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Wake up somewhere new each morning with Confused.com's best cruising locations

If you're a holidaymaker who loves travelling but can never decide where to go, why not consider a cruise? That way, you can wake up somewhere different each morning.

Picture perfect Panama

Set sail along the picturesque Panama Canal, which stretches 51 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and breaks the American continent in two. It's one of the world's greatest engineering feats and is often referred to as the eighth Wonder of the World.

Enjoy the exhilarating sensation as six immense locks work to raise the ship from sea level to 85 feet.

Depart from Florida and embark on an adventure along the famous waterway before heading to a West Coast destination such as Los Angeles.

Along the way, expect to take in the sights and sounds of Caribbean ports, lush rainforests, beautiful Mayan ruins and vibrant Mexican resorts.

All aboard for Alaska

Searching for a cruise with a difference? If you're brave enough to leave the sunshine behind, try an altogether chillier experience by heading north to the far reaches of Alaska.

Cruising is an ideal way to see the true beauty of this destination as many of the towns aren't linked by roads.

Magnificent glaciers and dense forests dot the coastline and there's an array of wildlife for you to enjoy. Keep an eye out for humpback whales, grizzly bears, caribou herds and eagles in some of the most remote spots in the world.

And for an even closer inspection, pre-book land tours through the Denali National Park and Rocky Mountains or get to know the locals of Fairbank and Anchorage.

The mysteries of the Nile

Imagine sitting out on the sun deck, sipping a cool drink while snaking your way down the longest river in the world. A cruise along the Nile allows you to experience all the sites and sounds of this ancient land.

Must-sees include the Karnak and Luxor temples, the Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memnon.

Cruises can be extended to include Cairo with its Sphinx and Pyramids or the vibrant city of Aswan with its bustling markets - a must for any shopaholic, so don't forget your credit card. And don't forget that camel ride!

From here, it's also possible to cruise to Abu Simbel, famed for its desert landscapes, or visit the sacred temples on the shores of Lake Nasser.

Magical Mediterranean

If you're short on time but still want to set sail, then a Mediterranean cruise is your best option.

Often split into either eastern or western-focused trips, you'll get to experience some of Europe's most beautiful and cosmopolitan destinations all in one holiday.

Western cruises can take in the cultural sights of Barcelona, the glamour of Monte Carlo and the romance of Italian cities such as Venice or Rome.

Eastern cruises can take you into the Azure waters of the Aegean Sea and the Greek isles of Mykanos and Santorini. Then there are the bustling markets of Morocco and the blissful beaches of Croatia and Malta.

Out of Africa

Combine a safari trip with your cruise for an action-packed holiday in South Africa.

Begin your adventure in Cape Town and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Close by are the famous wine lands, most famously the picturesque Stellenbosch with its oak-lined roads.

Back on board, you can drift onwards to East London (no, not that East London!), with its lagoons and waterfalls and the colonial influenced Durban.

Further on is Port Elizabeth, where you can enjoy excursions into the Shamwari Game Reserve before cruising to Mossel Bay. The dramatic shoreline here is often touted as Africa's most spectacular.

A few tips

When it comes to booking a cruise, the sheer choice can prove overwhelming. But before you reach for your credit card, ask what you want out of the cruise. Are you looking to laze around or get exploring? Do you want peace and quiet on board or lots of activities day and night?

Don't be afraid to ask the travel company lots of questions to make sure the cruise is right for you. And don't get forget travel insurance to make sure you're covered should things go wrong.





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