After the horrendous weather we’ve had at the beginning of March, I’m starting to wish I had a holiday booked. It’s the first time I’ve had to deal with snow in five years and I didn’t enjoy it at all. It looked pretty for a day or so, but it was a complete pain. I’m not in a position to book anything yet, as I still have to finish my degree and get my dissertation out of the way but that isn’t stopping me from making plans. 

I’m not one to go for beach holidays; I like to be able to explore new cities and take in the history and culture. I’ve never been on a holiday where I’ve just relaxed on the beach or by the pool all day. My favourite holidays that I’ve been on have been city breaks in Berlin, Amsterdam and Cologne. I have got a little European trip planned where I’ll visit four cities in four different countries, I’m just not sure when I’m going to take the trip. I enjoy planning trips like this and working out the cheapest/easiest way to get to places whether it be by train, coach or plane but I also really like the idea of having it all organised for you on a cruise.

My parents went on a cruise a few years ago for their 25th wedding anniversary and before then, I had never considered this type of holiday. I always assumed they were for the older generation but this really isn’t the case! The great thing about cruises, is that you get to visit several different destinations and it’s all arranged for you. There’s also days at sea, where you can relax as much as you want with on board entertainment, pools and restaurants. My parents particularly enjoyed spending time and relaxing on their balcony. You don’t get a lot of time in each place that you visit, so it’s best that you plan what you’re going to do. A lot of the time, there will be excursions available for you to go on. It seems that a cruise offers the best of both worlds.

If you’re looking to visit a few different destinations in one trip, then you can definitely do so with Azamara cruises – they have so many different options. I’m particularly interested in the Baltic Highlight cruise which starts in Stockholm, Sweden and calls at:

  • Helsinki, Finland
  • St Petersburg, Russia
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Bruges, Belgium

All of these destinations are places I would love to visit. Apart from Amsterdam, I haven’t been to any of the other cities before. I’ve read so many great things about Copenhagen (via Rachel’s blog) and Bruges (via Kariss’ Instagram) which means that they’re now on my list. I’ve always wanted to go to Scandinavia, so being able to visit a few places all on one cruise is ideal.

Have you considered a cruise before? What’s your favourite type of holiday?

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