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Cruise crew reveal their favourite destinations

When it comes to the very best holiday recommendations, who better to ask than those who travel the most? Here, some of the Princess Cruises' crew share their secrets…

By Sophie Goddard

Who better to ask for travel recommendations than the people who spend their lives circumventing the globe? We spoke to a few members of Princess Cruises' staff to get their must-visit destinations. Prepare to embrace your wanderlust. Here are their top spots:

The South Pacific for its incredible waters

says Captain Michele Tuvo

Robert Harding

“I get asked my favourite destination a lot and it’s a difficult one to answer, since I’ve been lucky enough to sail to many incredible places. For me, I’d say the South Pacific (Bora Bora, Moorea, Papeete) is probably my favourite place to travel to, since the water is like no other I’ve seen. I’ve visited a couple of times during my time at sea and I’m going back in a month’s time. When you get into port, it feels like you’ve landed in paradise. My favourite thing to do there varies, depending on the port itself – if it’s a beach port, I love to swim. Be sure to grab your snorkelling gear and check out the incredibly colourful fish – it’s an absolute must-do, every time.”

St Maarten for the food and views

says Thomas Stirling, Chief Engineer Officer

Robert Harding

“I’ve visited St Maarten around 30 times, and whenever I get there, I instantly relax. Taking the water taxi knowing there’s a white sandy beach waiting – and great local Caribbean food – just can’t be beaten. The beach and sea are incredible, so daily swimming is a no-brainer. Look out for the restaurant with a full-size pirate mannequin outside, they serve amazing chicken wings...if you can get a seat. What’s great about the area is the promenade is smooth and caters for all people’s mobility. If you head along the water’s edge, you’ll come across a lovely water feature at the square. Keep going and you’ll find the beach is all but empty at this part, and you can even see the taxi coming over the bay for a quick pack-and-run.”

Santorini, Greece, for a great escape

says Tiago Ferreira, Shore Excursion Manager

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“After visiting so many places around the world, I’ve never found anything like Santorini – I’ve been five times now. The landscape and views are unrivalled! Aside from the stunning sights, the culture and gastronomy are the two most magical things. There’s a really great energy about the place – it keeps me coming back time and time again. I’d always recommend hiring a car and driving down the coast, before taking a walk – there are plenty of brilliant hidden gems to be found that way. Definitely swim in the sea, of course – it’s the best thing you can do! It’s tough to choose the greatest restaurant, but Armeni Restaurant by the sea is a brilliantly relaxed place, serving the most incredible grilled octopus.”

Civitavecchia, Rome, to soak up the culture

says Rachel Vane, PR Executive

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“There’s nowhere quite like Rome, and even if you don’t have a history-loving bone in your body, you can’t help but be in awe of the stories of this city. Everywhere you turn you’ll see reminders of its famous – and often infamous – past! I’ve been 11 times and I’ll be visiting again this year on a cruise, so it feels like a home away from home for me. I feel incredibly content and carefree there – La dolce vita comes to mind! There’s nothing I love more than sitting outside a little cafe in Piazza Navona, watching the world go by whilst sipping an Espresso or a chilled glass of Moscato. My favourite place to visit is Aroma rooftop Restaurant at the Palazzo Manfredi, with views over the Colosseum and the most stunning dishes made from fresh Italian ingredients (book in advance). I’d always recommend a visit to the Roman Forum, too. I can’t think of a better way to understand what everyday life in ancient Rome was like, than by walking in the footsteps of its founding residents.”

About the Author

Sophie Goddard

Sophie Goddard

Sophie is a freelance journalist who has worked at magazines including Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Grazia, writing about everything from health to pop culture and travel. Next on Sophie's travel hit-list is Dominica, where she plans on enjoying a spot of horseback riding and whale-watching, as well as testing out plenty of local rum!

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