The world's best sailing destinations

Anchoring in idyllic bays before slipping into azure waters for a refreshing dip.

Warm breeze filling the sails en route to the next enchanted spot, with drinks and dinner on board under the stars.

And at the end of the day, gentle lapping to loll you to sleep.

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On board the MSC Bellissima
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On board the MSC Bellissima
General view of the solarium on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of sun loungers in the MSC Yacht Club area on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Formula One simulator on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the solarium on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the bowling alley on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the solarium on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
A person makes their way along the Himalayan Bridge on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of lounge in the MSC Yacht Club on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Sportsplex on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
A picture of Queen Elizabeth II next to the master of the Sea pub on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Amphitheatre pool on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Atmosphere pool on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the entrance to the London Theatre on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Atmosphere pool on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Galleria Bellissima on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Galleria Bellissima on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
A person makes their way along the Himalayan Bridge on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
A person makes their way along the Himalayan Bridge on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of sun loungers in the MSC Yacht Club area on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the entrance to the London Theatre on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the speed walking and running track on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Atmosphere pool on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the bowling alley on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the bowling alley on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Amphitheatre on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
A chef makes finishing touches to a chocolate sculpture on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the speed walking and running track on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the speed walking and running track on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
General view of the Masters of the Sea pub on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
A person makes their way along the Himalayan Bridge on board the new MSC Cruise ship MSC Bellissima at dock in Southampton Port.
Members of the public look on as the MSC Bellissima, the largest cruise ship to be christened in the UK, arrives into berth 101 at City Cruise Terminal in Southampton for it's naming ceremony on Saturday.
A member of the public takes a photograph as MSC Cruises' newest cruise ship, MSC Bellissima, arrives into berth 101 at City Cruise Terminal in Southampton for it's naming ceremony on Saturday.
The MSC Bellissima cruise ship leaves 'Chantiers de l'Atlantique' shipyard of Saint-Nazaire on February 27, 2019. - The liner 'MSC Bellissima', built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, was delivered on February 27, 2019 to the Swiss ship owner MSC Cruises. (Photo by Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images)
An employee practices aerobic in the 'MSC Bellissima' cruise ship on February 27 2019, at Les chantiers de l Atlantique shipyard of Saint-Nazaire. - The ocean liner 'MSC Bellissima' built in Saint-Nazaire was delivered on February 27, 2019 to the Swiss shipowner 'MSC Croisiere'. (Photo by Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers of 'Les chantiers de l'Atlantique' pose in front of the 'MSC Bellissima' during its delivery ceremony on February 27, 2019 in Saint-Nazaire, eastern France. - The ocean liner 'MSC Bellissima' built in Saint-Nazaire was delivered on February 27, 2019 to the Swiss shipowner 'MSC Croisiere'. (Photo by Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on February 27, 2019 shows the central lane of the MSC Bellissima cruise ship at 'Chantiers de l'Atlantique' shipyard of Saint-Nazaire. - The liner 'MSC Bellissima', built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, was delivered on February 27, 2019 to the Swiss ship owner MSC Cruises. (Photo by Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on February 27, 2019 shows the central lane of the MSC Bellissima cruise ship at 'Chantiers de l'Atlantique' shipyard of Saint-Nazaire. - The liner 'MSC Bellissima', built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, was delivered on February 27, 2019 to the Swiss ship owner MSC Cruises. (Photo by Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on February 27, 2019 shows the casino of the MSC Bellissima cruise ship at 'Chantiers de l'Atlantique' shipyard of Saint-Nazaire. - The liner 'MSC Bellissima', built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, was delivered on February 27, 2019 to the Swiss ship owner MSC Cruises. (Photo by Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A picture taken on February 27, 2019 shows the MSC Bellissima cruise ship at 'Chantiers de l'Atlantique' shipyard of Saint-Nazaire. - The liner 'MSC Bellissima', built by Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, was delivered on February 27, 2019 to the Swiss ship owner MSC Cruises. (Photo by Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Sunday, December 23, 2018, the liner MSC Bellissima returned to Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France, after having passed a series of sea trials for 4 days.The liner, 315 meters long and 43 wide, is expected to be delivered to the Italian cruise line in February 2019. (Photo by Estelle Ruiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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A sailing holiday really is a passport to another world where land-based worries are blown away on the breeze.

And if you've got the right qualifications to charter a boat, there are some amazing places that are best enjoyed from a gently rolling deck.

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