With money no object and an infinite amount of annual leave, endless holidays are part and parcel of being rich and famous. Whilst we might not share the deep pockets of the celebrities, we can head to the same beaches on which they while away their summer days. Here’s our pick of the hotspots in which you can cruise like a celebrity next summer.
Cruise like Angelina Jolie in Santorini
She’s having a rough old time at the minute, so who could blame Angelina Jolie for packing up shop and heading to the Aegean idyll of Santorini. The star fell for the destination whilst on location filming Tomb Raider and has made no secret of her love for its whitewashed villages and electric blue waters. Get the edge over Angelina by approaching the charming caldera from the ocean; it’s the very best way to see the Mediterranean spectacle. Shhh! Don’t tell.
Cruise like George Clooney in Venice
Venice is a cruise holiday favourite and the floating city offers one of cruising’s most amazing port approaches. George Clooney has a multi-million-pound home in Italy’s beautiful Lake Como, but it was Venice he chose as the location for his star-studded wedding to human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin. Clooney booked the five-star Belmond Cipriani in its entirety for his guests. This Venice pre-cruise stay favourite offers views that stretch over the lagoon to St Mark’s Square, whilst a mere hop-skip-and-jump will put you in the heart of Venice proper.
Cruise like Simon Cowell in Barbados
Does Mr Cowell wear his swim shorts as high as he wears his trousers? Who knows, but head to Barbados and you might just find out. Caribbean cruising’s favourite destination is also loved by the world’s most famous music mogul and he’s often spotted commanding his jet-ski on its turquoise seas, a svelte ex-girlfriend clinging to his waist (and wallet?) for dear life.
Cruise like Mick Jagger in Mustique
The island of Mustique measures just three miles by less than two miles, but that doesn’t stop the celebrities flocking there in their droves. Make like a Rolling Stone and holiday like Mick Jagger, sailing a catamaran to Mustique as part of a Caribbean shore excursion. This is one of the most exclusive holiday destinations on earth and you’ll be in good company on the world-famous Macaroni Beach, where British royalty have even been known to kick back over the years; if it’s good enough for the future King of England, it’ll certainly do for us!
Cruise like Oprah Winfrey to Cabo San Lucas
When she isn’t busy dishing out free holidays to her entire studio audience, Oprah Winfrey likes to get her R&R in the Mexican retreat of Cabo San Lucas. The destination, on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, lures the A-list with white-sand beaches, high-end boutiques, year-round sun and ultra-luxury resorts. Cruise to Cabo San Lucas and you’ll also find yourself on the migratory path of grey, humpback and blue whales, with whale watching being one of the destination’s most popular excursions.
Cruise like Elle Macpherson in the Bahamas
We hope the famous pigs of the Bahamas are feeling svelte, because the chances are they’ll be swimming besides Elle Macpherson next summer. If the thought of being bikini-clad at the lounger next to one of the original supermodels doesn’t put you off, a cruise to the Bahamas is every bit as idyllic as it looks in the holiday brochures. Many cruise lines call into Nassau, the island’s capital, taking you straight to powder soft sands, warm waters, coral reefs teeming with marine life and a colourful, colonial-inspired waterfront.
Where will you holiday like the A-list in 2017?