Many potential travelers yearn to see and understand what a tropical rain forest is all about. Small nature-oriented cruise ships offer a way to visit the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica's west coast, including Curu, Corcovado, Manuel Antono, and Cano Island.
An encounter with Egypt's pharaonic treasures could start in Cairo, with a look at the pyramids of Giza and at the Egyptian Museum, which displays the King Tut tomb artifacts. Then travel to Abu Simbel to see the colossal Ramses II statues. Finally, cruise the Nile between Aswan and Luxor, with attention to the great tombs of Ramses II and Nefertari at Luxor.
This article describes the pleasures of a West Mexico cruise along the "Mexican Riviera" with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan.
The Wind Spirit ranks as an upscale small ship, and it's a great way to cruise the Caribbean.
Summer visitors come each year to Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, mainly by cruise ship, to experience the glaciers and the wildlife., such as humpback whales.
Cruising the Norway coastal fjords on Bergen Line freighters will appeal to the cruise travel adventurer who delights in a modern freighter and ship. Their Norwegian Coastal Voyage cruise, on ships such as the Nordlys, stops at Alta, Nordkapp,Hammefest, and Trondheim. The cruise is also known as the hurtigruten.
A cruise in the Baltic can take you on shore excursions to some of Europe's most intriguing cities. My favorite ports on a Princess Cruise in the Baltic were St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Berlin via Hamburg.
Hawaii became available dependably and year round on the cruise scene, due to the commitment of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) to position an American-flagged vessel, now Pride of America, in Hawaiian waters.
Some smaller cruise ships and ferries call at or explore Prince Rupert, Ketchikan, Tracy Arms, and Haines. Here are portraits of four lesser-known ports and destinations in Alaska.
The Caribbean is the world's most popular cruise region, due to its sunny weather all year, its proximity to North America, and its many interesting island destinations.
A Southern Caribbean cruise itinerary can begin in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and take in various islands, such as Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, Tortola, and St. Thomas-St. John. Exploring historic San Juan and then choosing nature outings on the islands is a good strategy for the trip. .
Cruising Alaska in summer can include the pleasures of the Inside Passage, Glacier Bay National Park, the capital at Juneau, and the Russian settlement at Sitka.