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If You Like This Cruise, Then You'll Love...

Updated: Oct 28, 2020

Although cruising is paused right now, there's no reason you can't safely plan for a future cruise with reduced pricing, added perks and peace-of-mind cancellation policies.

There is such a variety at sea which means many choices for every sailor. River cruising has spread from Europe to six continents, and Alaska has become a starter vacation for more remote Arctic explorations. Wherever you want to go, there’s a trip (or two) to consider, as the following classic itineraries – and their alternatives – demonstrate.

If you like river cruises...

Ply some of Europe’s liquid highways with Avalon Waterways on a ten-day sailing between two of central Europe’s most romantic cities, Prague and Budapest. After two days in the Czech capital, guests board an Avalon ship in Nuremberg, Germany, and continue on the Danube to medieval Regensburg and past the vineyard-lined banks of Austria’s Wachau region before spending two days in musical Vienna.

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The Mekong River is a vital link between neighboring Asian cities. AmaWaterways’ eight-day Mekong cruises connect Ho Chi Minh City with Siem Reap via the 124-passenger AmaDara. Culture and politics mix on excursions to shop a local market in Sa Dec, tour silk-making workshops in Tan Chau, see the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge, and walk amid the French colonial architecture of Phnom Penh.  The mighty Mississippi River divides east from west, links north to south, and looms large in American culture – all of which the 166-passenger paddle wheeler American Duchess explores. American Queen Steamboat Company’s nine-day Memphis-to-New Orleans itinerary celebrates American music with stops that focus on blues, rock and roll (including a visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland), and jazz in its birthplace. En route, visit Civil War cemeteries and antebellum estates.

If you like Hawaii...

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a relaxing way to explore the 50th state. Seven-day itineraries aboard the 2,186-passenger Pride of America set sail from Honolulu and allow two days on Maui to snorkel with sea turtles or play a round of golf on local greens. Dual calls on Hawaii Island offer lush rain forests near Hilo and pristine beaches around Kona. Guests also say aloha to Kauai while sailing past the verdant volcanic mountains that wall the Na Pali coast. 

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Cast off for Tahiti and the Society Islands aboard the 332-passenger Paul Gauguin with Paul Gauguin Cruises. Eight-day South Pacific sailings leave the Tahitian capital of Papeete to explore Polynesian culture, beginning with 40 ancient marae in Huahine. Overnights in Bora-Bora and Moorea offer ample opportunities for beachcombing, as well as aquatic adventures ranging from scuba diving with sharks to lagoon sailing.  Explore the mysteries of Easter Island and its link to South Pacific cultures from the 264-passenger Le Soléal on a 13-day sailing with Ponant. Three days on Easter Island – aka Rapa Nui – introduces the monumental moai statues, figures carved between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries by descendants of Polynesian immigrants. The ship then traces the route in reverse, stopping at remote Pitcairn Island and uninhabited Temoe Atoll before reaching the beaches of Moorea. 

If you like the Mediterranean...

Plunge into the region’s maritime culture with Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 13-day Venice-to-Barcelona sailing. During the seven-country tour, the 750-passenger Seven Seas Splendor drops anchor in Sicily for views of active volcano Mount Etna and fresh arancini (deep fried rice balls); Greece’s Argostoli, home of a locally-focused architecture museum and seaside cafes; and small but mighty Monte Carlo, where travelers can try to spot the royal family by day and hit the casinos by night.

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On the eastern side of Italy, the Adriatic offers a mix of breezy ports and storied seaside towns. Silversea Cruises’ 12-day round-trip-from-Venice sailing strings together cultural destinations, beach escapes, and off-the-beaten-path discoveries in Italy, Croatia, and Greece aboard the 608-passenger Silver Spirit. Highlights include exploring the medieval walls surrounding Dubrovnik, hiking to the forts above Corfu, and kayaking around the moored yachts of Hvar.  Celebrate the long days of summer in the culture-rich ports edging northern Europe on Celebrity Cruises’ round-trip-from-Amsterdam, 13-day sailing on the 3,046-passenger Celebrity Reflection. The sailing highlights many Baltic ports, from Copenhagen to Russia’s cultural capital. Guests have two full days in Saint Petersburg to discover the palaces, museums, and concerts for which it’s famous. Added attractions: full days in the design-loving Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki. 

If you like Alaska...

Holland America Line sends eight ships seasonally to Alaska on itineraries that last from seven to 21 days. The line visits Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on a seven-day round-trip-from-Seattle itinerary aboard the 2,104-passenger Eurodam. In addition to offering whale-watching opportunities, the ship calls at the colorful lumberjack town of Ketchikan, wildlife-rich Sitka, and capital city Juneau, which sits just about 12 miles from the mighty Mendenhall Glacier.

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Float past icebergs the size of castles and fjords choked with glacial ice aboard Hurtigruten’s 530-passenger Fridtjof Nansen on a 16-day adventure around Greenland. Eighty percent of the country is covered by ice year-round, making summer the season to walk its tundra, wildlife-view from kayaks, and visit Viking settlements. Citizen science initiatives offer opportunities to collect data and examine samples under Science Center microscopes along the route.  Crystal Cruises is reinventing the wanderlist-worthy Antarctic cruise with a luxury yacht, the 200-passenger Crystal Endeavor, and sending it where few luxury vessels have gone before. The all-suite, butler-serviced Endeavor will have a glass-enclosed solarium and spa and will offer a helicopter and submarine for excursions. Its 12-day Antarctic Peninsula sailings use Zodiacs for excursions to penguin colonies and around 800 miles of ice-covered mountains. 

If you like the Caribbean...

Virgin Voyages takes the idea of a floating resort to extremes with the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady. This ship hosts more than 20 bars and restaurants – including a karaoke room and The Test Kitchen, a cooking-school-cum-restaurant – balanced by lavish wellness amenities, such as an outdoor yoga terrace and a training camp area. Virgin Voyages six-day Florida-Mexico voyages sail round-trip from Miami for the Costa Maya, allowing passengers to visit jungle-shrouded ruins and technicolor reefs.

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Island-hopping acquires educational and cultural accents on Greek island sailings with Windstar Cruises. Seven-day itineraries on board the four-mast, 148-passenger Wind Star string together Aegean pearls, from Athens and beach-clubby Mykonos to the whitewashed towns of Santorini and the early Christian sites of Patmos. In Kusadasi, Turkey, guests explore the ancient Greek ruins of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before a private dinner on-site.  Royal Caribbean International makes the Bahamas long-weekend-getaway material for families. During four-day, round-trip-from-Miami voyages, the Royal Caribbean 3,386-passenger Navigator of the Seas offers thrills such as a surf simulator pool, a rock-climbing wall, and the longest waterslide at sea. A land-bound water park with seven waterslides – including the tallest in North America, at 135 feet – awaits on the cruise line’s private island Perfect Day at CocoCay. 

Adapted from Virtuoso Communities 2020

Whatever your fancy, now is the time to take advantage of attractive offers to sail the waters again, when it is safe to do so.

 Bon Voyage!

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