The best cruises to take in 2024
Are you thinking about your holidays next year and wondering what adventures might lie ahead? If you're hoping to tick off bucket-list destinations in a convenient and comfortable way, a cruise might be the perfect way to do it.
A cruise can take many forms. For some, it's a chance to get away from the stresses of everyday life and relax as you make the most of the facilities on board your home at sea. Many cruise ships now include excellent spa facilities, and pools or hot tubs on the decks so you can kick back and watch the world go by.
For others, a cruise might be a chance to get a little more adventurous. Some cruises on smaller ships allow you to tuck into coves and dock at locations that are hard to reach by other means, allowing you a really immerse experience in the country you're visiting. River cruises can be a great way to get to know a country, stopping off at various cities, towns and villages as you go.
Our cruises cover all of these - from cultural odysseys along the world's best rivers, to expedition cruises to remote islands, and relaxing trips to beautiful sunkissed shores. Take a look at our selection of top cruises for next year to help you decide.
The perfect cruise for garden lovers! Join award-winning gardener and presenter Adam Frost, who'll give an exclusive talk and a Q&A, and will join you on a trip to Keukenhof Gardens in Holland, where you'll see the seven million flowers in full spring bloom while sailing on MS Emily Brontë, an elegant river ship.
Explore the Venetian lagoon and meet top chef Angela Hartnett on this unique cruise. You'll see the highlights and hidden gems of the region with exclusive access to some of Venice's top attractions including St Mark's Basilica for an atmospheric lighting ceremony. Angela will join you on a trip to the Rialto market, while on board, she'll also hold a Q&A session and a cooking demonstration.
Set sail on a special cruise through one of France's prettiest regions to see landscapes and cultural treasures along the banks of the Dordogne, Garonne and Gironde. You'll be joined by chef Monica Galetti, who'll visit the farmer's market in Libourne with you before hosting a live cooking demonstration, Q&A and book signing.
Join a wonderful cultural voyage along the Mekong, one of Asia's most important rivers. Before boarding the Mekong Jewel you'll have two days in Ho Chi Minh City, where you can witness ancient history melding with modernity in Vietnam's largest city and there'll be 13 immersive excursions included in your itinerary as you sail, including the archaeological site of Angkor.
Another cruise in Asia which will leave you with memories for a lifetime, this adventure around Japan will show you the tranquil temples and picturesque old towns alongside the bright lights and technical innovation of ultra-modern cities of this beautiful country. You'll be travelling at the height of cherry blossom season, when trees around Japan are covered in spectacular pink blossoms.
Discover the natural wonders of Central America on this thrilling voyage on board a magnificent masted clipper. You'll sail down the west coast of Central America on a week-long exploration and get to know Costa Rica and Panama plus two paradisiacal islands - Coiba Island and Parida Island.
This cruise really is the adventure of a lifetime, taking you to corners of the planet that few have had the chance to explore. Jaw-dropping scenery and wonderful wildlife await as you sail to the icy wilderness of Antarctica and enjoy landings with an expert expedition team, who'll tailor your excursions based upon the conditions.
Discover the delights of the Douro River on this eight-day all-inclusive river cruise on board an elegant ship. This gorgeous, sun-kissed region of Portugal is the world's oldest demarcated wine region and you'll explore the rolling hills and terraced vineyards from your ship and visit peaceful villages to get a taste of local life.
For a cruise closer to home but magical nonetheless, join this adventure cruise through Scotland's majestic scenery. Your trip will take you to some of the most stunning locations in the Highlands and Islands, including a trip along the impressive Caledonian Canal, as well as visits to hidden sea lochs and captivating isles of Scotland's western shore.
Another voyage around the stunning Islands of Scotland is this cruise which will take you through the wild beauty of Scotland's west coast on an adventure cruise to 12 of Scotland's islands, from Isle of Arran in the south all the way north to St Kilda - home to one of Europe's most important seabird colonies - and Stornoway, where Harris Tweed originates.
Join weather presenter and proud Scotswoman Carol Kirkwood as you sail through the Caledonian Canal to Scotland's western shores and beautiful islands. Small yacht-like ship Lord of the Glens will be your home-from-home, as you cruise hidden sea lochs, view rugged landscapes and maybe even catch a glimpse of local wildlife. Carol will join you for an evening, delighting the group with stories of her Scottish childhood and anecdotes from her career, followed by a chance to ask her questions.
Foodies will relish the opportunity to meet one of the nation's favourite chefs, James Martin on this eight-day luxury cruise of the Venetian Lagoon. Not only will you enjoy exclusive access to some of Venice's most-loved sights including the Doge's Palace and St Mark's Basilica, but back on board, James will host a private Q&A session about his life and career and give a talk as well as curating and cooking a special gala dinner. With excursions, cultural enrichment and on board entertainment included, this is a sailing not to be missed.
Embark the elegant Ambassador ship Ambition for a 12-day cruise to the Orkney Islands, Faroe Islands and Iceland. With time spent at sea, you'll be able to fully appreciate all of the facilities on board, including a series of inspiring craft workshops, hosted by Julie Peasgood, from TV's Crafty Beggars. March is a great time to seek out the elusive phenomenon that is the Northern Lights, and you could well see the swathes of pink and green fill the air during your overnight stay in Reykjavik.
Embark on an epic 15-day land tour and cruise of India's Golden Triangle and the River Ganges. See the Taj Mahal, New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur before you board the luxurious Ganges Voyager II for a seven-night cruise. Explore the rich cultural and historic treasures of India in the company of Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, who will join you on a visit to Kalna Market, and share his passion for Indian cooking with you during a live cooking demonstration.
Board A-ROSA FLORA for a beautiful Danube river cruise this September, and explore majestic former imperial capitals, the dramatic Wachau Valley and enjoy an exclusive visit of the Royal Lipizzaner Stables in Vienna with historian Lucy Worsley. Your seven-night cruise will take in ports of call in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia, passing by iconic cities and verdant landscapes. Lucy will also join you on a city tour of Vienna, hosting an exclusive talk and Q&A session afterwards.