Are you looking for a unique travel experience? If you want to spoil yourself, you might want to consider going on a cruise! Imagine yourself sitting on the deck of a boat with your drink in hand, relaxing in the sunshine as you sail to your next destination.
You could visit new and exotic places! One can choose from a seemingly endless variety of cruises, each boasting its own set of activities and destinations, perfect for couples, families, groups of friends, and even solo travelers.
Here are ten cruise ideas you should consider taking at least once in your life!
1. A Safari Cruise in Africa
If you love animals and adventure, this is the cruise for you! There are usually two rivers on which these cruises take place - the Chobe River in Botswana and the Zambezi River in Zambia.
During your cruise on these African rivers, you may see elephants, lions, giraffes, and more. In most cases, these cruises are combined with a land safari so that you can experience even more of Africa and all of the beauty it has to offer.
2. An Antarctic Cruise
Taking a cruise on the 6th continent is truly an experience of a lifetime that you won’t soon forget. On your cruise, you could see fjords, icebergs, penguins, and whales in one of Antarctica's national parks. Generally, these cruises depart from Argentina or Chile and typically last for about two weeks. An Antarctic cruise promises a complete change of scenery as you encounter unspoiled nature.
3. Cruise Through the Galapagos
This is the perfect cruise for animal lovers! The Galapagos Islands are home to many unique species, including penguins, giant tortoises, iguanas and the famous blue-footed boobies. These cruises usually depart from Ecuador and last about a week.
4. Cruise Along the Panama Canal
A little cruise along the canal is perfect for those who love history and learning about engineering. It's probably the most picturesque shortcut ever created.
A typical cruise starts in Florida and ends on the Pacific Coast of the United States (or vice versa, from west to east).
Your adventure will begin as you start your voyage through the Panama Canal, a 40-mile crossing, and then continue as you stop at ports such as Puerto Limon in Costa Rica, Colon in Panama, and Cartagena in Colombia.
Some Caribbean cruise itineraries also include a visit to the Panama Canal.
5. A Mediterranean Cruise
Numerous companies offer Mediterranean cruises, so you can find one that meets your interests and budget. One of the most popular routes you could hop on starts in Barcelona (Spain) and makes stops in Marseille (France), Genoa (Italy), Tunis (Tunisia), Palermo (Sicily), Alicante (Spain), Valencia (Spain) and Gibraltar.
A Mediterranean cruise offers a wonderful combination of culture, food, wine, relaxation, and adventure, all wrapped up in one. You will be captivated by the Mediterranean culture and charm of Southern Europe the moment you set foot there.
6. An Egyptian Nile Cruise
Taking a cruise along the longest river in the world is an experience you’ll never forget.
It might be the river itself, winding through some of the most iconic landscapes in the world, or perhaps the chance to experience a different culture and to see how Egyptians live. Whatever your motivation for taking a cruise down the Nile, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.
The cruise will allow you to see some of the most famous sites that Egypt has to offer. On your journey, you will have the opportunity to visit many amazing locations, such as the Valley of the Kings and the Great Pyramids of Giza. A cruise down the Nile is a wonderful way to relax while taking in some of the world's most famous landmarks.
7. A Caribbean Cruise
It’s no secret that the Caribbean is one of the most popular cruise destinations for travelers. The cruises weave their way through paradise islands and turquoise water, making for a very rejuvenating experience. On Caribbean cruises, you can enjoy a festive yet relaxing atmosphere.
Some of the most beautiful cruise stops in the Caribbean include Kings Wharf (Bermuda), Grand Turk (Turks and Caicos), Falmouth (Jamaica), Cococay (Bahamas), St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands), Philipsburg (St. Maarten) and the vibrant city of San Juan (Puerto Rico).
8. A River Cruise Through Europe
A river cruise is a perfect option when you want to see several European cities without constantly having to pack and unpack. Several cruises run along the Danube, the Rhine and the Seine.
These cruises usually start in Amsterdam or Budapest and make stops in cities such as Cologne (Germany), Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), and Prague (Czech Republic).
9. An Alaskan Cruise
Nature lovers will enjoy this cruise, which departs from Vancouver. You may be pleasantly surprised by how affordable some cruises are and how much there is to discover.
Alaska is one of the most stunning places to go on a cruise because of its extensive coastline, which provides breathtaking views of the state's incredible landscape. Astonishing scenery, impressive wildlife, and plenty of sea-to-land excitement are all features of Alaskan cruises.
As you sail through the Inside Passage, you will see icebergs, wildlife, and breathtaking views. Some cruises even combine the Alaskan cruise with a Denali National Park land tour.
10. A Round-the-World Cruise
If you have money to spend (and time) and are looking for an unforgettable adventure, a world cruise may be right up your alley.
You could tour the islands of French Polynesia, travel through Europe, visit African destinations and explore Asia without ever changing hotels, catching a flight or re-packing! It goes without saying that these luxury cruise lines offer comfortable accommodations, specialty restaurants, and plenty of activities on and off-board.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises, for example, offers cruises that last from 132-168 days, starting at $105,000 CAD. You could spend half a year sailing around the globe.
Experience the Magic on Board
The world is full of dream cruises that you will be able to add to your bucket list, regardless of your budget and aspirations. Don't forget to contact a soNomad agent to purchase travel insurance before you head to sea, and be sure to let your insurer know that you are going on a cruise. Occasionally, there are specific travel insurance requirements for cruises, so it’s always a good idea to check ahead of time.
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