Countless Destinations To Explore – By Cruise Miss
One of the biggest appeals of the cruise holiday is being offered the chance to wake up in a new and exciting destination almost every day. You may go to sleep as your ship sails from Antigua and the following morning, you’re on the vibrant island of St Kitts. It is a fantastic way to explore so many places while only ever having to unpack once. It’s also a great way to sample destinations that you may decide you’d like to visit for longer at a future date.
If you want to visit some lesser-known parts of the world, such as Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, then a cruise ship is waiting to take you there. I’ve visited many destinations that would likely never be on the radar for a land-based holiday, yet they’ve turned out to be some of the most interesting places I’ve ever been. The small Estonian island of Saaremaa being one of them. I bet you’ve probably never even heard of it. I hadn’t until I cruised.
Another appeal for many is having the chance to experience things that you only can experience via cruise ship: transiting the Panama and Suez Canals, and sailing the stunning and majestic fjords of Norway, New Zealand and Chile, for example. Even sea days are a highlight as you stand on the open decks and look for dolphins, whales and many other sea creatures. During a recent world cruise, I went to bed on February 19 and the next day it was February 21, we lost a whole day because we crossed the International Date Line. There was a big party onboard to celebrate, you’re not likely to get that at 36,000 feet.
Destinations such as Norway and Iceland are very expensive to visit as a land-only option, so a cruise lets you see the key destinations for a much lower price. You can select your shore excursions and experience the best that each port has to offer, without paying huge costs for hotel accommodation, in-bound travel, food and any other expenses that may arise.
Not all ports are only visited for one day – which many people believe – there are dozens of cruise lines now that focus on real destination-based experiences, so you’ll often find several places in one itinerary where your ship will remain in port overnight, thus allowing you the freedom and opportunity to explore key sites during the day and local life by night.
Cruise ships are designed and built to explore every inch of our world and the destination choices are more impressive every year. I’m almost certain that wherever it is you want to go, there will be a cruise ship that can take you there. If you want to spend time immersing yourself in one place, that’s also an option, as numerous itineraries focus on taking in the very best of specific regions and countries, Australia and South America being prime examples of this. You really can have it all.
Smaller ships also offer other advantages, such a river cruising experience and the chance to visit hidden destinations that larger ships simply can’t access. You’ll also find that many of these places are off the beaten track and would likely never pop up in a holiday search. So, you can have the typical island-hopping itinerary in the Caribbean, or you can choose something more specific and indulging.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, you’re going to have the time of your life.