World Review: Choosing A Cruise Destination
by Roy Witman © 2008
These days, the world is at your fingertips. Say the
word and you can quickly book a cruise to any of the
seven continents. With so many destinations
available, how in the world do you choose where to
go? Perhaps a quick overview of some exotic, exciting
and eclectic spots can help you narrow it down.
Some ports are simply “must-sees.” At some
point in your life, you really should make time to visit
these destinations. They include:
Hawaii - At the entrance to the South
Pacific, the Hawaiian Islands deliver more than you
could possibly hope for. Almost everyone who visits
Hawaii swears they'll return. From white-sand
beaches with vibrant-blue water to wild orchids that
grow by the roadside, your eyes are on constant alert
for new, remarkable sites. Of course, surfing, scuba
diving, whale watching, volcano exploration, world-
class golf and more ensure Hawaii lives up to its
name of “paradise.” If you love being out in the warm
weather and bright sunshine and your family craves
an active vacation, Hawaii might be for you.
Europe - With more to see than do,
Europe is filled with history, architecture and food!
Tours of ancient churches, castles and other
buildings comprise many of the excursions available
throughout Russia, England, Spain, Italy and France.
Temperatures vary greatly with the four seasons.
Caribbean - Oftentimes, the first
cruise “beginners” take is to the Caribbean. This area
contains several of the most-visited ports in the world.
St. Thomas probably ranks #1 followed by Nassau,
Bahamas. The Caribbean is broken into three
sections: western, eastern and southern. Regardless
of which you choose, you'll find small islands dressed
with white-sand beaches and swaying palm trees.
Sound familiar? The Caribbean is rather like a
miniature version of Hawaii. With lots of activities as
well as ample opportunities to relax, St. Thomas, St.
Maarten, St. Kitts, Nassau, Freeport and other islands
give you a lot for your money.
Mexican Rivera - Cabo San Lucas, Puerto
Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cozumel are well-known
names in the Mexican Rivera. An electic mixture of
ancient ruins, modern facilities, vast marketplaces
and gorgeous beaches, you'll find plenty of activities
for you and your family. Temperatures are normally
warm, so swimsuits are a must!
Alaska - Another popular U.S. destination,
Alaska is a different type of vacation. The cold doesn't
stop adventure seekers! Glacier exploration,
rainforest expeditions, helicopter tours and an
unbelievable variety of wildlife make Alaska some
place truly special. For those who prefer to relax,
shops and restaurants are plentiful.
Best-Kept Secret Destinations
If you've docked at the most popular ports and are
now looking to escape to some little known
destinations, try a few of these best-kept secrets.
Galápagos Islands - The Galápagos
Islands are, without a doubt, one of the most diverse
destinations any traveler can experience.
Approximately half of the species of animals and
plants on the Galápagos Islands are found nowhere
else in the world. With flamingos, giant tortoises and
red-sand beaches, those who are looking for a new
form of adventure will certainly find it here.
Greenland - The free-range reindeer
might make you think you've landed at Santa's
workshop, but that's not the case. Greenland lets you
experience an entirely new civilization complete with
working reindeer farms, local tanneries and
museums. A central point of the former Viking culture,
Greenland retains its rich heritage and opens its
doors for the whole world to see.
Norway - Majestic mountains -
snowcapped in the winter months - are echoed by
deep canyons carved by centuries of rushing water.
Ancient architecture and astonishing natural scenery
keep your senses at full tilt. Kayaking, hiking and even
nature safaris will bring you closer to the exceptional
natural beauty only found in Norway.
The world is waiting! Choose a destination and
start exploring today. With so much to do and see, any
cruise you take will be an experience you'll
Read more about European Cruises.
Read more about Caribbean Cruises.
Read more about Alaska Cruises.
Read more about Hawaii Cruises.
Read more about Mediterranean Cruises.