Cruises are one of the most relaxing ways to travel. Almost all of the logistics are taken care of for you. All you need to do is just sit back and enjoy the views. But if you’re someone who’s really looking to maximize the comfort of your trip, you’re probably wondering what the most relaxing destinations are. Here are our top three picks.
Wait, what? We didn’t start this list with an obvious choice like the Bahamas? Yes, and there’s a good reason for that. While the well-trafficked areas in the Caribbean certainly have a lot to offer, their popularity is also their downfall. It’s hard to truly get into a Zen mindset when there are a thousand people around you. Indonesia offers a much quieter travel experience while still letting you access beautiful beaches and other great sights. Indonesia is also typically travelled to by an older and calmer demographic in general. If you’re the type of person who prefers to stay on the deck rather than going out on shore excursions, Indonesia is a great choice. Many of the best sights can be enjoyed from the comfort of your ship as you make your way to the spa.
The Douro River
Great beaches, wonderful cuisine, and an historic culture. That’s what Portugal is all about! While a regular cruise vacation along the coast of Portugal is definitely relaxing, an itinerary on the Douro River is even better. The ship will have a small capacity and the crowds will be much smaller. You’ll be given a chance to explore Portugal at a much slower pace. The Douro River also goes through Spain, so you get the chance to have a relaxing vacation through both of these countries by opting for this river cruise.
Iceland offers a different kind of relaxation than you’ll find on the sunny beaches that you’re used to. It’s a place where all of the elements of the Earth seem to converge: ice caps the mountains, fire flows from volcanoes, and water pours off of every cliff. The best part about an Icelandic cruise is, though, just how quiet the country is. The only sizable city is Reykjavik, so you can enjoy a peaceful, rural experience almost anywhere else in the country. If you don’t mind the cold, the northern section of Iceland is about as relaxing as it gets, really. Oh, and the hot springs. We can’t forget about the hot springs.
Some people go on cruises for the sense of adventure; others do it to just get away from all the stresses of life. If you’re in that second group, these three destinations will be perfect for you!