Cruise vacationers describe it as an unforgettable adventure that is filled with the beauty of all the different parts of the world. Sea air during the trip helps to recover and relax from the bustle of work.
Everyone can find entertainments to his/her liking on board of liners: from gastronomy to water park, from fitness center to art galleries’ strolls. A cruise ship is like a small town with its own infrastructure.
Demand for sea travel has skyrocketed in recent months as countries began gradually opening their borders. Tourists are already booking tickets for 2026 cruises.
Popular cruise destinations in 2021
A cruise in the footsteps of the Greek gods from Norwegian Cruise Line Duration - 7 days Tour price - from €667 per person Available dates - August 1, 2021
The liner stops in cities with historical monuments of ancient Greece. In Rhodes, tourists visit the Acropolis of Lindos, walk through ancient temples, shrines and houses.
On the island of Mykonos you can rent a boat and go to Delos – the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Many of the ruins of Greece are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Each town offers traditional Greek food, wine and music.
Sea cruise to Asian countries from Oceania Cruises Duration - 19 days Tour price - from $ 6000 per personа Available dates - May 1, 2021
The region has a pleasant climate and the warm waters of the seas and oceans that lap the countries of the eastern continent. Asian cruises are an opportunity to experience several countries and cultures of different peoples at once.
Tourists can visit the famous Halong Bay with its picturesque seascape, stroll along the Weitang Waterfront in Shanghai and relax on the many secluded beaches that will be found along the route.
Cruise from MSC Cruises Duration - 19 days Tour price - from €1185 per person Available dates - November 7, 2021
During the cruise tourists can see six countries: walk the streets of Malta, visit the ruins of ancient Greece in Athens, relax on the beaches of Cyprus and have fun partying in the UAE.
Cruises from MSC Cruises are characterized by Italian elegance of interior design, quality service on board, various European cuisine and well thought-out entertainment programs.
Cruise from Royal Caribbean Duration - 7 days Tour price - from $600 per person Available dates - June 2021
The Royal Caribbean liner will take its guests to the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. Oasis Lagoon Coves is picturesque and safe, with sloping pools for kids and kids’ clubs. In the meantime, adults will enjoy a sip of a cold cocktail at the pool bar and a massage at the spa.
Cruise from Lindblad Expeditions Duration - 14 days Tour price - from $15,000 per person Available dates - November 2021
Tourists will see Antarctica’s wildlife, mountains and huge glaciers, as well as observe thousands of penguins: gentian, Adelie and Antarctic penguins.
The trip will be filmed by a National Geographic photographer. And the liner’s crew will organize hiking, kayaking and skiing.
Bahamas, Caribbean Sea
Cruise from Disney Cruises Duration - 3 to 5 days Tour price - from $1,665 per person Available dates - reservations will open May 17, 2022
A family cruise from Disney will set sail in the summer of 2022. The liner will sail the route from the Bahamas to Disney’s private beach in the Caribbean, Castaway Cay.
For children on board and on the beach are organized entertaining attractions: water park, obstacle course, creative clubs and children’s corners where their animators will be characters of famous Disney cartoons. Adults can relax by the pool, spa or cafe, and on the island go for a hike or go to the beach.
Requirements for passengers on cruise ships
Cruises are associated with fun and carefree, but with the coronavirus pandemic, cruise companies were only able to return to tourism after changes in onboard regulations. To ensure safer and healthier cruise vacations, companies are consulting with health experts every day.
There are no general requirements for carrying passengers on large liners yet, but there are recommendations from the WHO and other medical authorities.
Each company sets its own requirements for passengers. It also takes into account the restrictions that are adopted in the countries on the route. Customers are immediately notified of the new rules of conduct on board the cruise liner.
The basic requirements of the companies are similar. Tourists need to provide:
A certificate of coronavirus vaccination two weeks before sailing.
A negative pcr test result. This may be required to disembark in the countries of the itinerary.
A health questionnaire 24 hours before sailing.
On board some liners, you must wear masks and keep your distance in common areas, such as a restaurant or store.
How to go to Europe for a cruise trip
Tourists do not need a visa for cruises that start in Argentina or the Bahamas. But most liners depart from European countries.
Russian citizens need a valid visa to visit them. Russians can also get a Schengen visa to travel to all EU countries.
In May 2021, Russians can obtain a Schengen visa only at the Greek consulate. A residence permit or a second citizenship of a European country solves the problems of entering Schengen.
Some European countries offer foreigners to obtain residence or citizenship status by investment. Citizens of Vanuatu and the Caribbean can also travel without a visa in Schengen. The governments of these countries offer different investment options, such as the purchase of real estate or government bonds, a non-refundable contribution or the opening of a business in the country.
Residence permit and citizenship by investment for visa-free entry to Schengen
|Status and country||Investments||Entry into Schengen|
|Caribbean citizenship||From $100,000||Up to 90 days per half year|
|Vanuatu citizenship||From $130,000||Up to 90 days per half year|
|Maltese citizenship||From € 690,000||Up to 90 days per half year|
|Residence permit in Austria for financially independent persons||From €100,000||Up to 90 days per half year|
|Permanent residence in Malta||From €112,000||Up to 90 days per half year|
|Residence permit in Portugal||From €250,000||Up to 90 days per half year|
|Residence permit in Greece||From €250,000||Up to 90 days per half year|
|Swiss residence permit for financially independent persons||From ₣450,000||Up to 90 days per half year|
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