A newcomer to the river cruise scene, India is a feast for all the senses. The colors, sights and scenery have to be seen to be believed. The Brahmaputra, the fastest flowing river in the world, weaves its way through the Himalayas before meeting the Ganges in Bangladesh. India really has it all.
With 6,850 islands, it’s surprising Japan has only just made it onto the cruising map. If you’re looking for somewhere off the beaten track, Japan is for you; the sheer number of possible destinations means you’re sure to stumble upon a hidden gem.
3. The Arctic
Although not for everyone, the sea route between Greenland and Canada has been a cult destination among cruise-goers for some time. The spectacular scenery as you follow in the footsteps of some of the most famous explorers in history means it’s likely to remain a firm favorite for many years to come.
If you fancy something a little warmer, a cruise Down Under might be the one for you. Australia has been a cruise destination for many years, but increased interest in the area means new destinations are popping up all the time, and there are now itineraries available to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast and even New Zealand. Definitely one to watch.
5. Inland France
France itself is a mecca for tourists from all over the world, but its inland waterways have been peculiarly overlooked by most visitors. A river cruise along some of France’s rivers and waterways enables you to see the real France, untouched by the tourist crowds. Cruise operators are taking advantage of this fact and new itineraries are being added regularly.
There is a cruise to suit everybody and we hope some of our suggestions have inspired you get sailing on the trip of a lifetime.