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Sarah on Sep 08, 2017

Try these top cruise destinations if you’re travelling with friends

Whether it’s a stag do, bachelorette party, high school reunion, or something else entirely, there’s nothing quite like hitting the ocean waves with close friends. Cruising gives you the time to reminisce over past memories - all the while making new ones. Take a cruise to spend time together, get away from the hustle and bustle of real life, and discover new and exotic locations. Here are just a handful of the top cruise destinations for groups.

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The Pacific Islands

The South Pacific is a treasure trove of holiday experiences. From hiking and sightseeing to kayaking and snorkelling, there are endless adventures to be had while you’re on shore. Naturally, the weather is often the idyllic kind you dream about from your office desk on a rainy Tuesday, and the beaches are every bit as inviting as you’d hoped.

When travelling with friends, the only real problem is that everyone has different tastes and ideas of the perfect holiday. For some, it’s drinking cocktails on the beach and ploughing through a small library, while for others, it’s all about getting the adrenalin pumping with adventure activities. The Pacific Islands offer all of this and more.

The sparkling waters of Lifou, New Caledonia

New Zealand

The country may be small, but the variety of activities and attractions is anything but New Zealand cruises are ideal for groups, as itineraries visit ports all over the country and promise something special for everyone.

For those who love the big city nightlife, wine and shopping experience, Auckland is a surefire hit. If it’s nature and scenery that makes a holiday complete, there are few places in the world more perfect than the Milford Sound. New Zealand is also famed for its adventure activities, and what bonds a group of friends together more than a death defying stunt like skydiving, bungee jumping or whitewater rafting? Even those who crave a bit of culture will be satisfied with a stop in trendy Wellington. Each port adds something new to experience, and the compact size of the country makes it a well-rounded adventure.

Cruising through the still waters of beautiful Milford Sound

Cruising further afield


The sun, the culture, the scenery, the phenomenal food - there’s a lot to love about Mexico. A cruise in Mexico will introduce you to many of the country’s top spots, such as Cabo San Lucas on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, and the enchanting town of Puerto Vallarta. Such locations offer a fusion of laid-back beaches, boutique shopping, exhilarating night-life, and postcard-perfect towns.

There’s a reason Mexico is so popular as a spring break destination with our American friends. With so much to see and do in each port, this Spanish-speaking country is a crowd pleaser that will delight and excite everyone in your group.

Beautiful white beach in Mexico


When you’re travelling with a group, it’s often a good idea to travel somewhere that’s new for everybody. This way, you all get to experience that sense of wonder and discovery together, making the trip that much more special.

Alaska is often one of those places that everyone wants to go - but not many people have actually been. It can be difficult to visit by car due to its enormous size, and expensive to visit by plane, but an Alaskan cruise is an easy option, especially as many trips leave and return from major hubs like Vancouver and Seattle. Admire the glaciers, waterfalls, and sheer expanse of ‘The Last Frontier’ for a group cruising adventure you won’t soon forget.

Exploring the reaches of icy Tracy Arm Fiord.

Looking for that somewhere special for your cruise with friends? Keep an eye on the incredible destinations and deals on Cruise Sale Finder.

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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