Any cruise lover knows that there's nothing quite like that moment when the ship pulls away from the dock and heads out into open water... or that one when you wake up and step out onto the balcony to gaze upon a new city... or that one when you sit down with your first pre-dinner cocktail by the pool. Let's face it, cruising is full of "those moments", the ones that stick in your memory and the thought of which get you through those long months at work between holidays.
Music is a type of memory magic, evoking thoughts and feelings from a particular time and place with just a few bars. That's why we have put together an ultimate cruising playlist. Put some of these in your headphones, kick back and be prepared to sail away to a better place - in your imagination, if not in reality!
1 . Cruising (Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis OR Smokey Robinson)
Ok, this one isn't really about cruising in the nautical sense of the word, but it's still pretty perfect for listening to when you're onboard. The laidback tune is easy to sing along to - especially in a group of people who are, in fact, "cruising together."
We have put the popular Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis cover (from the movie Duets) here, but you might prefer the original by Smokey Robinson. You hipster.
2 . Good Vibrations (Beach Boys)
The happy, sunny sound of the majority of Beach Boys songs means you could enjoy almost any of their albums on a cruise holiday. We picked this one because that's what your holiday should be all about - good vibrations!
A special mention goes to "Still Cruisin" - referring to cars rather than boats, but you can take it however you like.
3 . Is This Love (Bob Marley)
The king of reggae will take you away to the Caribbean. I've chosen this as one of my favourite numbers, but really you could insert any of his songs into your cruising playlist - it's more about the beat than the lyrics!
Any tropical holiday is best when backed by a bit of Bob. Turn it up as soon as you spot palm trees! Yes, it is love!
4. Escape (Rupert Holmes)
You might not know it by the title, but this is THE Pina Colada Song. A classic for any holiday, but especially applicable to a cruise. Listen to this one by the pool when you're sipping on that cocktail, pina colada or not.
It's also a good one to belt out at that onboard karaoke event. After a few pina coladas, of course. A special mention has to go to Escape's sister cocktail song: Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffet.
5 . Slice of Heaven (Dave Dobbyn)
Keep it local with this Kiwi feel-good classic! Dave from across the ditch has bottled up sunshine and good vibes and delivered it to our ears with "Slice of Heaven."
Technically it's a love song - but the lyrics can easily apply to that love we all share: cruising. Guaranteed to lift your mood even higher.
6 . Sailing (Rod Stewart)
This one has more of a sombre mood to it than the previous entries, but we don't mean to bring you down. It's a chilled-out track, absolutely perfect for sitting on the balcony and looking out over the ocean as cruisers are wont to do when they have some free time.
Let your mind wander and sail stormy waters for a little solitary down time. Also check out young Rod Stewart in this video.
7 . Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)
This song could have a place on any playlist I'm making, but it's especially suited to a holiday at sea. Put this in your earphones and be prepared to relax completely.
Otis Redding's wonderful voice is set off by the whistling section near the end of the song for another "good vibes" tune - although the lyrics are less carefree than they might seem at the first listen!
8 . Good Life (One Republic)
The title says it all, really. What better way to describe the feeling of being on a cruise? Great for those times when you're hanging out with your cruising buddies and feel like there is, as the song infers, nothing to complain about.
OneRepublic also adds some much-needed modernity to the list.
9 . Good Feeling (Flo Rida)
Another dose of modern music, this one is all about the hype. Flo Rida's lighthearted club banger track will get you pumped up for an evening of dinner, entertainment, and dancing. You can't help but bop along.
Get this one in your ears while you're getting ready in your cabin for a night out, especially if you're with a group of cruising friends.
10 . What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Ever thought to yourself, what a wonderful world? Was it during a cruise? This classic song captures those moments I mentioned above, those of pure bliss.
Sung by Louis Armstrong, it's also smooth as silk and a beautiful tune - the perfect accompaniment to a cruising holiday.
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!