The best cruises to take this year

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The best cruises for 2020 involve taking to the Norwegian fjords during the best time to go, setting sail on one of a terrific cruise made for couples or leaving the stresses of budgeting behind on an all-inclusive cruise.

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As cruising is one of the most superb ways to take in an array of destinations and is even believed to be the one type of holiday that is good for your wellbeing, we're bringing you our pick of the best cruises to take this year – whether you're looking for river cruises or a Northern Lights getaway.

With a recent ABTA report showing that with one in 10 British travellers took a cruise last year and that one in seven are planning a holiday at sea this year, the cruise industry is upping its game and offering bigger and better experiences in 2020.

Cruise holidays are no longer about sailing to popular locations and having a browse before rushing back to the ship. You can expect unique experiences such as days out with celebrities, visits to hard-to-reach places and adventurous activities like husky sledding and kayaking.

Whatever you're into and wherever you feel like travelling to in 2020, our selection of cruise holidays will not only take you to stunning corners of the world, but provide you with incredible memories along the way.

Always wanted to meet your favourite Strictly star? We've got a cruise for that. Fancy swapping the usual Mediterranean summer cruise for a wintry escape? You'll love our cold weather escape. Love Italy? You can explore its most romantic city on one of the best cruises to Italy.

Have a browse of our pick of the best cruises to take this year.

Best Mediterranean cruise that's all about Italy

Not every Mediterranean cruise has to take you to a dozen destinations. If the one country you can't get enough of in the region is Italy, you can spend an entire five days cruising the waters around Venice on a boutique ship – and in the company of Italian TV presenter and star of The Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi.

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During this short cruise holiday, you'll take in the highlights of the Venetian Lagoon, discovering the best sites and lesser-known spots of Venice, browsing the colourful islands of Burano and Murano, and spending a day in authentic Chioggia.

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Best cruise for couples

Romantics looking for a lovely way to celebrate your love should head for Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands on a Rhine River cruise you'll never forget. Aside from visiting romantic destinations, such as Cologne, Strasbourg and Amsterdam, you'll have the chance to dance together in an exclusive masterclass hosted by Strictly Come Dancing's Pasha Kovalev.

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As well as the dance class, Pasha will join you at a drinks reception where he will perform. There will also be the chance to ask him questions about his time on Strictly during a Q&A session. Destination highlights of the trip include visiting the breathtaking Keukenhof Gardens, which open for just a few weeks each year, and enjoying a Black Forest gateau demonstration and tasting in the fairytale region where it originates – delish!

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Best fjords cruise

Always wanted to experience a Norwegian fjords cruise during the best time to go? Head there on a summer sailing to witness the lush greens and blues of the region during its warmest months. From sailing to the deepest fjords to stopping to admire waterfalls, this is one of the best cruises for lovers of beautiful scenery.

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Joining you on a unique sailing are TV's Hairy Bikers, who will cook up a storm on board the ship and mingle with you at a cocktail party. There'll be visits to the most spectacular fjords too, including Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord.

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Best cruise in the world for foodies

Love food? Of course you do! One of the best cruises for lovers of tremendous food and wine is a Rhone River sailing through the French countryside. You'll take in the gastronomic capital of France, Lyon, tasting traditional Lyonnaise cuisine and browsing its foodie delights.

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You'll also learn about French wine in Tournon, sample delicious cheeses and olives as you cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône to Beaune, and experience Provencal cuisine in Avignon. When it comes to working off those croissants, you'll be joined by Strictly's Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, who will show you a few ballroom steps.

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Best Northern Lights cruise

For one of the best cruises in winter, take to Northern Norway where you'll be greeted by the stunning Northern Lights – and TV's Carol Kirkwood! On this trip of a lifetime, the BBC weather presenter and former Strictly star will join you as you search for displays around the Scandinavia beauty spot.

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You'll visit Bergen, Tromso, the North Cape and the Lofoten Islands. The Northern Lights cruise even comes with an aurora promise, so if you don't see the natural phenomenon, you will receive another cruise for free.

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