With thousands of tropical paradises around the world to choose from and summer coming round fast, it’s time to start thinking about where you’d like to head to for some sunshine. And at this time of year, you can get some great last minute cruise deals, so if you’re having a tough time choosing just one destination, why not think about going on a cruise this year? Here’s a list of some of the top three spots we think will appeal if you’re searching for nirvana.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

These days there are a number of different cruise operators offering trips around Vietnam, with hundreds of activities to keep you busy. You can enjoy traditional Vietnamese cuisine such as Pho Bo; a flavourful dish of Hanoi beef with rice noodles. Or Bun Tom Nuong Xa, which is made with giant grilled shrimp and crisp vegetables – perfect for enjoying on the hot summer nights, surrounded by the scenery of Halong Bay, where the islands rise up out of the sea like mysterious sculptures.


If you’re considering Fiji, have a look at the Tui Tai. You’ll sail in absolute luxury aboard the small but spectacular schooner. Dining on the finest local cuisines you’ll get a real flavour for Fiji with the breathtaking sights and sounds all around you as all meals are cooked and served either on deck or on the beach. All the ingredients are gathered at the port calls and prepared to your tastes.

Each trip the Tui Tai makes is unique – the crew will happily alter the course slightly should they hear of something exciting taking place elsewhere, be that a whale sighting or an awesome opportunity to surf in some high octane waves!

Don’t for get your snorkel!

The Amazon

Containing one fifth of the river water on the entire planet, the Amazon is truly a sight to behold. And what better way to experience it than to sail right down the middle of it, basking in the South American sun? Expert guides will help you get to grips with the fascinating flora and fauna of this spectacular part of the world.

You’ll have the chance to trek through the jungle, fish (watch out for the piranhas) and take in some of the most exciting scenery on Earth. There are several operators that sail the Amazon and passengers can choose where to embark, so it’s up to you which sights you’d like to take in before you set off.