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.
Here are some destinations where we think cruising is the best way to go:
Galapagos 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.
Amazon 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. 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.
Antarctica. Cruising 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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