Posted February 20th, 2017
Cruise To These Exciting Events In 2017
Most of the time, where and when you chose to take a cruise is determined by your own preference and by when you have a space in the calendar. However, sometimes the destination you cruise to and the time of year that you decide to go can be determined by events happening around the world. There are many exciting celebrations going on throughout 2017, so here are a few that are well worth looking out for.
Canada and Alaska Celebrate 150 Year Anniversaries
There are sesquicentenaries happening all over North America this year, with many different events marking them throughout 2017. Whilst Canada is celebrating 150 years since the formation of the country we know today, Alaska is commemorating 150 years since becoming the 49th state of America. The latter was actually bought from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867.
Cruises to Alaska and Canada have been very popular already this year and not just because they are both fantastic scenic locations to view from a cruise ship. Travellers can join in with the celebrations happening in cities across both regions in what is sure to be a memorable twelve months. Many Alaska cruises start or finish in Vancouver, giving you the chance to see both in one trip.
50 years younger, but still commemorating a major milestone in 2017, is the country of Finland. In 1917, it gained independence from Russia and a wide range of events will be taking place all over the country (and further afield) to mark this. From photography exhibitions that showcase the breathtaking beauty of the landscape to art installations looking at Scandinavian architecture over the years, there’s something for all tastes during Finland 100.
Many Baltic cruises feature a stop in Helsinki, giving you the chance to explore the nation’s capital in this centenary year. Amongst the events happening in the city, there’s the World Figure Skating Championships, a new area of the zoo dedicated to native Finnish wildlife and possibly the biggest Helsinki Day ever on the 12th of June.
3 Jun 2017 for 14 nights
9 Ports - Baltic, Northern Europe, Scandinavia
Southampton - Zeebrugge - Copenhagen - Stockholm - Tallinn - St Petersburg - Helsinki - Gdynia - Southampton
Total solar eclipses are pretty rare occurrences. So much so, that the next realistic chance to experience one here in the UK isn’t until 2026. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t an opportunity to witness one of these amazing natural events in 2017. On the 21st August, states across the middle of the USA (including Oregon, Wyoming, Nebraska and Tennessee) will have the best view of the moon passing in front of the sun.
Cruises departing from or visiting Seattle or Charleston on this day should, depending on the weather, give you the perfect chance to see the event. Failing that, partial sightings may be possible from places such as Nassau, San Juan, Hamilton, Basseterre and Bridgetown – all popular Caribbean cruise ports.
Ferrari Land Opening
After the success of Ferrari Land in Abu Dhabi, the car giants are about to open their second theme park within the site of PortAventura in Tarragona, Spain. On the 7th of April, doors will open for the first time and petrol heads will get the chance to immerse themselves in the world of the world’s most famous supercar. The park isn’t just for car fans though, as anyone with a need for speed will love the new attractions – including the highest and fastest vertical accelerating rollercoaster in Europe.
P&O Cruises have a sailing that stops in Tarragona in June, but if you would rather give yourself more time to experience this theme park, why not consider a cruise that departs from Barcelona? Spain’s second city is just an hour up the coast from PortAventura and adding a pre-cruise stay to your Mediterranean cruise will give you the chance to head down to Ferrari Land.
9 Jun 2017 for 16 nights
11 Ports - Iberia, Mediterranean
Southampton - Cadiz - Almeria - Tarragona - St Tropez - Civitavecchia - Salerno - Olbia - Gibraltar - Lisbon - Southampton
There are many events happening around the world this year that you can enjoy via a cruise. Others include the America’s Cup in Bermuda and the New Orleans Jazz Festival, taking place 100 years on from the birth of Ella Fitzgerald. If you have anything in mind that you would like to see, give the dates to our team and they will help you find the perfect sailing.