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.

Tulips in Amsterdam

Across the Netherlands, on Saturday 20 January locals and visitors alike celebrate the arrival of National Tulip Day as the flower season starts for another year. Dam Square, in central Amsterdam, becomes a temporary themed garden with more than 200,000 tulips. The theme for 2018 is ‘Romantic’, and over 10,000 people are expected to visit the square to collect their free tulip to mark the start of spring. Over 1.7 billion Dutch tulips are expected to be taken home across the world in the 2018 tulip season which runs from January to the end of April.

Sydney Harbour

When you think of Sydney you imagine the Opera House, Bondi Beach and the Harbour Bridge, but what if you wanted to do something a little different? Skip the crowds and discover a whole new side to the city as you check out these secret places to discover in Sydney.

Guernsey, Channel Islands

No British Isles Discovery cruise would be complete without a stop on the beautiful Isle of Guernsey, which  Cruise Critic has named  the ‘Best UK & British Isles Port of Call’ for 2017. Cruise Critic’s international team of editors who chose Guernsey explained that they felt “Guernsey encapsulates all the charm of a lost 1950s idea of Britain, with a French twist and a fascinating history”. The team went on to say: “St Peter Port (the capital) with its tiny streets and pretty houses, is charm personified; beautiful, unspoilt beaches lie just minutes away and the Second World War history is fascinating. Guernsey welcomes cruise ship passengers with free street Wi-Fi, an upgraded port area and an army of helpful volunteers during high season.”

Cruising the Fjords

The towering cliffs and deep blue waters of the Norwegian Fjords draw travellers from all over the world. With its fascinating Viking history, remote villages and some of the best views on earth, it’s easy to see why visitors flock to the country. If you’re not quite convinced, we’ve put together a list of 10 reasons to book a Norwegian Fjords cruise.

Tallinn, Estonia

Across this corner of Europe there are a number of established capital cities high on many bucket lists; Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo. Now, the Estonian capital of Tallinn has emerged from its Soviet shadow to become one of Europe’s most desirable travel destinations.

Voted number one in Lonely Planet’s Best Value category for the 2018 Best in Travel list, Tallinn has quickly become a cultural hub. The cost effectiveness of the city is a real lure, particularly considering its proximity to more expensive locations such as Sweden and Norway. Tallinn has managed to maintain its fairy-tale charms, evident in its Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. But that isn’t to say that it has been totally left behind. It is after all the birthplace of Skype and has one of the most thriving food scenes in Europe.

Christmas around the world

While we may think of snow, roast turkeys and squabbling over the best chocolates in the tin as a typical Christmas, there are so many wonderful ways to enjoy the festive season. Across the globe, Christmas is celebrated in unique ways. Some countries and cities embrace tradition, while others have their own contemporary twist. Whether you’re embarking on a cruise to the Canaries to bask in the sunshine, or to shop in Hong Kong’s luxury malls, you can still relish in yuletide joy on your holiday. In this article, we look at how various countries and cities celebrate Christmas around the world.

Sacred sites around the world

From the peaceful forests of Polynesia to the frenetic energy of central Bangkok; sacred and religious sites come in all shapes and sizes around the globe. While many of us are used to the traditional churches and cathedrals of Europe, exploring the world shows us how the rest of the world does worship and celebrates their faith. A world cruise can take you on a grand voyage of discovery, allowing you to get a taste of what the world has to offer, and with hand-picked shore excursions pulled together by industry experts you can find an itinerary which shows you the planet like you’ve never seen it before. 

Here we have pulled together our top selection of sacred and religious sites from around the world to inspire you. 

Magellan Fjords

From Russia to Italy, from the French Riviera to Tunisian waters, European Cruises are a must-have on your bucket list. Europe is such a diverse continent, from the gloomy cities to scorching beaches, there’s certainly no lack of things to do at each port. Vast mainland ports and tiny island stops can all be found on your trip, but one question still remains… Which cruise do you try first? We’ve taken a look at the best cruises you could go on in Europe, so all you have to do is renew your e111 card and get packing!

Northern Lights

We have all seen an image of the Northern Lights, but how many of us know what actually causes this natural phenomena? It is a popular question, and one that not many people have the answer to. Let us talk you through the myths and history of this natural phenomenon, what causes them and the variations in colour and we’re sure that you will be ready to jump on a northern lights cruise in search of them for yourself.