Holidays that combine genuine luxury with the opportunity to visit a range of exotic destinations can be difficult to find, but not if you take a look at what Princess Cruises has to offer.
The company runs cruises on routes all over the world, giving passengers the chance to see some stylish towns and cities they may not otherwise have thought about visiting. Its 18 liners are packed with facilities and also boast chic accommodation and high-quality restaurants, so you are sure to find your time at sea relaxing.
But you will not have to break the bank to enjoy this kind of holiday, as there are a range of cruise offers that make such trips a very attractive proposition.
Among the most popular voyages available is the Classic Canada and New England cruise, which begins in New York and ends in Quebec City. Fly to the Big Apple for a day of sightseeing and shopping before enjoying a number of stops on the east coast of the US.
Among the ports of call is Boston, giving you the opportunity to walk the Freedom Trail and see historic attractions such as Bunker Hill Monument, State House and the Benjamin Franklin Statue. If you don't want to explore the city on foot, you can take a trolley bus tour that includes visits to the USS Constitution and Faneuil Hall.
The ship will then sail into Canadian waters and stop at Halifax, Sydney and Corner Brook to allow you to see the rugged scenery close up. Eventually you will arrive at your final destination, Quebec City, for two days of sightseeing and the chance to visit the Musee de la Civilisation and the 17th century Notre Dames des Victoires church.
You can be certain you will be comfortable during the cruise, as you will be onboard the $525 million Emerald Princess. The liner boasts high-quality cabins, a selection of bars and restaurants, four swimming pools, a spa, an outdoor cinema and even an art gallery.
If you are looking for 2012 cruises to really exotic locations, try the Venice to Brazil route onboard the luxurious Star Princess. It begins with a day seeing the sights in the Italian city, followed by a tour of sunshine holiday destinations in the Adriatic and Mediterranean, including Dubrovnik, Corfu and Carthage.
The liner will then head into the Atlantic for the long journey to South America. You can look forward to honing your swing in the golf simulators, trying your luck in the casino, working out at the fitness centre and eating in excellent restaurants during the crossing.
Once in Brazil the liner will call at the beautiful colonial city of Recife, before finishing its voyage in Rio De Janeiro, where you will be able to enjoy the stunning beaches, views from Sugarloaf Mountain and the vibrant Latin culture.
Princess Cruises also operates on a number of routes on the Pacific coast of North America. The California voyage is a popular option for holidaymakers who wish to combine soaking up some sun with visiting Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.
The Mexican Riviera is another good choice for sun seekers, as the Sapphire Princess calls at the stylish beach resort of Cabo San Lucas, as well as the coastal cities of Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.
You can also choose from voyages to the Caribbean and Florida, Canary Islands or Norwegian fjords, so why not find out more about what Princess Cruises offers?