Make 2020 a year to remember by setting sail on an extraordinary cruise. Whether you’re longing to see Norway’s awe-inspiring collection of fjords or fancy discovering the gently faded grandeur, vibrant culture and fantastic beaches of Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, these 2020 cruises are designed to inspire and delight. To help you choose, we’ve rounded up the most unmissable cruise destinations for 2020 and, until 31st October, they’re all part of our incredible Buy One Get One Free Cruises offer.
Located just under 1000 miles off the coast of Portugal, the Azores sit part way across the Atlantic and fly largely under the radar of many holidaymakers. Their loss is everyone else’s gain as these spectacular volcanic islands are a wonderland of natural beauty and wildlife. Come for the superb whale watching and magnificent lakes that fill ancient volcano craters and stay for the fantastic water sports, hiking and excellent seafood.
Unmissable highlights include Horta, the main city on Faial island. Eye-catching thanks to its colourful seafront, Horta was once a prominent whaling station and its history and good looks make it a lovely place to spend the day. Those feeling adventurous can challenge themselves to climb nearby Cabeço Gordo, which at 1,043m above sea level, offers incredible views of Faial and the surrounding islands.
Sao Miguel, the largest of the Azores, is well worth a visit too. Nicknamed ‘Ilha Verde,’ meaning Green Island, the lush landscape is a nature lover’s dream. Step back in time in Ponta Delgada, which has served as a stopping off point for explorers crossing the Atlantic for hundreds of years.
The Norwegian Fjords
Norway is home to over 1,000 fjords and these naturally formed, jaw-dropping landscapes are arguably the country’s most famous symbol. Carved from glaciers over several million years and characterised by deep blue waters that flow between towering, craggy cliffs, several of the fjords are UNESCO listed sites. Unsurprisingly, the best way to experience the Norwegian fjords is via a cruise which will allow you to be right in the midst of this uniquely beautiful scenery. The ideal itinerary should include a chance to appreciate the unique beauty of Hardangerfjord, which flows from the Atlantic to the middle of Norway and is the second longest fjord in the country. Sometimes referred to as ‘the orchard of Norway’ on account of the many fruit trees that populate its hillsides, It’s particular stunning during springtime when its apple trees are in full bloom.
In addition to that, visitors might also want to make a stop at the small but incredibly idyllic town of Eidfjord as it’s the perfect place to stretch your legs and pay a visit to the dramatic Voringfossen waterfalls. From there it’s easy to make your way to the longest fjord, Sognefjord, which spans over 200 kilometres and has depths of up to 1300 metres.
A city of absorbing history, colourful culture, Carribean beaches and a generous helping of romance, Cartagena is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Combine its old cobbled streets and brightly hued mansions, the leftovers from its Spanish colonial past, with late night salsa dancing, live music and superb food scene and you have yourself the makings of an unforgettable trip. Visit the walled city, which houses Cartegena’s charming old town within its ramparts, and stroll along the battlements of the imposing Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Alternatively, escape to your own island paradise courtesy of a 45 minute boat trip from Cartagena to the ridiculously idyllic beaches of Isla de Barú.
With its balmy climate, lush greenery and dramatic landscape of volcanic craters and soaring mountains, Madeira has so much going for it that it’s a wonder it isn’t overrun by tourists.
This delightful island is, technically, part of Portugal but it’s position in part way out in the Atlantic makes it closer in distance to the Moroccan coastline. The island is a paradise for adventure lovers, whether your idea of adventure is an adrenaline fuelled paragliding session or a gentle hike along one of Madeira’s many footpaths. Don’t miss Funchal, the capital, which is renowned for its exquisite Botanical Gardens and, of course, its Madeira wine cellars.