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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.

Must-See Locations

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 cherish.

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