9 Hot Cruises You Must Take This Summer
A gulet off the Amalfi Coast. (Courtesy: Peter Sommer Travels)
From small ships plying the waterways of Europe to luxury adventure boats on the Amazon, we’ve got the best cruises to take this summer. And can we talk about the convenience factor of a cruise? Let’s see—no worrying about buying train tickets in another language. No packing, no unpacking. And on many cruises, all your costs are included. Here, nine ways to sail that are trending right now.
What’s Hot: Gulet Cruising
Why: An up-close-and-personal way to see the coasts of Greece, Italy, and Turkey is on a gulet (wooden Turkish ship) with Peter Sommer Travels, carrying two to 20 passengers, plus a captain and chef. Archaeologists and historians are also on board to bring ancient sites to life.
Who: Our two favorite Peter Sommer Travels this summer are “Crusing Western Lycia, Turkey” (July 12-19) and “Cruising the Amalfi Coast, Italy” (Sept. 6-13).
A view of island of Symi off Turkey's Carian Coast, which you’ll see on a gulet cruise with Peter Sommer Travels. (Courtesy: Peter Sommer Travels)
What’s Hot: Norwegian Fjords
Why: Traveling in über-expensive Norway becomes more affordable on a cruise. Glide into stunning fjords swirling with mist, visit coastal towns and earn bragging rights by crossing the Arctic Circle on some sailings.
Who: Royal Caribbean offers offers multiple summer departures from Copenhagen, Oslo, or Great Britain. Keep on dancing at shipboard nightclubs as the Midnight Sun rocks on or sail with the postman: Hurtigruten, a local line has frequent weekly departures that glide into fjords, even dropping mail at tiny coastal towns.
Get off the ship and experience the fjords. (Courtesy: Hurtigruten)