Top ten cruise destinations

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Last updated 05:00 30/09/2013
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ALASKAN CRUISE: Quietly sail by glaciers, fjords and snow-capped peaks with stops at several ports in one of the world's great true frontiers.

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DISCOVER THE: stunning scenery, architecture, art and culture along the popular waterways of Europe.

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1. Europe -The Mediterranean
Fall in love with this beautiful region overflowing with history and rich in culture, architecture and amazing food. With a broad range of itineraries including the Greek Islands, Spain's Costa del Sol, Italy's Ligurian Coast and the French Riviera, you'll find yourself spoilt for choice.

2. European Rivers
Discover the stunning scenery, architecture, art and culture along the popular waterways of Europe. Cruise the Rhine, Moselle & Danube Rivers through central Europe; the Saône and Rhône in France; the Douro in Portugal & Spain; the Po in Italy; and the rivers and lakes between Moscow & St Petersburg.

3. Northern Europe
Visit a smorgasbord of European cities, from Scandinavia (Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm and Tallinn), to St Petersburg in Russia, northern ports in Poland and Germany.

Plus, some itineraries also feature the UK and Ireland, and the Arctic. Immerse yourself in the diversity and natural wonders that are truly awesome.

4. Hawai'i
A cruise is a unique way to visit the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, as well as experience the indigenous culture. With irresistible views from both the ship and on the islands, ranging from beaches to farmlands, this year-round cruise will offer something for everyone.

5. Alaska
Quietly sail by glaciers, fjords and snow-capped peaks with stops at several ports in one of the world's great true frontiers. With an abundance of sea and birdlife you'll be exposed to nature at its best. Itineraries are available from May to September with the summer months (June to August) the warmest.

6. South Pacific, Australia & New Zealand
With departures from Auckland as well as Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, cruises in the South Pacific are a popular close to home option.

Wander along the pristine beaches of Fiji, Noumea, Vanuatu, Tahiti and more or discover the contrast of the Australian and/or New Zealand coastline.

7. Asia
A cruise makes exploring these fascinating countries effortless. From Burma and Thailand in the west, to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Japan, there will be an ocean voyage or river cruise to fascinate and delight.

Whether you cruise the region or select a single destination there's something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

8. Antarctica
Gaze in awe at the dramatic mountains, glaciers, icebergs, many varieties of penguins and seals as well as a huge number of bird species that await your visit to this region.

Most ships carry wildlife experts who provide informative commentary on this amazing part of the world and with cruises only available during the short summer season (mid- December to late February), you'll have to be quick to reserve your spot.

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9. South America
Discover some of the world's most dramatically diverse destinations on a cruise to South America. Visit glittering cities, idyllic islands and ancient ruins.

Explore the legendary wonders of Rio de Janeiro, the historic waters of the Strait of Magellan, the remote Falkland Islands and scenic cruising around Cape Horn - a true feast for the senses.

10. Caribbean
From charming colonial towns and coral reefs of the east, to Mayan ruins and natural wonders of the west, breathtaking national parks and world renowned beaches in the south, this region is everything a tropical paradise should be.

Feeling inspired? Get in touch with your local HOT holiday specialist to find out more. Call 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz....or come instore!

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This article originally appeared on the House of Travel website.

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