Thought cruising was just for the Mediterranean or the Caribbean? Think again. The cruise lines are now taking passengers off the beaten paths to places of history, culture and diversity, and many are now giving back through green initiatives and charitable donations. Here's the best places for cruising across the globe.

Best places for cruising

Alaska cruising (photo @Kevin Tostado)

Alaska

With its snow-capped mountains and icy glaciers, Alaska is an awe-inspiring natural wonder and the place to spot bears and whales all from the comfort of your own cabin. Cruises start from 7 nights.

starFly to America to start your cruise from a choice of ports.

Best places for Cruising

Cruise the Caribbean (photo @ Roger W)

Caribbean

Relax in the sun on board a Caribbean cruise and sail through turquoise seas to deserted white sand beaches. A Caribbean cruise allows you to explore several islands on just one trip. Cruises start from a week and with so many ports to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice.

starMost cruises depart from Florida.

Best places for cruising

Aurlandsfjord (photo @ Markus Trienke)

Norwegian Fjords

The Norwegian coastline has thousands of enticing islands, many rated as World Heritage Sites. Cruises start from a week and allow you to explore the wonderland of the Norwegian Fjords through an ever-changing backdrop of glaciers and unspoilt wilderness.

starDepart from Southampton in the UK.

Best places for cruising

Cruising on the Rhine (photo @ Robert Miner)

The Rhine

Cruise along the picturesque Rhine with more than 40 castles and fortresses. Pass the lush landscape of the Black Forest region in Germany, and visit wine-making villages as you sail along the most romantic Rhine. Cruises start from two days and are perfect for a long weekend.

starTravel during October to March for the Northern Lights.

Egypt 2010 002

Egypt

Enjoy the magic of the River Nile as you cruise past ancient Egyptian temples and tombs. Visit the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and the gates of the Aswan Dam whilst tracing the course of Egypt’s history along the way.

starFly into Egypt and combine with a week in the Red Sea.

Where is your favourite place for cruising? 

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