You can cruise to most parts of the world that are accessible by water, but some destinations are truly best seen via cruise ship. Why? Sometimes, the scenery is most breathtaking from the sea; along some rugged coastlines, travel on the water is easier than travel on land; and, cruise ships may offer more comfortable or affordable accommodations than you can find on land.
some destinations where we think cruising
is the best way to go:
Islands. The islands are 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, so
you must fly or sail to reach them. A few islands offer hotels
and campsites, but a cruise ship will move you
effortlessly to multiple islands, so you’ll see more
of this pristine archipelago and its biologically
diverse wildlife. Knowledgeable guides will sail along with you.
River. The Amazon is also famous for biological diversity, and
the best way to see it is to sail this incredible river. The
Amazon region may test your tolerance for heat, humidity, and
insects; a comfortable cruise ship can do a lot
to improve that tolerance. Onboard guides will help you
spot gorgeous plant life and amazing animals, from
sloths and jaguars to river dolphins and piranhas.
Alaska is a vast state of beautiful landscapes
and intriguing wildlife. On a cruise of the Inside Passage, part
of the state’s
southeastern panhandle, you can appreciate the immense
natural beauty without having to cover as many miles as you would by
land. You’ll sail among misty forests, majestic mountains, calving
glaciers, and fantastic sea life like otters, seals, and whales.
Norway. Like Alaska, Norway
is a destination with rugged coastal beauty
best seen from the water. Your
ship will sail right into deep fjords, with views
of snow-capped peaks and cascading waterfalls. Port
calls will provide a chance to try some
local flavors, like roasted elk and reindeer, fresh
fish, cloudberries, and brown goat’s milk cheese.
is really the only way to visit Antarctica, which has no
accommodations on land (except those occupied by scientists
who work there). There are a variety of itineraries but review them carefully; some take you close to the White Continent
but don’t actually give you the opportunity to set foot
there. A “viewing only” cruise will still deliver unforgettable scenery and take you
close to penguins, seals, and more.
Ask Anita, your
professional travel advisor, for more information about
these and other special destinations best seen via cruise.
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