Northern lights, Norway

Northern lights, Norway

  1. We talk to Steph Curtin, Cruise Development Manager of about the best places to visit on a cruise! 

Sailing past The Statue of Liberty, New York 
Whale sightings alongside cruise ship 
The Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis, Norway 
A celebrity sighting onboard or whilst exploring new place
Sailing in/out of Sydney harbour, Australia 
Sunset or Sunrise overlooking the ocean on a clear day
Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik, Iceland 
Full transit of Panama Canal 
Thunder and lightning whilst at sea 
Scuba diving during excursion 

Please can you tell us why each of the cruise sightings warrant being in the top ten.


Each of the sightings deserves to be in the top 10 because they further highlight why cruising is such a great holiday. The sights we included in the top 10 are a real mixture of once-in-a-lifetime sights and popular famous landmarks, and although many of them can be seen on or during a land-based holiday, the experience and memory of it is that much better because you're also on a cruise ship having one of the best types of holiday you can have!


Why do people often think that cruises don’t offer a diverse range of sights?


I think there is still a huge misconception about cruising that you are stuck on the ship all the time so people think that you can't see anything interesting. In reality, you see a new port almost every day so there are endless places to visit and sites to see, as we found out from our recent survey.

 Do you think that these places will continue to be in the top ten or do you think that people will always find somewhere else to replace them?


Some of the places that were mentioned, such as the Northern Lights, are timeless and I think people will always want to see them because they are so unusual. Some of the other sights, like the Statue of Liberty and Sydney harbour are probably quite replaceable because you could always take a land-based holiday to see those sights, but it still won't be the same as sailing past them on a cruise ship so it's a different experience.


Why do you think the Statue of Liberty has so much appeal to tourists?


The Statue of Liberty is one of the world's most famous landmarks and I think that people want to be able to say to their friends and family that they've not only seen it, but that they've sailed past it too. Cruising and New York have a lot of history and seeing the Statue of Liberty in the same way that thousands of immigrants did as they arrived from Europe to start new lives in the USA is certainly an unforgettable experience.


Why are thunder a lightning storms and sunset or sunrises better on a boat that simply looking out to sea?



When you're on a cruise ship, there are always certain vantage points that give you fantastic views, whether it's from an area on the top deck or one of the lounges that has panoramic windows. Having an unobstructed view of sunrise and sunset, or indeed a lightning storm, is simply breath-taking and there is certainly a sort of romance that goes with seeing stunning views that you can't necessarily appreciate as much from land.


Have you done any of the things on the list, if so what was your favourite?



I have seen sunrise and sunset at sea which was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen, and I've also sailed past the Statue of Liberty which was an amazing experience. If I could see anything on my next cruise it would definitely be the Northern Lights, I just think it's such an amazing sight.


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