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Everything about taking a cruise is classy and romantic. That is, of course, until you leave the boat, and you’re fighting for space in off-shore attractions along with your hundred or so companions. There are exceptions, though. We’ve listed the best cruises to take if you want to step out of the usual tourist hellhole. You can call them VIP cruises because you’ll be served like royalty when you take these tours.
Seven Seas Navigator’s Cruise to Italy
When you join the Seven Seas Navigator on one of their cruises to Italy, you get to enjoy an all-suite cabin, which keeps most of the ship’s passengers inside their quarters and out of the corridors. The crew also offers 24-hours of room service, so you can actually enjoy the trip without leaving your room too frequently.
When we say Mega Ships, we just don’t mean the size but the entire assortment of luxurious accommodations and attractions these ships have to offer. From Swarovski-stairs to planetariums, these top 10 Mega Ships are simply elite class. So if you’re planning to go on a cruise, do it in style in one of these Mega Ships.
Elegance Like No Other: Queen Mary 2 of Cunard Cruises
The Panama Canal is without doubt one of the most impressive feats of engineering and design in the modern world, and has often been referred to as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ for the sheer magnitude of its building achievements. Panama itself is also a fascinating country, with a wealth of historic and modern charms on offer, and a cruise is one of the best ways in which to explore the amazing landscapes throughout Central America from rainforests and Mayan ruins, through to delights of Mexico and on the Caribbean tropics.
There are many different types of cruises on offer in and around China, but one of the classic trips is sailing down the amazing Yangtze River, which takes in many of China’s greatest sights from the Great Wall through to Forbidden City. Several international cruise operators provide trips up and down this stunning river, and here is the insiders guide to one of the most popular cruises on offer, the 10 day Imperial Jewels of China Tour offered by Viking River Cruises on the Viking Century Sky.
An opportunity to journey into the open waters is a great opportunity for singles or solo travelers. It will be a trip where you can mingle with other singles, enjoy activities on board, and make most of what you can do in port.
Going in a cruise can be pretty exciting but booking it as a solo traveler may be a daunting task for some. If you are cruising single, read on and we hope these tips can help you make most of you being single going on a cruise.
Most cruise lines demand for double occupancy but as a solo traveller, you may want to look for companies that specifically cater to cruising single.
The Norwegian Epic of the Norwegian Cruise Line is popular for their Epic Studios which are designed for the solo traveler. Right now they offer 128 cabins for single occupancy but promised that they will be offering more with their next ships.
Buenos Aires is the lively capital of Argentina, and has a busy port on the Parana River. Cruise ships sail right into the harbour, and passengers can disembark to enjoy all of the wonders that this vibrant city has to offer.
Buenos Aires is an amazing vibe city, specially at night
If you do stop off on your cruise in Buenos Aires then you may feel slightly overwhelmed at the many amazing sights and activities on offer, so here is a round up of some of the main highlights to give you an idea where to start:
* Plaza de Mayo – this is the main square in the city and a great starting point for a sightseeing tour as it has a number of excellent examples of colonial architecture and is close to many of the main pedestrian shopping areas of Calle Florid and Lavalle.
* La Recoleta Cemetery – this is the main resting place of Argentina’s most famous daughter Eva Peron, and is a mecca for many Argentineans and also visitors interested in the often turbulent history of the country. This is often combined with a visit to the Museo Evita (Eva Perón Museum)
Canada is a favorite destination for cruises, and there are several port stops that stand out along the many routes available around this fascinating and diverse coastline.
Montreal is one of those fantastic Canadian destinations that has retained its European roots so authentically you will feel as if you have walked straight into a charming Parisian suburb, rather than a sprawling North American city. From quaint cobblestone streets through to pavement caves and leafy sidewalks there is a certain continental vibe to many parts of the city, and this combined with the French streets signs, high fashion boutiques and laid back Gaelic attitude will charm many visitors. Montreal has had a turbulent history and although many Canadian settlements were first founded by the French, the British took over following the French and Indian War. Montreal clung stubbornly to its French beginnings though and this has caused quite a lot of tension over the years, but has meant that this city has retained a very strong and authentic French culture, in fact there were some serious attempts during the 20th Century to have Montreal declared an independent sovereign nation from the rest of Canada, but inhabitants narrowly voted in favor of continuing as a province.
Passengers of a cruise ship might be happy with seeing the great views, playing at onboard casinos, or pigging out on the buffet but there is a growing trend today as cruise lines organize exciting, extreme, and even outrageous group shore excursions.
Shore excursions are where people can enjoy the wow factor of their cruise and connect with new friends. Below are some of the most adrenaline crazy group shore excursions that we know of.
Riding a Harley in Alaska and the Caribbean
Cruisers who want to feel the wind against their faces while sightseeing can zoom on the road riding cool Harleys in Ketchikan, Alaska and in the Caribbean. You will need a motorcycle permit but you can also go with a licensed rider if you want to watch the Cozumel sunsets or go to the lush Tongass forest. A gang leader in a black leather jacket with tattoos all over will lead your group. Okay, it will be a local tour guide.