The best cruises to book in 2022

From affordable European breaks to bucket list voyages, we’ve rounded up the best cruises to book in 2022...

cruise ship on the ocean at sunset representing one of the best cruises to take in 2022
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We've handpicked the best cruises to book in 2022, featuring the best ships and destinations, as rated by cruise experts.

From affordable sailings to dreamy once-in-a-lifetime trips, there’s bound to be something to suit your holiday allowance and budget – and don’t worry about being bored, as all featured ships have top-class facilities including amazing swimming pools for those laidback sea days. 

If you can’t decide between itineraries, our handy overviews will give you an idea of the cruise line, the ports of call, destination highlights and, most importantly, the cost based on two people sharing. All that’s left for you to do is decide if you fancy booking one of the best river cruises in Europe, a Caribbean escape or an Arctic adventure...


Star Clippers Corsica & French Riviera

star clipper's tall ship sailing vessel on the ocean

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If you can't decide between river cruises vs ocean cruises and like the idea of cruising on an authentic tall ship sailing vessel, then this dreamy seven-night itinerary on the 166-passenger Star Clipper is ideal.

Feel the wind in your hair while sipping chilled champagne at sailaway, as the teak-decked ship departs the beautiful port of Cannes. 

Along with stops in Corsica, you’ll be able to enjoy complimentary watersports from the beach, admire the pastel-coloured houses and cobbled Piazzetta of Portofino, and visit two ports of call in St Tropez in one day – port and beach. 

Departing Cannes on 16 July 2022, prices start at $2,509pp / £1,849pp including return flights, non-UK transfers and full-board sailing. 

To find out more and to book, visit Star Clippers call 0800 200 6145 or contact your  travel agent.

Silversea Zanzibar to Mahe

Silversea expedition ship on the ocean

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Taking in 12 ports and two countries – Tanzania and Seychelles – this brand new expedition voyage in the Indian Ocean visits some truly bucket-list ports of call including Assomption, Aldabra, Cosmoledo, Farquhar, Poivre Island, D’Arros Island, Aride Island, Curieuse, La Digue and Praslin.

Nobody does luxury better than Silversea, and a trip on their vessels is akin to staying in the best luxury hotels in the world. This 11-day cruise on the Silver Explorer even includes your own personal butler to attend to your every whim. And because you’re sailing expedition style, there’s a fleet of Zodiacs to allow you to visit the most off-the-beaten-track locations. 

Departing Zanzibar on 16 April 2022, ’door-to-door’ prices start at $14,798pp /£10,900pp including private transfers, flights, airport transfers, hotel, all-inclusive cruise with butler service and shore excursions.  

To find out more and to book visit Silversea 

Tradewind Voyages Irresistible Islands & Rivieras

Golden Horizon cruise ship sailing on the ocean

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May 2022 marks the Mediterranean debut for the 140-cabin Golden Horizon, the world’s tallest sailing ship.

As a sailing vessel, the ship is able to navigate many smaller, lesser known ports: this romantic European island-hopping cruise starts in Mallorca before visiting Sardinia and Corsica.

Highlights include visits to some of the best places to visit in Europe, such as the medieval city of Alghero and Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica and birthplace of Napoleon. You’ll also visit one of the French Riviera’s best-kept secrets, the former fishing village of La Lavandou, along with the picturesque village of Bormes les Mimosas.

The ship will also stop at Sanary-sur-Mer, a harbourfront town known for its seafood and traditional savoury pancakes.

Onboard, there are three pools, a sundeck, the first La Mer spa at sea and a marina for active aquatic pursuits. 

Departing Palma on 15 May 2022, prices start at $2,442pp / £1,799pp including return economy flights from various UK airports and transfers. 

To find out more and to book visit Tradewind Voyages 


MSC Cruises Northern Europe & Cruises from UK

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This 14-night cruise on the 6,300 passenger mega ship Virtuosa is just the ticket for active families. Sailing from Southampton, UK, ports of call include Cadiz, Malaga, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Villefranche sur Mer, Barcelona and Lisbon, with a handful of sea days to enable you to make the most of the ship’s facilities.

MSC Virtuosa has 190 family cabins, which can accommodate up to 10 thanks to interconnecting rooms. For those on a budget, children under two can travel for free and children from the age of 2-11 only pay £399 per person.

Children’s clubs and activities are also included – highlights include an Aqua park with water slides and pools; a sport area featuring basketball, volleyball, football and tennis, and a purpose-built area for kids aged 3-17.

Departing Southampton on 16 July 2022, prices start at $2,171 / £1,599pp cruise only. 

To find out more and to book visit MSC Cruises

P&O Norwegian Fjords

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You can’t call yourself a cruise fan unless you’ve sailed the Norwegian Fjords. Sailing roundtrip from Southampton on Iona which launched in 2021, ports of call include Stavanger, Olden, Geiranger and Haugesund. 

On this classic seven-night sailing, you’ll discover Viking tales and spot glaciers and rare wildlife – you can even kayak or cycle in tranquil mountains. 

The 5,200 passenger ship is the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), making it one of the greenest ships on the ocean. 

Onboard, there are family rooms and plenty of downtime opportunities for adults – highlights include the glass-roofed SkyDome with retractable stage, a gin distillery, spa and the popular 710 Club, which is directed by Gary Barlow. 

And don’t worry about the small ones in your party, as there’s kid’s clubs and a night nursery too. 

The Fjords are one of the best places to travel in December, January and February if you want a chance to see the Northern Lights. 

Departing Southampton on 13 August 2022, prices start at $990pp / £729pp ($865 / £649 per child and $65 / £49 per infant) for an inside cabin and includes full board meals, entertainment and kids’ club. 

To find out more and to book visit P&O Cruises 

Disney Cruise Line Bahamas

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Launching in June 2022, Disney Wish is the newest ship to join the Disney family – this three-night taster cruise calls at Nassau, Bahamas and Castaway Cay, the cruise lines’ private island paradise. 

Along with two new stage shows, there are three themed districts for families, kids and adults alike. As well as the first ever Disney attraction at sea, there’s also a water wonderland with splash zone, wading pool, family slide and smoothie bar, plus Arendelle, the first ‘Frozen’- themed dining experience. 

Older passengers can escape to the adults-only Quiet Cove with infinity pool, bar and cafe; and Luna, an entertainment hub with adult-exclusive entertainment. 

Departing from Port Canaveral, Florida on 19 August 2022, prices start at $1,165pp /£858pp based on two adults sharing a Standard Inside Stateroom and includes taxes, fees and port charges. 

To find out more and to book visit Disney Cruise Line or call 0800 16 90 742.


Virgin Voyages The Irresistible Med

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Cruising the Med will never go out of fashion, and you'll love island hopping from buzzing Barcelona to the chic French Riviera on smart new ship Valiant Lady. Ports of call on this seven-night sailing include Toulon, Marina Di Carrara, Ajaccio, Cagliari, and Ibiza.  

You’ll get to explore the Tuscan countryside and sample traditional Italian dishes like local truffle pasta. You'll also discover the medieval mysteries of Olbia in Sardinia and experience the ‘white island’ of Ibiza after dark with an overnight stop. 

With an interior designed by some of the greatest names in design including Tom Dixon, the adults-only ship offers plenty of dining options from Michelin-starred menus to a Korean BBQ at sea, as well as impressive fitness areas, free workouts and a stunning spa. 

Departing Barcelona on 12 June 2022, prices start at $2,480 / £1,825 per cabin and includes WiFi, all food, essential drinks, group workouts and tips. 

To find out more and to book visit Virgin Voyages.

Viking Cruises Great Lakes Explorer

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Sailing on the brand new 378-guest expedition ship Viking Octantis, this bucket-list cruise allows you to explore coastal wetlands teaming with birdlife, comb pristine beaches and get acquainted with native cultures of the northern Great Lakes.

The eight-day Great Lakes itinerary includes the maze of granite islands comprising the Unesco reserve of Georgian Bay – perfect for hiking or kayaking.

You’ll also get to experience the Victorian charm of car-free Mackinac Island and spot wildlife in Ontario’s Thunder Bay. 

Built for exploring remote destinations, Viking Octantis features more indoor and outdoor viewing areas than other expedition vessels, so even when you’re onboard you’re still immersed in the landscapes surrounding you. 

Departing Milwaukee in July 2022, prices start at $8,824pp / £6,495pp and includes return flights to select UK airports, a Nordic Balcony stateroom, on board meals including wine, beer and soft drinks, WiFi and gratuities.

To find out more and to book visit Viking Cruises or 0800 319 66 60.

Oceania Cruises Rome to Lisbon

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Happy to dedicate a chunk of your holiday allowance to cruising? This new 22-day European voyage onboard newly refurbished ship Nautica stops in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, as well as the Canary Islands. 

Starting in Rome, the elegant ship will stop at some of Italy’s most beautiful islands and cities including Florence, home to many examples of Renaissance art and architecture. 

Then it’s onto the French Riviera to mingle with the jet-set in Saint-Tropez which is famed for its beautiful beaches; Barcelona – home to the world-famous Sagrada Familia – and Tangier in Morocco with its ancient Hercules Caves. 

After a stop in Portugal’s port city, Portimao, you’ll stay overnight in buzzing Lisbon to explore ancient forts and artistic neighbourhoods. 

Back onboard, sea days can be spent enjoying fine dining venues, activities including wine tasting and putting, and the Canyon Ranch spa.

Departing Rome on 1 April 2022, prices start at $5,446pp / £4,009pp based on two people sharing (flights excluded).

For more information and to book visit Oceania Cruises or call 0345 505 1920. 


Celebrity Cruises Italian Riviera and France

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This sun-filled, nine-night European itinerary on new ship Celebrity Beyond includes eight ports and an overnight stop with destinations that include some of the best foodie cities in France. Stop in Barcelona, Provence (Marseille), Nice (Villefranche), Santa Margherita, Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Sicily (Messina) and Naples, finishing in Rome (Civitavecchia). 

Launching in spring, the new addition to the Celebrity Edge Series features an outwards-facing design created by interior design visionaries including Nate Berkus and Kelly Hoppen CBE. 

Balmy evenings are ideal for making the most of the ships’ outside spaces including the two-storey Sunset Bar and Rooftop Garden. Inside, there are new restaurants including Le Voyage by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud, immersive wellness experiences and first-at-sea spa treatments.

If you really want to push the boat out, book a suite for exclusive access to The Retreat, a private sanctuary with a restaurant, pool and bar. 

Departing Barcelona on 30 July 2022, prices start at $2,441pp / £1,799pp based on two people sharing an Oceanview Stateroom and includes WiFi, drinks and service charges.

For more information and to book visit Celebrity Cruises.

Ambassador Cruise Line Round Britain & Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration

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In the mood for a cruise with a royal air? In celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th year as a monarch, new ship Ambassador Ambience is taking guests to the farthest-flung corners of the UK on a 12-night voyage around Britain’s coastline. 

With lush landscapes, diverse cultures and unrivalled tranquility, Britain’s offshore islands are just waiting to be discovered – stops include the sunny Scilly Isles, the historical Orkney Islands, St. Peter Port in Guernsey, and Tobermory in the Isle of Mull with its colourful houses. 

Back on board the 1,400 passenger ship, there will be celebrations from royal historians, fascinating lectures and a Jubilee dinner.

Departing London Tilbury on 26 May 2022, prices start at $1,546pp / £1,139pp for a standard twin room and includes Captain’s gala dinner, daytime activities programme, guest speakers, fitness classes, spa access and port taxes.

For more information and to book visit Ambassador Cruise Line.

Royal Caribbean Western Caribbean & Perfect Day

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Looking for a perfectly formed Caribbean cruise on the world’s largest ship? This seven-night itinerary stops at Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay; as well as Nassau; Falmouth, Jamaica; Labadee; Haiti, and Orlando, Florida.  

You’ll be sailing on the new and innovative Wonder of the Seas, an 18-deck, 6,988 passenger ship which has something for all ages. 

There are eight neighbourhoods and new features including a cantilevered pool bar, an interactive, open-air kids’ play area, and returning Oasis Class favourites including the tallest slide at sea, AquaTheater and dining destination Central Park. 

Departing Orlando (Port Canaveral) on 27 November 2022, prices start at $775pp / £715pp cruise only. 

For more information and to book visit Royal Caribbean.

Norwegian Cruise Line Caribbean: Harvest Caye, Cozumel & Roatan

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Looking for a classic Caribbean itinerary? This seven-day cruise on new ship Norwegian Prima departs from Miami and calls at five ports for a balmy week of sun, sand and sailing - ideal if you're looking for destinations that will be hot in November and through the winter months. 

You’ll be able to sink your feet into the pink sands of Roatán, splash about in the turquoise waters of Cozumel, and soak up the sun at Harvest Caye, NCL’s private resort destination in Belize, featuring a pool with a swim-up bar, beachside cabanas and a saltwater lagoon for watersports.

Launching in August, the first ship in Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)’s new Prima Class accommodates 3,215 guests. Onboard there’s an infinity pool, a glass Oceanwalk, an outdoor lounge with beach club vibes, and food spanning everything from Italian and Mexican to tapas and artisanal food trucks. 

Departing Miami on 19 November 2022, prices start at $2,500pp / £1,842pp based on two people sharing a Balcony Stateroom (cruise only). 

For more information or to book visit Norwegian Cruise Line.

APT Adriatic Coastal Cruise

MV Lady Eleganza ship in Croatia

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If mini cruises and small ship sailing with a boutique feel is more your vibe, take a look at this eight-day itinerary from Opatija (Zagreb) to Dubrovnik. 

Launching in April, the 34-guest MV Lady Eleganza has been designed for an intimate  experience away from the crowds normally associated with larger vessels.

Thanks to its size, the ship is able to access some of the most beautiful and otherwise hard to reach parts of the Croatian coast and Adriatic islands. 

Highlights include anchoring and swimming off the idyllic island of Krk; the waterfalls of Krka National Park; exploring the remote and largely untouched island of Vis, and a guided tour of medieval Dubrovnik. 

When you’re not ashore, you can lounge on deck or cool down in the ocean directly from the ships’ swim platform. 

Departing Opatija from April to September 2022, prices start at $3,387pp / £2,495pp and include return scheduled flights from the UK, 17 meals, complimentary soft drinks, beer and local wine, overseas transfers, port charges and tips. 

For more information and to book visit APT Touring.

Rebecca Barnes
Freelance travel writer & cruise expert

Award-winning journalist and editor Rebecca Barnes has written travel-related content for countless consumer titles and websites including The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Wanderlust, Tatler and Cruise Critic. 

A former editor of World of Cruising magazine, Rebecca is also co-founder of the premium blogazine, Cruise Blondes – as a cruise specialist, Rebecca spends much of her time sailing the world's oceans and waterways and checking out the latest ships - all in the name of research, of course.