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Africa's cruise ship ports are found on three oceans--the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea. Although Africa is not usually thought of as a cruise destination, 20 countries are visited by cruise ships. Many of these ships are on world cruises or extended-length cruises from Europe, North America, or Australia. However, some cruise ships are based in southeast Africa during the winter months while the weather is cold in the northern hemisphere.
Things to do and see in Africa are varied, the possibilities seem endless. Explore desert terrains, all the flora and fauna of it’s rich jungles, and major cities built along the seacoasts and rivers. VisitCape Town, Cairo, or Morocco. Marvel at the majesty of the ancient temples and Pyramids. If wild life is your desire, overnight safaris can also be incorporated into your African cruise vacation.
With 34,000 miles of shoreline Alaska is one of the few places in the world where Mother Nature has been left alone so that wildlife is abundant and living in its natural state. The only way to see all of the best that Alaska has to offer is on a cruise.
There are typically three varieties of Alaska cruise itineraries - Inside Passage cruise sailing roundtrip from Vancouver, Seattle Alaska roundtrip cruise, which generally sails on the outside passage and Glacier Route cruise, which are voyages that travel one-way - either northbound from Vancouver to Seward or Whittier (near Anchorage) in Alaska, or the reverse southbound.
All these offer the opportunity to see magnificent glaciers up close, as well as charming ports of call, while cruising among majestic fjords, rainforest, and possible wildlife sightings. All usually include a stop in Juneau, Alaska's capital, as well as Skagway, Ketchikan, and Sitka. All of these Alaskan cruises also tend to feature one day's up-close glacier sighting, of either Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, or Sawyer Glacier. You can be almost constantly in sight of land, on both sides of the ship, with incredible and continuous close-up views of lush temperate rainforest, large fjords, quaint inlets, and soaring mountain peaks. Which makes verandah staterooms a must for the best cruise experience.
An Asia cruise is a fantastic way to sample the world's largest continent. Cruise China, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and More. The Far East is one of the most exciting and exotic cruise destinations in the world. Anyone who loves history and enjoys learning about different cultures and people will find great opportunities for cruising this region. Be sure to incorporate a visit one of China's greatest treasures--the Great Wall of China just north of Beijing before or after your cruise.
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
With Australia’s 16,000 miles of coastline, a cruise is a beautiful way to experience this island country.
When planning a cruise to the land “down under”, it is best to look at the many options available to be find the best cruise for your travel plans. Australia cruises range typically 10-15 days with cruises available for 1-3 weeks. There are only a few major ports in Australia and most cruise lines offer extended voyages visit New Zealand, the Orient, or other South Pacific locations in conjunction with the stops in Australia. Port stops along the coast line provide opportunities for cruise travelers to hop off the boat and spend time on dry land to take advantage of the many activities Australia has to offer. Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the largest in the world, a MUST SEE for any scuba or snorkeling enthusiast.
The best time of the year to book a cruise ship Australia trip is during the Australian summer which begins in December and ends in late February, although spring and fall offer an excellent way to take advantage of lower rates. Several cruise lines also offer additional cruise tour packages that combine stays on land for a longer look at Australia and the famous Outback.
CARIBBEAN - EASTERN
Caribbean cruises are the most popular cruise destination for cruise travelers. Choosing where to sail - the eastern or western Caribbean - is one of the first decisions made when planning a cruise vacation. Eastern Caribbean voyages typically sail from Florida. The islands are relatively close together and are smaller. Cruisers Shore excursions tend to be more geared to beach or water activities with opportunities to sail, swim, snorkel, and scuba.Most cruise lines sail to the eastern Caribbean with Ports of call including the Bahamas, The Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more.
CARIBBEAN - EXOTIC SOUTHERN
The islands visited on a Southern Caribbean cruise are more exotic than their counterparts in the west and east, with rain forests, volcanoes, and reflections of many heritages. Most of the major cruise lines offer Southern Caribbean itineraries. Southern Caribbean ports include: Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, San Juan, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, St. Lucia and more.
Southern Caribbean itineraries often embark in Puerto Rico and feature many port stops during the voyage, some with 6 ports in just 7 days.
CARIBBEAN - WESTERN
If white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters appeal to you, the Western Caribbean is the cruise trip for you. Cruise ships sailing to the western Caribbean embark from Florida, New Orleans or Texas.
Ports of call on a Western Caribbean itinerary often include Cozumel or Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Key West, FL; the Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Belize; or Costa Rica and sometimes include Jamaica, Dominican Republic.
With shore excursions to suit everyone, you can explore ancient Mayan ruins, hike the rain forests, snorkel or SCUBA dive in amazing locations, shop 'til you drop and so much more.
The Galapagos Islands are found off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. Famous for its diverse wildlife and untouched natural habitats. Since each island is somewhat different, the best way to see Galapagos is on a small ship. Travelers usually get there from Ecuador Many small cruise ships sail Galapagos Islands cruises from 3- to 10-days.
HAWAIIAN ISLANDS & SOUTH PACIFIC
There are three basic types of Hawaiian cruise itineraries. First, some Hawaiian cruises start or end in Hawaii and connect to California, Ensenada or Vancouver. Other itineraries combine Hawaii cruises with French Polynesia. The third and most popular type of Hawaii cruise sails entirely within the Hawaiian Islands, or begins and ends in Hawaii and includes one foreign port, such as Fanning Island, in the itinerary. Hawaii cruises that include French Polynesia are one way, longer than a week, and often include Papeete, Bora Bora, and Moorea. Hawaii cruises typically last seven to 15 days. It is possible to cruise Hawaii year-round.
Cruises to Mexico are among the most affordable in the market. There are two basic types of Mexican cruises. Mexican Riviera cruises depart from California and explore the Pacific Coast of Mexico from Baja to Acapulco. On these Mexico cruises, you may visit Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, etc. Or, opt for a Mexico cruise that departs from Florida or Gulf Coast ports like Galveston, Houston or New Orleans. These Mexico cruises visit the Yucatan region, on the Caribbean side of Mexico. You'll find a more humid climate and warm, crystal-clear waters for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Relax on the beaches of Cozumel and Cancun, or visit the ancient Mayan ruins at Uxmal, Chichen Itza and Tulum. Cruises to Mexico last three to 14 days and can incorporate Central American ports.