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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