If you’ve ever felt the urge to sample the nightlife in a port of call but had to be back on your cruise ship in time for a 4 p.m. departure, take a look at some itineraries that include overnight stays in a port or two.
An overnight stay gives you a chance to become more familiar
with local culture – after all, the evening can be the best time to sample the dining
and arts scenes in many ports of call. Just imagine a sunset gondola ride on a Venetian
canal, or taking in a dinner-and-tango show in Buenos Aires.
Here are a few more ideas:
Many of Azamara Cruises’ itineraries feature late-night departures
or overnight stays. For example, an eight-night cruise of the Iberian Peninsula
includes overnight stays in Seville and Valencia, Spain. In Seville, you might explore
the Real Alcazar and Sevilla Cathedral by day, then spend the evening sampling
tapas – the small, delicious bites served along with drinks in many local bars
(Sevilla is where tapas were invented, after all). On the same cruise, an overnight
stay in Valencia provides time to tour the city’s historic architecture and the
City of Arts and Sciences cultural complex; and then, to indulge in some
perfect paella for dinner, with pumpkin-flavored bunyol pastries for dessert.
The more than 40 ports around the world where Celebrity
Cruises docks overnight include Bangkok, Thailand, a bustling city that’s
famous for vibrant nightlife. You can spend the day exploring cultural
attractions like the opulent Grand Palace and the Wat Pho temple complex, which
houses a famous reclining Buddha. In the evening, sample fresh, spicy Thai
delicacies and admire the lights of the city on a river cruise that includes a
stop at a floating night market.
To help you experience more of the wonders of the South
Pacific, every Windstar Cruises itinerary that departs from Tahiti includes an overnight
stay on the island of Bora Bora. After a day of exploring the mountainous
island and the clear waters that surround it, you can choose to spend the night
on the ship or in a luxurious, over-the-water bungalow. The 7-day and 11-day Windstar
itineraries that depart from Tahiti include a second overnight stay on the
island of Raiatea, known for its pearl farms.
Talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor, about cruise
itineraries that include an overnight stay in a port where you’d like to spend
a little extra time.
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