A Disney cruise ship sets sail

For many people, holiday means cruising. The chance to visit multiple destinations while sleeping in the same bed each night is alluring. And now, more than ever, you can customise your cruise experience.

Some ships have all the comforts of home (and more) with shopping, restaurants and more activities than you could possibly do in a week. Other ships offer a smaller, more intimate experience. No matter what cruise experience you’re looking for, here are Cover-More’s picks for the top five cruises this winter:

Paddlewheel on the Loire (France)

The Loire Princess is going into the service this summer. This new paddlewheel ship will allow overnight cruising on the Loire River through the French countryside for the first time. The itinerary includes trips to historic vineyards and medieval castles in the river valley. Upcoming trips start at NZ$2000.

Cross Europe by river (Netherlands to Turkey)

The River Duchess takes 29 days to cross ten countries and visit six capital cities as it travels from Amsterdam to Istanbul. If you have the time (and the money) for a leisurely cruise across Europe, this is a lovely way to travel without having to re-pack your bags. Upcoming trips start at NZ$17,400 and include meals, drinks and 23 days of excursions.

Follow the Northwest Passage (USA and Canada)

Explorers searched for the Northwest Passage for centuries as they sought a trade route. Crystal Cruises is now offering the experience departing from Seward, Alaska, USA for the first time this year. Get to know Alaska and cruise for 32 days through the Northwest Territories in Canada and on to Greenland before docking in New York. Upcoming trips start at NZ$28,000. Check for specials and discounts for early bookings.

Take the kids on an adventure (worldwide)

If you need an affordable family cruise, Disney Cruise Line offers a great experience for the whole family. Disney offers cruise destinations in Europe, Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean. These cruise lines specialise in entertaining kids with fun or educational activities so you can have time to relax. Upcoming trips Alaskan cruise for a family of four start at NZ$7200 and include character experiences and on-board activities for the kids like the teen lounge, teen spa, and youth clubs.

Search for the Northern lights (UK to Iceland)

See the Northern lights on this Fjords & Iceland Cruise from Royal Caribbean. Departing from England and sailing to Norway, Denmark and Iceland, you’ll have the chance to soak in geo-thermic pools, see puffins, and go hiking on a glacier. You’ll return to England to disembark, so you can even spend some extra time in London after your cruise. Upcoming trips start at NZ$2700.

Once you pick the type of cruise experience you’re looking for and decided on your destination, be sure to get a quote to cover your cruise and other travels from Cover-More Travel Insurance. Double-check which activities are automatically covered and which may require an additional premium for maximum cover.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Joe Turco; cropped from original