A tapas spread

Sun, sea and spectacular scenery, Tenerife is an incredible holiday destination. There’s nothing better than strolling along the sun-kissed seafront after a long day on the beach, with the promise of food on the horizon. What’s more is that the island of Tenerife is home to a plethora of incredible eateries, from luxurious fine-dining to local tavernas, where the best accompaniment is a cold, refreshing beverage. However, if you’re looking for something smaller, tapas is always going to be your best option.

A street in Dublin

One of 28 UNESCO Cities of Literature worldwide, Dublin is a desirable location for those wanting to discover more about their literary heroes. Whether it’s wandering around the streets of the city, visiting favourite locations of Nobel prize winners Shaw, Yeats, Beckett and Heaney, or slipping into the expanses of one of Dublin’s university libraries, it is a fantastic place to visit on a mini cruise break.

Water bungalows in Bora Bora

The turquoise waters of the South Pacific Ocean are home to French Polynesia, a collection of 118 islands divided into five archipelagos. The region is well-known for its glistening azure lagoons, tropical landscapes and vistas unlike any other, making this a dreamy destination to visit. With each archipelago offering something different, there are a plethora of things to see and do whilst on holiday here, from scuba diving with turtles and whales to off-roading in a 4X4, ensuring you have an incredible time.

The-Norwegian fjords during the evening

The beautiful country of Norway has been captivating the hearts of travellers for many years. Its picturesque towns and quaint villages are perfect for exploring and emerging yourself in its culture. According to the World Happiness Report, it is the happiest country in the world, and on a Norwegian fjords cruise, you’ll be able to see just what makes it such a fantastic place to be.

Dublin is famed for its music, art and literature and in 2010 the city was even designated as the UNESCO City of Literature, but despite Ireland’s capital being such a popular holiday destination, there are lots of hidden gems you can explore. 

From little-known museums and restaurants to unique attractions and extraordinary places, Dublin certainly has lots of secret places to explore.

So if you’re heading on mini cruises to Dublin and want to visit some of the city’s hidden gems, then check out the best places you can visit during your trip.

Norway is well known for its beautiful fjords, incredible landscapes and rich culture. When it comes to cuisine, people may know a lot less about the country than they first thought. With its traditional, warming dishes, Norwegian cuisine is really a display of the fresh ingredients and rich heritage the country has. From Fårikål, the national dish, to svele, in this article we look at the foods you need to try on a Norwegian Fjords cruise.

The Baltic region offers everything from vibrant neighbourhoods to beautifully preserved historic sites and a trip here really proves that fairytales do come true.

The region consists of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, but if you’re heading on a luxury Baltic cruise with us you’ll be visiting countries such as Sweden, Finland and Denmark, which surround the Baltic Sea.

If you’ve never visited the Baltics before you need to read on to find out the top tips for visiting the region.

When holidaying to a far off and exotic place one of the greatest excitements is the new cuisine you’ll try on your journey. When you are going on one of our Canary cruises that excitement is well placed and the amazing blend of Spanish influence and north African heat allow for some tantalising local delicacies. The conditions on the islands make for a fantastic growing environment, meaning the produce is incredible. Also, the small sub-cultures on the individual islands mean you’ll find many twists on the dishes as you travel around.

In this article, we will look at some of the dishes you simply must try when visiting the Canaries.

The Danish capital is often described as one of the most ‘liveable’ cities in the world and it is also one of the most visited. Its cobbled streets, 1,000 years of royal history and modern Nordic food movement make it a hugely popular destination for holidaymakers.

When people think of Panama, often their minds go to the canal and then struggles to go further. This unimposing Central American country is the link between North and South America and is bordered by Colombia on the south and Costa Rica on the north. This location gives it a diverse and thriving culture and is only one of the reasons why a stop at its capital, Panama City, is something you should look forward to on your world cruise.

Cruising has always been a great way to visit multiple cities and countries in one holiday, there is no better way to see the highlights of the Baltic States than on one of our Baltic cruises. A highlight for most is a stop in enchanting Tallinn where medieval and modern are fused with an energetic spirit. Estonia’s capital is a fascinating mix of Scandinavian sleek, Soviet-era concrete and medieval Hanseatic city.