Five cruise destinations to visit this year

Whatever you look for in a cruise, whether it's beautiful beaches, luscious green landscapes, city tours packed with culture, or a stop at one of the world's foodie capitals, there's a liner setting sail to suit. 

For beautiful beaches...
Bahamas

An archipelago of around 700 islands, though only approximately 30 islands are inhabited, the Bahamas is home to some of the most turquoise, picture-perfect beaches in the world. Located mainly in the Atlantic Ocean (though some islands are located in the Caribbean Sea), cruises set sail to the Bahamas mainly from Miami or ports on the Gulf Coast and drop anchor at locations including Nassau, Grand Bahamas and Lucaya. Alight at these stops and you can bathe in baby blue waters, wander pastel-coloured wooden boutiques, and spot tropical fish whilst snorkelling around secluded coves. 

For delectable food...
Italy

If you've never visited Italy, then it's a place not be missed, and if you're already been, there's always an excuse to return – whether that be for a dose of glorious sunshine or to discover a new, unexplored spot. The boot-shaped country is glittered with stunning historical landmarks, marvellous religious monuments as well as charming coastline, but Italy's delicious cuisine is equally worth talking about. Sail around the country's west coast islands and you’ll be able to sample the traditional maialetto (roasted pig) of Sardinia, the cannoli (sweet pastries) of Sicily, and soak up the limoncello of lovely Capri too.

For wonderful architecture...
Copenhagen

A city filled with friendly residents, pretty streets and perfectly designed buildings, the Danish capital is a wonderful place to pull into for a day or so. Copenhagen's green parks and canal-side walks are ideal for wondering tourists, whilst the city's castles and historical architecture, which dates back to the 17th and 18th century, are a feast for anyone's eyes. Calm, peaceful and predominantly pedestrianised, Copenhagen is perfect for cycling around too. Very handy for burning a few excess calories from the buffet, believe us...

For eye-opening culture...
Vietnam and Cambodia

For a trip to take you out of your comfort zone, book a cruise on South East Asia's Mekong River. One of the least developed waterways in the region, the Mekong begins in China and runs all the way to Vietnam, winding through Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia on its path too. River liners exploring this luscious area include stops in Vietnam's beautiful and bustling city of Hanoi, its historical capital Ho Chi Minh City, the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, as well as Siem Reap, which is home to the truly stunning Angkor Wat temple. 

For breathtaking scenery...
River Nile

Set sail on a cruise along the world's longest river and you're guaranteed a trip filled with incredible landscapes and steeped in fascinating history. Offering no access to heavyweight liners, it's only riverboats and traditional feluccas that shuffle up and down this ancient waterway. Different companies offer different itineraries, of course, but highlights to look for on a route should include the tombs at the Valley of the Kings; Karnak Temple, the world's largest place of worship; and Luxor Temple, which features chapels built by Tutankhamun.

For more information on cruises and itineraries in 2017, visit Cruise Critic: http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/