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Need to get away now? Book one of these last-minute cruises!

Sometimes, life leans on us until we get dangerously close to our breaking point. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to take a step back and remember that life isn’t about martyring yourself at work.

If you want to have a happy, balanced life, stop being so stubborn and make use of your vacation days for once. If you simply cannot take it anymore, then hop online and find a great cruise deal.

There are plenty of them out there, as the staterooms of late cancellations are worthless if they don’t have paying customers filling them.

The more people there are on the ship, the more money that gets spent in shops, restaurants, and in onboard bars/nightclubs.

Now that you are convinced of their existence, here are some destinations you should try to snag via a last-minute cruise deal…

1) Adriatic Sea

During the summer season, the Mediterranean is easily one of the most popular destinations among those looking to take a cruise.

With long, hot, dry summers and gorgeous beaches with crystal clear waters, it’s not exactly a mystery why this is the case.

While it is a skinny body of water north to south, it extends for thousands of kilometres west to east, making for plenty of itinerary possibilities.

Of all the routes, we recommend going with one that focuses on the Adriatic. Often leaving from Athens, cruises that ply these waters often pay a visit to Greek and Roman ruins and with stops in places like Dubrovnik and Kotor, there will be plenty of Old World cities to explore if lying in the sun all day isn’t your thing.

2) Alaska

A gorgeous but stormy land, Alaska has a beauty that reveals itself to visitors for only a few short months each year.

During this time, there are many cruises that ply sheltered channels made possible by the islands in its Eastern Panhandle.

Throughout this journey, you’ll see many glaciers that descend from coastal mountains all the way to the ocean, thick forests unmolested by human hands, and wildlife like grizzly bears and bald eagles.

3) Caribbean

Suggesting a Caribbean cruise might not be the most original suggestion that a travel blog has ever made, but there’s a reason why this region helped give birth to the modern cruise industry.

The islands located in this dreamy, warm sea are the subject of the wildest fantasies many folks have, as their sugary white sand, swaying palms, and the warm people that call this place home have drawn people back year after year.

From the Bahamas to Grenada, Barbados to Jamaica, there are countless itineraries that will take you to places that will become your new favourite places in the world.

Restaurants you can’t afford to miss on the Turks and Caicos

There are many Restaurants you can't afford to miss on the Turks and Caicos

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One of the greatest pleasures of being on holiday is getting to take a break from the kitchen, and let someone else do all the hard work.

While you could always hire a private chef to cook for you in whichever of the Turks and Caicos villas you end up renting, there are so many excellent dining options throughout the islands, it would be a shame if you stayed in throughout the entirety of your visit.

With this in mind, here are a few restaurants you should check out while you are visiting the Turks and Caicos.

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1) Turks Kebab

Despite being a humble joint, repeat visitors to Grace Bay have taken a liking to the keep-it-simple approach that Turks Kebab has embraced since its founding.

Specializing in street Mediterranean foods such as kebab, hummus, and donairs, many grab these dishes to enjoy them in the privacy of their own private villas, or on the beach as the sun sinks into the horizon.

2) Caicos Bakery

Those looking for a cheap breakfast will be sure to find something that strikes their fancy at Caicos Bakery.

Focusing on French pastries like almond croissants, they have built a following that has led to them being ranked as the top bakery in the Turks and Caicos according to Tripadvisor.

With staff that warmly greet customers as if they were family, we have no doubt that they will retain this honour for the foreseeable future.

3) The Patty Place

Have a soft spot in your heart for Jamaican cuisine? Be sure to frequent The Patty Place during your time in Providenciales.

An inexpensive lunch spot which serves up a variety of Jamaican patties (don’t miss the beef and cheese ones) and some excellent rice and bean dishes, you won’t have to go elsewhere for dessert either, as they serve up Devon Stout ice cream in waffle cones … yum!

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4) Shay Cafe & Lounge

Those who have sworn off meat for health and/or ethical reasons will likely find themselves dining at Shay Cafe & Lounge more than a few times during their Turks and Caicos holiday.

Breakfast is a favourite meal of many return visitors, as they have repeatedly praised the quality of their french toast and breakfast sandwiches.

Those who enjoy partaking in animal products will enjoy the eggs benedict, ensuring their return to this establishment if their partner isn’t into consuming flesh.

5) The Landing

If you believe that dining on holiday is all about having unforgettable experiences for an unbeatable price, eating at The Landing will prove to be one of the best decisions you’ll make during your time in the Turks and Caicos.

With offerings ranging from pulled pork to fish burgers, the food holds up its end of the bargain, but the setting here will define your experience, with its sandy floor, starry ceiling, and its boat-shaped bar.

6) Sandbar Restaurant

Staying on Grand Turk? If you want to have a dining experience you won’t soon forget, have at least one meal at the Sandbar Restaurant.

The place of choice for sundowner beers for many snowbirds, the beverages you have here will only mark the beginning of your time here.

The grilled grouper, conch, quesadillas, and burgers will make for a down to earth experience that ensures your return to this understated place upon your return visit to the Turks and Caicos.

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7) Coco Bistro

Want to be privy to one of the most exquisite dining experiences in the T&C archipelago? Get your concierge to phone well in advance to book you a table at Coco Bistro.

An open air restaurant where palm tree fronds are your ceiling, this special environment will only serve to enhance your experience here.

With delectable dishes which include shrimp satays, penne pasta, and rack of lamb, you and your partner will have a culinary experience that will raise the bar of what you previously thought was fine dining.

8) Seven

The Coco Bistro doesn’t have a monopoly on al fresco dining in the Turks and Caicos, so if you find yourself shut out of Coco’s, Seven is an excellent second option.

The cooks and wait staff here pay remarkable attention to detail, as the vast majority of dishes come out of the back cooked perfectly. In the rare instance they aren’t, everything will be done to make things right.

As for the food, the pumpkin ravioli and the mahi-mahi are highly thought of by diners, but if you can’t decide on what to have, they also have a tasting menu which will allow you to sample the best of what they have to offer.

9) Ristorante Via Veneto

If you are craving Italian food while in the Turks and Caicos, dining at Ristorante Via Veneto will help make things right in a hurry.

In order to get the pork cheeks, lasagna, and pizza for their menu made to their standards, the owners have imported most of their ingredients directly from Italy.

While this has had the effect of driving up prices, it ensures authenticity and flavour, making Ristorante Via Veneto a sure bet if you are looking for excellent Italian cuisine in Providenciales.

Inspiring cruises that you should take in 2017

Itineraries that include the Faroe Islands are part of the cruises that you should take in 2017

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When it comes to relaxation, no travel provider gets it right as often as cruise lines. Built to take much of the guesswork out of travel while allowing its passengers to kick back and unwind, signing up for one in 2017 could prove to be a great reward for a job well done in your career, or to mark a special occasion in your life.

So, if you are looking to go on an amazing world cruise or on one in a specific part of the globe, check out the suggestions that we have for you below.

1) Faroe Islands/Iceland/Greenland

If visiting chilly landscapes is something that intrigues you, then taking a cruise route that will take you through the Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Greenland will provide you with plenty of amazing destinations to visit.

Discovered and populated over the years by descendants of the Vikings, the inhabitants of these three islands will charm you with their hospitality.

Equally captivating is their desolate but beautiful landscapes, as they have plenty of waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes that will provide plenty of photo opportunities.

Don’t miss the chance to visit hot springs like the Blue Lagoon when in Iceland, as their steamy waters will allow you to relax after the high volume of attractions that you will visit during the course of this cruise.

2) Eastern Canada

With our Canadian cousins celebrating their 150th year of nationhood, there is no better time to discover some of its cities and attractions than now.

There are cruises departing from the British Isles that call on cities such as St. John’s (considered by many to be the oldest city in North America), Halifax (home to the greatest concentration of drinking establishments in Canada), Charlottetown (the city where Canada was born), and Montreal (the largest French-speaking city in the world outside France).

From charming multi-coloured houses in St. John’s, to the presence of an 18th century citadel in the middle of Halifax, there is plenty of history and culture to be witnessed in this part of the country, making it a great cruise for those concerned with these topics.

3) Caribbean/Brazilian Amazon/Azores

If you are looking for a cruise itinerary that includes warmer destinations, then signing up for one that takes you through the islands of the Caribbean, into the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, and a stop in the Azores on the way home should be considered.

The gorgeous vistas of Saint Lucia (The Pitons), the decadent beaches of Barbados, the intense flora and fauna of the Amazon, and the temperate paradise of the mid-Atlantic Azores archipelago will all be on the schedule during this 42-night odyssey.

If you are looking for adventure you’ll never forget, start setting aside money for this sailing.

4) Around the world epic adventure

Want to tick off a huge bucket list item? Consider going on an around the world cruise. While these journeys take 121 nights (quite a bit longer than going around the world in 80 days), and cost in excess of $13,000 per person at a minimum, pulling together the money and time to make this trip happen will give you and any travel partners memories that will last a lifetime.

Visiting places such as the Caribbean, Colombia, French Polynesia, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean will give you tonnes of different experiences, so if you can pull it off, what are you waiting for?