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From sailing under sunny Caribbean skies to the mountainous beauty of Vancouver, find your next hotel with this guide to the top 10 cruise destinations in the world.

Caribbean cruising in Curacao

The former Dutch colony island of Curacao, set in the crystal-clear southern Caribbean Sea, is famous for its pristine diving, luxury hotels and sheltered beaches. Take photos of the waterfront’s pastel-coloured houses and explore the historic capital Willemstad before cruising to the nearby islands of Aruba and Bonaire.

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Vancouver to Alaska

The former Dutch colony island of Curacao, set in the crystal-clear southern Caribbean Sea, is famous for its pristine diving, luxury hotels and sheltered beaches. Take photos of the waterfront’s pastel-coloured houses and explore the historic capital Willemstad before cruising to the nearby islands of Aruba and Bonaire.

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Antarctic adventures from Ushuaia

Nestled in the Andes mountains of Argentina’s Patagonia region is the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, departure city for the remote wilds of Antarctica. Visit the Glacier Martial and enjoy steak dinners before sailing along the Beagle Channel through the choppier Drake Passage en route to Antarctica.

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Cape Town delights

Warm, balmy weather and gourmet cuisine make Cape Town one of the top 10 cruise destinations in the world. Take the Table Mountain Cable Railway for panoramic Cape Town views; visit Robben Island, Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell, and wine and dine in the V&A Waterfront complex before cruising eastwards along the Garden Route to Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth and up to Durban.

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Baltic countries cruising

Visit the medieval capitals of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on a Baltic states cruise. In Tallinn, the Estonian capital, explore 800 years of history in the fairy-tale streets of the Old Town. Don’t miss the majestic Kadriorg Palace and Estonian buildings in the Estonian Open-Air Museum.

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Greek island-hopping from Athens

Greece’s capital city is an ideal starting point for cruises to the Greek islands and Turkey. Stand in awe of the Acropolis and Parthenon; dine alfresco on meze platters in Plaka, Athens’ oldest neighbourhood, and brush up on history at the new Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum.

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Mediterranean cruising from Barcelona

From Barcelona, cruises depart for the glamorous Italian Riviera, southern Spain’s Costa del Sol and the souks of Tunisia. In Barcelona, visit La Sagrada Familia, one of Gaudí’s many flamboyant structures; sip sangria in Gothic Quarter bars and sun yourself on Barcelona’s beaches. Don’t miss the Picasso Museum and the cable car to Montjuïc.

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East coast Canada from Boston

Boston is the departure point for cruise liners sailing to Canada’s Atlantic province of Nova Scotia, famed for its maritime culture and rugged coast. In Boston, treat your taste buds to the restaurants in fashionable Back Bay and Italian-influenced North End; walk the Freedom Trail and cross the Charles River to stroll around Harvard University. 

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Smooth sailing in Singapore

Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila and Kuala Lumpur are some of South-East Asia’s stops for cruises from Singapore. In Singapore, feast on spicy curries in Little India and sample fresh fish at the East Coast Seafood Centre. A myriad of shops line bustling Orchard Road, while Singapore Art Museum and Singapore Zoo are great days out. 

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Sydney cruises

Circumnavigate Australia with a stop in Sydney before cruising towards tropical Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef en route to Darwin and west coast Perth. See the Harbour Bridge and gleaming Sydney Opera House; find traditional pubs in The Rocks neighbourhood and relax on Manly and Bondi beaches. 

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