Voyagers of the past traversed seas for months at a time, stopping by different coasts – from the pristine sand and lush greenery of Cuba to the rugged yet picturesque cliffs of the Mediterranean. Fast forward to the 21st century, many travellers have aimed to replicate this experience – with a trend of setting onboard luxury cruise liners that adjourn to different shores, providing them with excellent treatment and unique experiences.
Unlike dragging yourself to get on a plane and mentally preparing to brave the screaming children and snoring neighbours before jetting off to your next destination, the journey really is the best part of taking a cruise. You get to leisurely stroll along the ship deck while looking out to sea, watching the sun rise from the horizon, instead of anxiously waiting for the aircraft to touch down on the runway of LAX. You can heave a sigh of relief while you remember air plane food, as you enjoy a steak from some of the world’s best Michelin-starred chefs on the ship itself. It’s like staying in a 6-star hotel – except you sleep and wake up in a completely different place. You also get to spoil yourself to ever-changing views from your own private terrace.
Embarking on a cruise may just be the best way to experience a few different exotic locales in a single trip. Who ever knew you could reach Athens just by leaving the shores of Singapore – albeit, taking a few days. But like they say, the journey is the reward.
(Main image credit: Seabourn Encore)