Vacationing via a luxury cruise liner has many perks. From the incredible on-board entertainment and activities to the endless dining options and service. It’s a hotel on water. But perhaps the best part about travelling on a cruise ship; are the views. That’s because, unlike a landlocked hotel, a cruise ship has the unique ability to take you through some of the most breathtaking and remote regions in the world.
So, if you’re looking for an exhilarating and picturesque way to travel this year, consider booking one of these scenic cruise tours.
Alaska's Inside Passage, which is part of our North American neighbour, the United States -- offers a series of interconnecting waterways between the thousands of forested islands. Small fishing towns and the occasional outpost will no doubt dot the coastline, but otherwise it's all about the beauty of nature. Key highlights along the cruise line route may include Glacier Bay National Park
, Tracy Arm fjord
, or Misty Fjords National Monument
. Much of the coastline is teeming with wildlife, snowcapped mountain peaks, glaciers, and rain forests. Guaranteed to make it an unforgettable experience.
A round-trip Norway cruise from Copenhagen might stop in Flam, Hellesylt/Geiranger, Bergen, Stavanger, and Oslo, with one day at sea. In addition to the fjords, massive granite rock faces, snowy mountain peaks, and rocky islets, you'll also spot fishing villages with quaint wooden buildings. Instagram-worthy highlights include your sail into Geirangerfjord
, with the snow-capped peak of Dalsnibba looming 5,000 feet above.
A round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti, visits Raiatea, Motu Mahana, Bora Bora, and Moorea. Bora Bora's two volcanic peaks, Mount Otemanu
and Mount Pahia
, tower over the teal-blue water, offering incredible sights from the deck of your Cruise ship. And, since most islands are the remains of extinct or dormant volcanoes surrounded by lagoons, palm-fringed islets, and barrier reefs teeming with underwater sea life—the opportunity to snorkel and swim in the warm water is incredible.
The Panama Canal is perhaps one of man’s most incredible engineering marvels. Known as the world’s greatest shortcut, it takes about eight hours for ships as large as commercial freighters to traverse the 50-mile canal, which includes passage through three main locks. By using gravity, the Canal locks raise ships over Central America and down again on the other side and makes for one amazing sight. From the Canal, cruise ship passengers are free for greater exploration and transit. The passage also takes ships through the artificially created Gatun Lake.
There are so many incredible places to visit among the seven seas, and the world is your oyster, as they say. Wherever you decide to go, it’s always smart to go the extra mile and purchase a Travel Insurance Plan from a reliable insurance company like Allianz Global Assistance, so you can have peace of mind. There are numerous plans and policies that are customizable and as unique as the city you’re visiting. But it helps knowing you may be reimbursed for lost baggage, delayed flights, cancelled events, weather, and more.
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