“Ships are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made.”
~ Robert N. Rose
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Cruise travel guide
Cruise writing is one of our specialties, and we’ve sailed on some 60+ voyages now.
So hop aboard and embark on these cruises! Pick up some great cruising tips and explore cool cruise ports along the way too.
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Cruising French Polynesia is often the best way to visit these luscious islands. The two main Tahiti cruise lines are Windstar and Paul Gauguin. Which is better? Find out here!
What are the hottest new cruise ships? From the ground-breaking Scenic Eclipse II and the rebellious Scarlet Lady to the lovely Sea Cloud Spirit, these ships are making waves!
“More Bordeaux to go with your langouste sabayon?” (And maybe more French brie too?) We love the French touch on Ponant Cruises, which operates 12 small chic ships.
On an expedition cruise, you explore amazing places in Antarctica! Like Iceberg Alley. Brown Bluff for thousands of Adelie penguins. Whaler’s Bay and its steamy beach pools. Port Lockroy with its penguin post office. And more!
Where do you want to go on your cruise?
Cruising French Polynesia is a delightful way to explore the 118-island South Pacific nation. Ships are small and usually couples-oriented.
The best Tahiti cruises are offered by Windstar Cruises and on the Paul Gauguin ship.
With its gorgeous turquoise lagoon and necklace of idyllic motus, Bora Bora, in particular, oozes romance.
And there are tons of fun things to do in Bora Bora – from shopping for pearls to snorkeling with sharks.
Maybe combine a cruise with a stay in a dreamy overwater bungalow in Bora Bora? Perfect for a honeymoon or other special occasion…
Cruise from Stockholm to Bergen on an epic Viking Homelands cruise in the Baltic. (Fabulous fjords, anyone?)
Snake charmers? Harems? Discover what it’s like to visit Morocco on a cruise.
Go wild on an Alaska UnCruise adventure cruise! (Think kayaking, hiking and SUP boarding.)
A leisurely Nile River cruise is the ultimate way to explore Egypt’s amazing temples and tombs.
Costa Rica and Panama:
This Costa Rica cruise immerses you in all of nature’s awe! Bonus: Squeezing through the Panama Canal.
See the secret side of the Canaries on this Canary Island cruise.
Hike UNESCO-listed parks, explore one of the most beautiful villages in Spain and taste sweet Malmsey wine.
Types of cruises
What’s your cruising style?
Unlimited champagne and caviar? Welcome to Seabourn Cruises!
The so-called “six-star cruises” include all wine, cocktails and other drinks in their rates.
Ships are typically small. The Seabourn Odyssey, for example, carries 462 passengers.
Or go French. Ponant is a lovely French line, where the French touch is uber-classy.
Then there’s Oceania Cruises. It’s known as one of the best cruise lines for great food.
Scenic (an Australian-based company) offers some of the world’s best river cruises.
Want to discover the historic riches of Normandy on a Seine River cruise? The scenes are a kaleidoscope of castles, gardens, artist studios and museums – all explored from a Scenic “space ship” with cool sun-room balconies.
If you’re itching to go bicycling on a river cruise, check out these great cycling cruises.
Feel the wind in your hair when you sail (yes, really sail!) the Caribbean with Star Clippers. The unspoiled islands are a treat too. (Hello Iles des Saintes!)
And have you considered a chartering a yacht? Private yacht charters aren’t just for the rich and famous anymore.
Explore hidden Hawaii on this UnCruise Hawaii adventure.
Hawaii is very kid-friendly. So family cruises in Hawaii are ideal for a family cruising vacation.
Beaches, scuba diving and, oh my, Komodo dragons!
You’re sailing Indonesia on a luxurious 10-guest phinisi.
Or you could cruise Fiji on a small barefoot-and-bikini yacht. Maybe try kava, Fiji’s potent traditional beverage?
The Yasawa Islands are totally idyllic.
And there’s nothing like an African river safari on the Zambezi Queen. This boutique houseboat gets you up-close-and-personal with elephants galore.
Practical cruise tips
Check out these nifty tips to spice up your cruise. Like… Take your folding bicycle!
You want the deluxe perks associated with small ship cruising (a suite, fine dining, lovely wines). But also big ship amenities (a range of specialty restaurants, great musical theater shows).
Say hello to the ship-within-a-ship concept – or VIP cruising on a big ship.
And there are many cute and playful types of Antarctic penguins. (We particularly loved taking photos of the adorable Adelies.)
Is it crazy to spend one day in Berlin? Or not…
Old San Juan:
Check out the top things to do in colorful Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Rent a bike and go bicycling around Stanley Park.
Dock in Philipsburg, and you can spend the day airplane spotting at Maho Beach, racing an America’s Cup sailboat or hanging out at Orient Beach.
Come to think of it, there are oodles of fun things to do in St. Maarten and St. Martin!
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