Thursday, May 22, 2008

Oh the Places You Will Go… - Cruisin' Part 2

So to continue the Cruisin’ series, we’re going to take a look at all of the various location which you can choose from for your trip.

*Eastern Caribbean: Includes the Bahamas, the Turks, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Dominica. This trip is all fun-in-the-sun. If you are not into beaches and the ocean, don’t bother with this one. From beautiful oceanic sunrises and sunsets to clear waters, fishing excursions, water sports, exotic marine life, and much more…you can truly feel like you are in paradise as you drift through this area of the world.

*Western Caribbean: Typically includes Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, and the Caymans. However, if you leave from the Miami/St. Petersburg area, you might get a bit of the Eastern Caribbean locations on your cruise on your way to the west! Bonus! Very similar to the Eastern Caribbean, this display of awe-inspiring tropical sites can have you swept away in a moment’s notice. More beautiful sunrises and sunsets, great water for all types of activities like snorkeling, parasailing (no, not off of the big ship), SCUBA diving, and beach-bumming and great food highlight this passage. Visit the various cultures and peoples that make this a truly unique part of the world.

*Western Mediterranean: Spain, Gibraltar, France, Corsica, Italy, Malta and Tunisia are just some places you could seeing while floating through the western Mediterranean. Visit this picturesque “old country” to relax and get away from the high-paced lifestyle most of us are accustomed to. Soak in the history and the sites. It will be truly unforgettable.

*Eastern Mediterranean: Cruise could include Italy, Tunisia, Croatia, Libya, Egypt, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and even up into Romania, Ukraine and Russia. Where Europe, Asia, and Africa all meet, you can get exposure to many different cultures and histories. In this area, which is part of the oldest civilized area in existence, you can see sites that seem almost other-worldly because frankly, they are!

*Alaska: Seriously this is a HUGE expanse of countryside. The best way to see it, in many people’s opinions, is through a cruise through its waterways. See the snow-topped mountains, glaciers, do some whale-watching, see the famous Aurora Borealis, experience the best salmon fishing on earth, flightsee this almost uncharted land, and see wildlife that you’ll never experience in the lower 48.

*Hawaii: So you want to go to Hawaii but you’re confused about which island to stay on and where to visit. Well, the cruise industry has solved your problem—go to all of them and enjoy the best of this Pacific paradise. Enjoy volcanoes, some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, the fantastic atmosphere of Hawaiian surfing, and lush rainforests all in this tiny stretch of islands. Why “limit” yourself to just one of the islands?

*Australia/New Zealand: Visit the rugged land known as Down Under to see the Great Barrier Reef, wildlife parks housing creatures like no other on earth, glorious cities, and even follow Captain James Cook’s path to see a land and a people like no other.

Did you also know that you can go:

*Canada/US: Yep…you can cruise around North American experiencing some of the highlights such as New York, Boston, Quebec, Charlottetown, and even down to Fort Lauderdale. You can see some fantastic landscape in a country that you thought you were familiar with all while visiting some of the most frequently visited cities. You don’t just have to choose one big city for your trip…you can see several and never have to fill your car up with gas!

*South America: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and the Falkland Islands can all be experienced aboard a ship (okay, so after you get off). Enjoy the party that can be found in some of the major cities, the fantastic mountainous and lush green landscape, and some of the oldest civilizations known to mankind.

*Norwegian Fjords: See Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Scotland, Germany, and the Netherlands. Throughout these areas you can find glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers, fairytale castles, mountains, forests, clear waters, and all types of breathtaking views. A relatively secluded part of the planet, this area would see almost untouched in comparison as some locations close to your home.

*Baltic: Visit any number of famous places on your Batlic cruise, once again gaining in popularity. You can visit England, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia or Sweden. The possibilities of experiences here are endless. Basically, pick your dream and you could find it here.

*Atlantic: Visit the Azores, Canary Islands, Morocco, Cape Verde, Senegal, or a number of other places as you see this mysterious part of the world. So secluded from most of the world, this area is exotic, spotted with fishing villages and fantastical scenery. See great cities or fantastic reefs along this area of the world.

*Middle East: Visit Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, and Yemen. See a culture unlike your own and the beauty that surrounds them. See the mysteries of ancient kingdoms and civilizations and experience the part of the world where life began. You can even choose a cruise down the Nile River to see the sites that pharaohs once admired and ruled.

*Indian Ocean: Visit Kenya, the Comoro Islands, Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, or Seychelles. See clear beaches, African wildlife, astounding surfing, craters, waterfalls, fauna found only on these islands, and even wild and glamorous cities.

*Far East: See South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and India. Wow…what a fascinating part of the world. If you want to step outside of what you know as a regular lifestyle, this is a part of the world for you. In an area that developed independently from any European influence, life here is so different that what you would be accustomed to that you simply could not come back unchanged. Fabulous cities, fantastic beaches, exotic perfumes, tranquility, forests, national parks too many to count, ancient temples, and breathtaking sites of all types.

*Antarctica: “It is not an easy place to get to, but increasing numbers of people visit Antarctica every year. Almost all go as a part of an organized expeditionary cruise, frequently guided by experts who are a mixture of seasoned seafarers, and ice or wildlife experts.” These are small and sometimes dangerous cruises that delight the adventurer inside. It would be an experience truly unlike any other.

So, now I have succeeded in further complicating the matter for you, but I wanted to let you know that there are more choices than you could have possibly imagined. Almost anywhere your heart desires can be reached aboard a luxurious ocean liner. What tickles your fancy? If you can dream it, you can cruise it.

Photo credit: coopgreg, lettieb, ericstorm


  1. OK, a cruise to Antarctica is freaking me out-- but the Baltic or Norwegian ones might be fun, in my dream life.

    (Just a note that you might want to edit: I have worked with several Ukrainians, who are pretty insistent that it is Ukraine, not "the Ukraine." Ukraine is the name of their now-independent country. "The Ukraine" implies that it's merely a region in Russia. Kind of like "the Grand Canyon" vs. "Arizona.")

  2. Thanks for the editing tip. I have made the correction!