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Five of the best holiday destinations you can see in 2022 without stepping on a plane

Five of the best holiday destinations you can see in 2022 without stepping on a plane

The world is full of fascinating places, cultures and scenery and we can finally get back out there to explore.

The beaches, the wild open spaces, bustling markets, instantly recognisable international landmarks – so much to see and so little time!

But if you aren’t quite ready to step on a plane just yet, there’s a straightforward solution you may not even have thought about.

How about a cruise? Simply drive to Southampton, have your luggage loaded onto the ship, step aboard MSC Virtuosa and let the holiday commence!

Your holiday begins the minute you arrive onboard your ship so you can sit back, relax with a well-deserved cocktail and let those relaxing vibes kick in.

Feed your Instagram with enviable images from the following destinations – all with a little help from MSC Cruises.

1. Geirangerfjord – Norway

Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and arguably the most astonishing fjord on the planet. Famed for its deep blue waters, towering mountain peaks, and abundant waterfalls, Geirangerfjord is the place to go for heart-stopping fairytale scenery. Its majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation mean that whether you’re hiking, sight-seeing or just relaxing, you’ll have a truly magical experience.

Get there – On a seven-night cruise departing June 11 visiting Maloy, Hellesylt/Geiranger, Flaam, Kristiansand and Southampton. Prices starting from £699pp in a balcony cabin – an absolute must for a Fjords cruise with so much to see whilst you travel.



Geirangerfjord is the place to go for heart-stopping fairytale scenery.

2. Monaco

The Bay of Villefranche, reputed as one of the five most beautiful bays in the world, is embraced by the Cap of Nice to its west and Cap Ferrat to the east. The village of Villefranche sur Mer, perched on the bay, is located just over the hill from Nice (five minutes away) and 10 minutes away from Monaco. The charming Old Town of Villefranche cascades down the hillside to the sea, and the bay’s sandy one-kilometre long beach offers great recreation throughout the year.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is one of the most charming and authentic French and Niçoise fishing villages on the French Riviera, in the heart of the Cote d’Azur. With Monaco on one side and Nice on the other, it is hard to believe that it can retain its charm and authenticity of a little village where people still know each other.

Get there – On a 14-night cruise departing July 16 and 30, visiting Cadiz, Malaga, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Villefranche sur Mer, Barcelona, Lisbon and Southampton. Prices starting from £1299pp with kids under two free and kids aged two-17 at a reduced rate.

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The majestic MSC Virtuosa
The majestic MSC Virtuosa

3. Casablanca, Morocco

You can get as far as Africa in just 15 nights from Southampton. Not just a famous Humphrey Bogart film, Casablanca is a port city and commercial hub in western Morocco, fronting the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s French colonial legacy is seen in its downtown Mauresque architecture, a blend of Moorish style and European art deco. Standing partly over the water, the enormous Hassan II Mosque, completed in 1993, has a 210m minaret topped with lasers directed toward Mecca.

It’s now a very modern city but it still allows myriad movie moments for those who want to revisit love in the medina and Old City. Casa (as locals call it) isn’t too touristy, but it’s the most cosmopolitan and Western-feeling city in Morocco.

Get there – On a 15-night cruise departing October 1, visiting Le Havre, La Coruna, Cadiz, Casablanca, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, Lisbon, Southampton. Prices starting from £999pp



Steak on a stone or the Wicker Toboggan sled ride are musts for a visit to Funchal.
Steak on a stone or the Wicker Toboggan sled ride are musts for a visit to Funchal.

4. Funchal, Madeira

Funchal is Madeira’s biggest town and despite its small size and just over 100,000 inhabitants there’s lots to do. Steak on a stone or the Wicker Toboggan sled ride are musts for a visit to this Portuguese island. For the toboggan run you can take the Monte Cable car from Funchal to Monte, and then it’s a five to 10-minute walk to the steps of the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church — where the toboggan run starts. Look for the guys in white with straw hats and, of course, wicker sleds.

The view of Funchal is magnificent, with its crooked streets that go down the mountain side, and in front of the blue sea. This breath-taking landscape has captivated visitors from around the world. The city gained its name from the impressive amount of fennel (funcho in the Portuguese language) growing in the valley, and is also a sea of colourful vegetation, dominated by shades of pink bougainvillea, purple jacaranda trees and the spectacular trees with shades of red that line the roads.

Get there – On a 12 night cruise departing October 23, visiting Lisbon, Funchal, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Arrecife de Lanzarote, Vigo, Southampton. Prices starting from £829pp.



Bruges is famous for its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.
Bruges is famous for its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.

5. Bruges, Belgium

The ship calls into the port of Zeebrugges – just half an hour from picturesque Bruges giving you the perfect opportunity to explore the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium famous for its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.

If you set out to design a fairy-tale medieval town, it would be hard to improve on central Bruges (Brugge in Dutch), one of Europe’s best preserved cities. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historical churches and lane after lane of old whitewashed almshouses.

You’ve only really seen Bruges if you’ve visited the classics. From the Rozenhoedkaai and the Market Square, through the Lake of Love and the canals, to the Beguinage, the almshouses and much more, there’s a treat around every corner.

Get there – On a three-night mini cruise departing September 24, visiting Cherbourg, Zeebrugge, Southampton. Prices starting from £329pp

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