The Best Cruises for Culture Revealed

People go on cruises for a variety of reasons. Some just want to float around in the ocean, undisturbed by the rest of the world, sipping on cocktails and enjoying the disconnection with the stressful ways of modern life. Others find that it’s a great way of racking up culture points while travelling. If you’re less concerned with the on-board entertainment and more concerned about where you’ll get to disembark to have a look around on land, the following P & O cruises may interest you.

Bangkok to Mumbai on the Adonia

This cruise is simply fantastic in terms of how much culture you’ll be able to experience during its 15-night journey. Setting off from Bangkok, Thailand, you’ll enjoy a walking tour or Laem Chabang, whilst being treated to the multitude of cultural stops around.

You’ll dock in Singapore next, where you can undertake a tour which will give you a solid experience of all of the city-nation’s parks, museums and dazzling arcades. Following that, you’ll have the opportunity of experiencing the beautiful beaches of Langkawi, Malaysia.

The next stop of interest will be Cochin, India, where you can enjoy the Indo-European architecture that remains from the Dutch, Portuguese and British colonial influence. To cap your trip off, you’ll be treated to one of the most cultural areas of India – Mumbai.

Sydney to Singapore on the Aurora

This epic cruise will pack you in with so much culture that you’ll probably not feel the need to travel for a few good years after! Departing from Sydney, you’ll be treated to some of the famous local attractions, such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

You’ll continue on to Brisbane, where you will have the opportunity to check out the surrounding attractions, including the majesty of Mount Coot-tha.

The next stop will be Osaka, Japan. After admiring the unique, post-war architecture, you will visit Nagasaki, where you can admire the beautiful Spectacle Bridge.

Moving onto China next, you will visit Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, followed by Vietnam. The trip will end after you float by Thailand and then finally to Singapore.

Barbados to Tortola

Beginning your journey in the most British of the Caribbean islands, you will be able to explore Barbados with its beaches and beautiful architecture. You will then get chance to explore St. Vincent, with its 4,000-foot high volcano and the Kingstown botanical gardens.

The other islands you’ll visit along this journey include Dominica, St. Lucia, the Leeward Islands, St. Kitts and finally Tortola, before returning to Barbados.  

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