The rich colours of Colonial Cuba which is now a top cruise destination.
The rich colours of Colonial Cuba which is now a top cruise destination.

IT is that time of year when frequent travellers start thinking about where to go in 2016.

australiancruisingnews.com always keeps an eye on new itineraries of the international cruise lines as they seem to discover the world’s hotspots well in advance.

In 2016 serial cruisers cannot go past Iceland, Norway and the Baltic coastline, as well as Japan, China, and Cuba, while Europe will remain an out-and-out favourite with Croatia the latest hotspot there.

It is hard to find a cruise line that does not have a ship in Icelandic waters from May to September when the land of fire and ice – as it is often known – is a much-lauded landscape. No wonder cruise ships, particularly small expedition ships, engage an expert photographer to tell passengers on how to get top shots.

Increasingly, ports in Japan and China are also in demand by cruisers on the lookout for exotic scenery and a culture that is quite different from their own.

Cuba, now with closer ties to the United States of America, is also much sought-after. This month MSC Cruises became the first global cruise line to homeport a ship in Cuba’s capital, Havana, where MSC Opera is based for Caribbean cruises. This decision has been so successful that the cruise line will have a second ship, MSC Armonia arriving in November.

MSC Cruises CEO, Gianni Onorato, says “With nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a long-held tradition of hospitality, Cuba has all the makings of a top world cruise destination,” msccruises.com.au

♦♦♦♦ australiancruisingnews.com is taking a festive break and will be back on deck on January 20, 2016.



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