Situated on the Baltic Sea, St Petersburg is an impressive Russian port city. Its ornate architecture, grand museums and UNESCO World Heritage status make St Petersburg Russia’s cultural capital.

While holidaymakers might not immediately feel drawn to the city, due to political controversies, St Petersburg has so much to offer the discerning traveller. Forming part of a Baltic cruise holiday, your stopover in this lavishly-built city should be treasured, as it provides a unique opportunity to experience an entirely new culture, and see some of the world’s finest buildings.

When it comes to short breaks in Europe, Amsterdam often steals the limelight. But 45 miles southwest, the creative city of Rotterdam is well worth your time. As much of the city was sadly destroyed during the Second World War, Rotterdam has used innovative architecture to breathe new life into the area. While some magnificent original buildings remain, the city has found unique ways to introduce some of the world’s most cutting-edge design into Rotterdam. The result is a spectacular blend of old and new. 

Travelling can be stressful, but with sufficient planning, it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are booking activities to do on your European cruise, applying for an EHIC card at or looking up restaurants for the best meal whilst abroad, it is easier than ever to have your ideal holiday without the initial stress of planning. Here we are going to look at some key points you need to know before you embark on your voyage around Europe!

Las Palmas is the place where the city meets the sea. With a Spanish feel and powerful mix of cultures thanks to its busy port, Las Palmas is one of the most exciting destinations on any Canaries cruise.

From eccentric churches to singing trees, the Baltic cities are home to many hidden gems. On your Baltic cruise, you’ll get the chance to visit beautiful cities such as Copenhagen, Helsinki and St Petersburg, and while there are plenty of world-renowned attractions to explore, it’s worth taking time to seek out some of the lesser-known places. In this guide, we’ll talk you through the hidden gems of the Baltics, so you can see a different side to these popular cities.

Orange-Pride comes alive every year in the capital of the Netherlands to celebrate the reigning Monarch for King’s or Queen’s Day. First celebrated over 133 years ago in 1885 in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, the reigning Monarch’s have moved the official date over the years to reflect the new Monarch’s inauguration or birthday. For those on a short breaks cruise to the Dutch capital, if you arrive on King’s Day you will see the city in all it’s glory as party fever takes over and celebrations begin.

Sibuya crossing

When thinking of cruising, most people imagine exotic ports, coastal cities and sun-glazed islands. Once you dock, you’d be able to hop off of the ship for the day, and then head back on to the open ocean until the next stop.

These days though, it can be less about the port, and more about the locations you can access via the port. There are many destinations you didn’t know you could cruise to available on our world cruise itineraries, and in this article we are going to reveal some of these lesser-known cruising gems.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 list features Antwerp as one of its top 10 city destinations. Visit Antwerp's Alderman, Koen Kennis, said “This award really is great recognition for Antwerp. We very much appreciate the extra boost this will have for inspiring visits to our city." Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s Editorial Director, added: “While visitors to Antwerp will find all the classic Belgian experiences of cobbled lanes, gorgeous architecture, chocolate and beer, the city also boasts a thriving creative scene and cool cafes, restaurants and bars. With a packed schedule of events planned for 2018, there’s never been a better time to visit this cosmopolitan city.”

Highlighting exclusively intimate luxury and boutique ships,’s publication Stowaway has featured one of our fabulous exotic holidays aboard Marco Polo. The no-fly Caribbean round-trip on board the magnificent 800-passenger ship is the focus of one of Stowaway’s magazine features. Stopping in Antigua & Barbados, Saint Marteen, St. Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenada before setting sail across the Atlantic to visit Madeira and Lisbon, this epic cruise covers some of the most desirable locations in the world over 34 days. To find out what Stowaway had to say about the new itinerary, read the article here. If you’re tempted by the West Indies & Azores cruise, view the full itinerary and get in touch for more information.

Denmark’s vibrant capital city is famous for its picturesque waterfront, colourful housing facades and cutting-edge design. The historic architecture blends with the modern Scandinavian style to create a fusion city, one that fits both in the future, and the past. Copenhagen is one of the most dynamic stops on any Baltic cruise. In this article, we’ll provide a handy guide on how to make the most of your stopover in the capital, including a broad range of attractions and sights for every type of traveller.
When you arrive at Copenhagen you’ll be overwhelmed by the beauty of the city, and how happy the people are! The city welcomes you into its arms with brightly painted buildings and winding cobbled streets.

Split between two picturesque harbours, the sprawling city of Auckland can be found in the north of New Zealand. Famous for its maritime past, delicious seafood and its many volcanic cones, the city should definitely be high up on your list of top travel destinations. Although New Zealand is perhaps most famous for its beautiful countryside featured in Lord of the Rings, and it’s more well-known cities of Wellington and Christchurch, Auckland is the hidden gem of your world cruise holiday. In this guide we look at what’s on offer in the city for every type of traveller.

With over 3,000 years of history, Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, is the perfect mix of ancient Chinese culture and modern architecture. With six UNESCO World Heritage sites within its reaches, it may seem a little overwhelming when trying to plan your world cruise stopover, however, this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip which you should take full advantage of if you’re lucky enough to stop in Beijing.

The spectacle of the Aurora Borealis, better known as the northern lights, is nature’s original light show in the Northern Hemisphere. The natural phenomenon brightens dark winter nights and draws thousands of spectators into the Arctic Circle every winter. Onlookers can appreciate anything from an ethereal green glow on the horizon to animated cherry streaks across the sky. It’s a superb spectacle you won’t forget. For many people adding this to their bucket list is a must. It is one of nature’s most spectacular phenomenon that always causes excitement and wonder among those who have never seen it before. Anyone hoping to catch a glimpse needs to head to hotspots to increase their chances of viewing it. Since there are a lot of countries in which to see the northern lights, let us answer that all-important question; Where are the best countries to see the northern lights?

Blue Lagoon

When it comes to treating yourself to a little TLC every now and then, nothing can be better than heading to a spa. For many, the thought of a trained spa therapist easing aches and pains is a most welcome one. In the UK spas and health farms are booming and the UK spa market is now worth over £1.5 billion. If you think of spas, traditionally you would think of white fluffy robes, slippers and relaxation music however in central and Eastern European spas and health centres are a more social environment where people come together to enjoy some health benefits but mainly to meet up with friends and family.


Gōng xǐ fā cái, Happy New Year! 2018 welcomes the Year of the Dog, the eleventh animal of the zodiac, which symbolises loyalty and honesty. Those who are born in the year of the dog are considered to be friendly, loyal and smart and have a strong sense of responsibility. The Chinese New Year celebrations run from 8th February to 2nd March with three sections; Little Year, Spring Festival and Lantern Festival, and with our 2018 and 2019 world cruises visiting Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong here are top highlights of the Chinese New Year.

When we think of wine, the regions of Bordeaux, Tuscany and Napa Valley come to mind. However, the Canary Islands are often overlooked. This sunny archipelago was once renowned for its exquisite wine, and still produces some of Europe’s finest bottles today. If you’re setting off on a Canary Islands cruise, it would be a crime not to sample some of Lanzarote’s delicious white wine.


When we think of Valentine’s Day, cupids, cards and flowers spring rapidly to mind, and as of last year the UK spent over £1.3 billion to celebrate the day of love, it’s clear that we are a loved-up nation. Far from the origins of the festival - which has its roots in Pagan fertility and then through the martyrdom of two Valentine’s (or, in Latin Valentinus) who both met their end in Ancient Rome on 14th February - we nowadays adopt the ideal of love and romance which was first penned by Chaucer in the ‘Parlement of Foules’. So if you’re looking for some inspiration, why not take a look at some of our world cruise destinations to see how love is celebrated around the world.



We boarded Magellan having not cruised before

With minor concerns about what was in store

But the ship was a smasher – it sure looked the part

And so did the crew in their uniforms smart.

Over 2,000 years ago a list known as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World was used throughout the Mediterranean as a tourist guidebook of the top places to visit, highlighting:

  1. The Colossus of Rhodes
  2. Great Pyramid of Giza
  3. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  4. Lighthouse of Alexandria
  5. Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
  6. Statue of Zeus, Olympia
  7. Temple of Artemis, Ephesus

The list has been accredited to many different Greek and Byzantium writers and it was first called a ‘themata’ the Greek for ‘things to be seen’ or ‘must sees’. Many credit Philo of Byzantium with a work called ‘On the Seven Wonders’ supposedly written in 225BC. From this list, the only surviving wonder is the Great Pyramid of Giza which still stands in the Giza pyramid complex in Egypt having been built between 2580-2560BC making it over 4,500 years old and it takes a place on the 7 Wonders of the Modern World list as an honorary wonder. 

Singapore Skyline

One of the most exciting parts of a world cruise is exploring new cultures. The island city-state of Singapore is an amalgamation of Asian cultures, forming the tip of southern Malaysia. Here, historic enclaves co-exist with innovative architecture to create a fascinating destination.

To find out more about the city, we spoke to Singaporean travel blogger Jaclynn Seah, who runs The Occasional Traveller. Jaclynn describes herself as “your average person with a job and only limited time to travel”, and started her blog while working in advertising. Having realised she was so busy that she’d forgotten to get away that year, Jaclynn decided to create a blog to inspire workaholics to take time out to explore the world.