The World's Best Festivals & Events

Posted February 2nd, 2018

Around the world, in every season, festivals bring people together in colorful celebrations of unique heritages and cultures. Celebrating with locals and immersing yourself in the festivities is a great way to truly discover a destination as an insider–and the very best way to experience it all is from the comfort and safety of a cruise ship.

With hundreds of iconic festivals and incredible events all over the world, trying to decide which one to see, when to go and how to get there can seem overwhelming. To help you narrow down the once-in-a-lifetime options, we've combed the world and collected our very favorite can't-miss festivals and must-see events. We've included the perfect voyages for each, so you can experience them in style and with every detail already considered.

New Orleans Jazz Festival

New Orleans, Louisiana – April 28-May 2, 2018

Legends and locals unite to make music at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Legends and locals unite to make music at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Jazz was born in New Orleans and now you can experience the rich tradition and see renowned legends perform at the most famous jazz festival in the world. Enjoy the Big Easy at one of the biggest celebrations of music, food and history while celebrating New Orleans's vibrant spirit and culture. Seeing it with Celebrity means that while onboard, you'll also celebrate the best of New Orleans with live jazz music, themed cocktails and locally inspired food paired with outstanding wines.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
Celebrity's 11-Night Jazz Fest Caribbean Cruise

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes, France – May 8-19, 2018

Le Suquet–the old town and Port Le Vieux of Cannes, France.
Le Suquet–the old town and Port Le Vieux of Cannes, France.
One of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, Cannes is a ritzy, stylish affair, filled with fashion, celebrities and the most glamorous resort on the Côte d'Azur. After a day watching movies and movie stars, stroll the white sandy beaches of the chic La Croisette–a mile-long seaside promenade where the very essence of this town thrives and where the rich and famous while the day away. Très magnifique!

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
Sea Dream's 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise

Grand Prix

Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 27, 2018

Monte Calro, Monaco during the exhilerating Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Monte Calro, Monaco during the exhilerating Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Have you wanted to find out what the excitement was all about in Monaco during the Grand Prix season? Now's your chance to experience the real lifestyles of the rich and famous aboard Star Clippers. After leaving Cannes you'll cruise the Italian Riviera and enjoy picturesque beaches and charming coastal villages your luxury sailing yacht pulls into the famed Monte Carlo harbor for a full day of thrilling, adrenaline-charged Formula 1 car racing and soaking up the electric atmosphere of this legendary event.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
Star Clipper's 7-Night Monaco Grand Prix Final Cruise

World Cup

St. Petersburg, Russia – June & July 2018

Experience the greatest soccer event in the world this summer.
Experience the greatest soccer event in the world this summer.
In summer 2018, soccer’s World Cup kicks off in St. Petersburg, and Azamara Club Cruises has tickets waiting for you. While the opportunity to see the world’s finest soccer players compete is a highlight of this Northern Europe itinerary, it’s only one of many. Perfect for both soccer lovers and those who just want to explore St. Petersburg and other beautiful Baltic cities in complete luxury.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
Azamara's 12-Night Baltic & World Cup Voyage

The British Open

Carnoustie, Scotland – July 19-22, 2018

Play golf and watch professional golf where the sport was invented.
Play golf and watch professional golf where the sport was invented.
Sail the British Isles in elegance, play several rounds of golf, then attend the oldest and most prestigious of the major professional golf championships on a British Open sailing this summer. Featuring a collection of the game’s most respected courses plus attendance to Sunday’s final round of the 2018 British Open at Carnoustie on the beautiful east coast of Scotland, your voyage begins in Southampton and concludes in Edinburgh after 13 nights, 10 ports of call and six fabulous rounds at some of the most famous golf links in the world.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
Azamara's 13-Night Shamrocks, Kilts & Golf Voyage

Oktoberfest

Munich, Germany – September 22-October 7, 2018

Enjoy beer garden's and the best Munich has to offer during Oktoberfest.
Enjoy beer garden's and the best Munich has to offer during Oktoberfest.
Experiencing authentic Oktoberfest and "toasting to cheer and good times!" is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. Yes, beer is the theme, but the Munich Oktoberfest also lays claim to being the world’s largest folk festival. Eat and drink your way through hundreds of beers and thousands of grilled sausages, giant pretzels and local delicacies like spit-roasted wild oxen. Held in a gorgeous meadow just outside Munich’s city center, you'll enjoy colorful parades and shows, a variety of rides and booths, and party-goers in every direction dressed in traditional Bavarian gear.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
Uniworld's 9-Night Enchanting Danube & Munich River Cruise & Tour

Christmas Markets

Rhine River, Europe – December, 2018

Immerse yourself in all the splendor of an old-world holiday.
Immerse yourself in all the splendor of an old-world holiday.
Celebrate the season where many timeless holiday traditions began—in the heart of Europe! Cherish all the glory of the season in grand style as you cruise along the Rhine experiencing Europe at its most festive time of year. Travel back centuries as you walk along cobblestone streets through historic towns bedecked with twinkling Christmas trees and lined with wooden huts gleaming with handcrafted treasures and delicious treats. With stops in the most incredible and iconic Christmas markets in Germany, France, Netherlands and Switzerland, you'll enjoy timeless holiday traditions handed down through the centuries.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
AmaWaterway's 7-Night Christmas Markets On the Rhine River Cruise

Chinese New Years

Hong Kong – February 5, 2019

Ring in the New Year with Chinese lanterns, dragons, fireworks and more!
Ring in the New Year with Chinese lanterns, dragons, fireworks and more!
New Years holds the most significant position among all Chinese festivals and holidays. The celebrations include fireworks, parades, folk traditions, lanterns and a wonderful feast. And what better way to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year than a truly immersive Asian experience aboard the brand new, ultra-luxurious Seabourn Ovation. Ring in New Years like never before, enjoying the time-honored traditions and traditional cuisine of the Far East while sailing the South China Sea.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
Seabourn's 14-night Gems of the South China Sea Cruise

Carnavál

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – March 1-9, 2019

Masks, music and a multitude of culture make Carnavál a must-see!
Masks, music and a multitude of culture make Carnavál a must-see!
Rio de Janeiro is host to one of the biggest and most outrageous celebrations in the world–Carnavál–a tradition stretching back to the 1700s. Attending the planet's best party has never been easier thanks to Azamara Club Cruises. The pinnacle moment of their incredible South American voyage is two energetic nights in Rio during the peak of the celebration—including Fat Tuesday. With amazing parades, lively samba music, outrageous costumes and a multitude of revelers, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more exciting and memorable festival anywhere on earth–and no safer, more stylish way to see it than aboard Azamara.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
Azamara's 13-Night Carnivale In Rio Voyage

Mardi Gras

New Orleans, Louisiana – March 5, 2019

Watch the French Quarter come alive during Mardi Gras.
Watch the French Quarter come alive during Mardi Gras.
The best way to experience the iconic Mardi Gras festival is an exciting cruise that features a double overnight stay in New Orleans during the most festive time of year! Enjoy the vibrant culture, electrifying music, dazzling floats, festive crowds, and colorful beads from your private grandstand overlooking the parade route. And after a long day or revelry or exploring historic New Orleans, you'll return to the comfort of your Celebrity cruise ship to relax and recharge.

CruiseInsider's Recommended Voyage:
Celebrity's 10-Night Mardi Gras & Caribbean Cruise

From Carnavál to Cannes to Chinese New Years, there's a global experience to be found that fits every budget and bucket list. Whether you want to rub elbows with the rich and famous, lose yourself in local culture or simply try something exotic and fun without all the fuss, CruiseInsider can help.

Speak to our experts at 1 (877) 734-6858 for inspiration and ideas on seeing the world's most famous festivals and coolest events in safety and style aboard a luxury cruise.


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