Will you take the trip of a lifetime and cruise to Arctic Greenland in 2022?
Will you take the trip of a lifetime and cruise to Arctic Greenland in 2022?

7 of the best bucket list cruise journeys to take in 2022

Who’s ready to be back at sea?!
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The past year hasn’t been a fantastic time for cruises – we won’t dredge up the details for you! But absence makes the heart grow fonder. While 2020 and 2021 have kept most of us grounded, and far from the sea, it’s granted us time to dream about our next holiday and reflect on what we want out of our next adventure.

Cruises are one of our most popular holiday offerings – and we know why. Life on the seven seas can be a seamless way to travel, with a reputable cruiseliner taking out the logistical stresses of planning a trip: rushing through airports, making connecting flights, scouring through accommodation reviews, and finding places to dine. 

A high-quality cruise gives you the chance to visit multiple destinations in one go. So you won’t need to wait to visit all the places you’ve been dreaming about. Imagine an evening drifting through the fjords and then waking up to the colourful water city of Haugesund? Or finishing off a nature-based Azores cruise in bustling Lisbon?

Here are the seven cruise journeys we’re thrilled about in 2022:

Arctic Voyage to Greenland & Iceland Cruise 

The incredible arctic city of Ilulissat, Greenland at sunrise.
The incredible arctic city of Ilulissat, Greenland at sunrise.

Sure, Richard Branson went to space, but so can you. The dramatic Icelandic landscapes have long been considered other-worldly, with sci-fi films like Prometheus, Lost in Space, and Interstellar filming in the Nordic country.

With the new British cruiseliner Ambassador, you can take an exhilarating Arctic voyage to Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital city. Continue onto Greenland’s Ilulissat, where you will witness majestic whales swimming between the icebergs. You’ll even see Scotland’s stunningly remote Orkney Isles on the scenic journey home.

Vistas & Volcanoes of Azores & Madeira 

The Seven Cities Lake (Lagoa das Sete Cidades) as seen from Vista do Rei point in São Miguel Island, Portugal.
The Seven Cities Lake (Lagoa das Sete Cidades) as seen from Vista do Rei point in São Miguel Island, Portugal.

A cruise is the best way to reach the isolated emerald isles and azure waters of the Portuguese Azores archipelago. São Miguel Island, the biggest island in the archipelago, is a highlight with the Sete Cidades Volcano, vivid crater lakes, Furnas Valley hot springs, and Terra Nosta Park’s geothermal pools.

On your way home, you’ll stop off at Madeira (always a holiday-maker’s favourite!) and experience the walking trails, a flower safari, and of course, those sweet Madeiran wines. 

Black Sea Discovery & Mediterranean Adventure 

The sprawling Topkapi Palace located on the historical peninsula in Istanbul, Turkey.
The sprawling Topkapi Palace located on the historical peninsula in Istanbul, Turkey.

Got a month to spare? Ready for your best four-week holiday yet? With this generous amount of time, you’re sure to experience the world that you’ve been missing. See the glittering Topkapi Palace and eat the enticingly sweet baklava of Istanbul, sail into the awe-inspiring Grand Harbour of Valletta, the 16th century walled capital of Malta, and cruise through Romania’s Danube Delta, an absolute haven for bird-lovers.

If (somehow) the cities don’t keep you busy, on-board the stylish Fred. Olsen vessel you’ll have a programme bursting with evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music.

White Christmas in Norway 

Will you be lucky enough to spot the Northern Lights in Alta?
Will you be lucky enough to spot the Northern Lights in Alta?

It’s hard to imagine Christmas while we’re in the midst of summer – but fortune favours those who plan ahead!

Experience a festive season you’ll never forget on an enchanting odyssey through Norway’s winter wonderland. On a cruise through the Arctic wilderness, far from light-polluted skies, you might score a precious glimpse of multi-coloured ribbons of light leaping and twirling through the vast night sky. Yes, we mean the Northern Lights! In Alta, the largest town in Norway’s northernmost county, get to know the local communities and discover miles of untouched icy scenes via a husky-drawn sled.

Morocco & Moorish Seville 

A traditional Moroccan village in the epic Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa.
A traditional Moroccan village in the epic Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa.

Tick one off the bucket list with a stop in Morocco‘s Casablanca. Witness the regal Hassan II Mosque and sample the flavours of a delicious tagine. Sip soothing mint tea and discover how wonder-product Argan oil is made at Agadir’s Souk El Had and take things up a notch with a trek through the stunning foothills of the Atlas Mountains which span 1,553 miles across northwestern Africa.

Baltic States with St Petersburg 

A gloriously golden sunset on the Neva River in Saint Petersburg.
A gloriously golden sunset on the River Neva in St Petersburg.

Get an in-depth look into the unique and diverse culture of the Baltics, with a cruise that gets you to Russia, Estonia, and Lithuania in style. Sail the River Neva and marvel at the archetypal golden domes of St Petersburg. You can even enjoy a spectacular evening at the Russian ballet, with an opportunity to meet the soloist after the show.

Discover Tallinn and its former Soviet prison and UNESCO-listed Old Town, as well as Riga and its Museum of Occupations, which explores Latvia’s Soviet and Nazi occupations between 1940 and 1991.

What’s more, you’ll be journeying on Fred. Olsen vessel Braemar, the shortest of the line’s ships. As such, guests have the unique opportunity to explore size-restricted waterways that are typically off-limits to bigger ships. Plus there are only 930 passengers on board, so you can enjoy a less crowded holiday.

Scenic Isles & Lochs of Scotland 

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, the standing stones of Stenness.
The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, the standing stones of Stenness.

Always wanted to explore the scenic sights close to home but want it to feel like it could be worlds away? A cruise in Scotland has you covered. See the rugged Loch Broom, the rock formations of the Old Man of Hoy and The Needle, and the large colonies of seabirds in the Orkneys and the Shetlands.

Settle into the coastal scenes of Northmavine, the Shetlands’ northernmost point, and delight in the Orkney’s historic highlights including Neolithic Skara Brae and the spiritual stone circles of Stenness.

For more cruises departing in 2022, check out our website. Adventure awaits!

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