Revealed: the most picturesque locations to take a cruise

Travellers have been snapping, sharing and tagging all over the world, so here are the prettiest places for cruising according to Instagram

Social media is an incredibly influential tool for travellers; after all, who hasn’t used Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to share holiday snaps and research our next great trip?

On cruises, this is no different – according the Unforgettable Cruises, there are almost two million photos on Instagram taken on cruise ships. Now, using expert opinion and Instagram hashtag analysis, the social media platform has established the five most picturesque cruise destinations around the world.

These are the best cruise holidays to book if you want to induce serious envy amongst your online friends…

The Maldives

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A vast collection of soft-sand islands and atolls, this Indian Ocean destination has been snapped more than 6.7 million times on Instagram. This is the land of luxury resorts and white-sand beaches, so come prepared for long beach days and some serious relaxation. Visit the Maldives on a cruise and you’ll be able to explore a few of the stunning atolls, as well as spend plenty of time in the water with turtles and tropical fish.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

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There’s no sight quite like the towering karst rock formations of Halong Bay in Vietnam. Legend has it, this unusual landscape was created by emerald-spitting dragons during a fierce battle against the country’s enemies. A romantic notion indeed, but just a folk tale – these huge cliffs were actually created over 500 million years as a result of erosion from ocean currents and weather. Explore its many caves and swim in its warm waters on a traditional junkboat cruise from the mainland city of Halong – and make sure you stay overnight to see the place at sunrise.

Santorini, Greece

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This glorious Greek island is famous for the white tumbledown houses and tight laneways on its hills, but there’s a lot more to Santorini than the five million hashtags suggest. Beyond the glorious sweeping views there is a fascinating history to delve into. Head to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Firá, where you’ll find 3,000-year-old murals from the Minoan civilisation. Coming here on a cruise means you can explore plenty of other Greek islands too.

Giza, Egypt

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Sitting just west of the Nile, the ancient pyramids of Giza are an astonishing feat of human engineering and strength. What’s more, they offer a stark contrast to the buzzy streets of chaotic Cairo nearby. There are more than 132,000 photos on Instagram taken here – to get the best shot, don’t be afraid to stand on some of the rocks nearby for a good vantage point. Don’t miss a shot of all three pyramids and the Sphynx all together from near the entrance. When to visit? Egypt makes our ‘best places visit in April‘ list.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Made famous thanks to its starring role as King’s Landing in the hit TV series Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik is a supremely popular destination for cruisers and city-breakers. We love its terracotta roofed houses, cobbled streets and old city calls from which you can get spectacular views. Well over two million photos have been snapped in this city on Instagram, so join the crowds and come for the spectacular sights, fascinating history and excellent Croatian wine.

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