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5 Great Things about Cruising in South America

6th April 2018

While many of us may have the curiosity and temptation to visit South America, it can seem like a somewhat daunting idea to travel there independently. Thankfully though, many cruise lines offer fantastic itineraries in this destination which include stops in all the most exciting places. So if there’s anything left stopping you, get the inspiration you need with these 5 great things about cruising in South America.

 

Peruvian Food

 

 

Peru certainly has a lot to offer its visitors. With Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, and the Ballestas Islands among the top attractions, it’s easy to forget the more matter-of-fact aspects that the country has in store – one of which is the food. Peruvian food is among the best in South America, and capital Lima boasts some of the world’s top restaurants. Here are some must-try dishes:

  • Ceviche – probably Peru’s most famous dish, ceviche is made with raw fish, lime juice, and chilli
  • Lomo Saltado – similar to a beef stir-fry, this hearty, flavoursome dish will certainly satisfy your appetite
  • Papa a la Huancaína – boiled potatoes served with an egg, in a creamy yet spicy yellow sauce
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    Rio’s Atmosphere

     

     

    The world famous Rio carnival has given this capital a reputation it certainly deserves. While the event goes on for only around 10 days, the fun, party atmosphere is evident year-round. You’ll find that both residents and visitors like to spend their days sipping on cocktails and sunbathing on a beach like Copacabana or Ipanema, before heading to the vibrant streets of the city for food, drink, and dancing in the evenings. The friendly attitude of the locals is infectious, as are the sounds of musicians, whose tunes will stay in your head for days.

     

    Amazonian Wildlife

     

     

    On many South American cruises guests will get the opportunity to experience part of the beautiful Amazon rainforest. Stretching around 5.5million km over 9 countries, this incredible part of the world is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which can be seen along its river banks. Sit back as you glide along one of the many rivers, and watch as the wildlife begins to reveal itself. Spot howler monkeys and sloths in amongst the trees, caimans on the edge of the water, and swooping macaws overhead. A cruise in the Amazon is among the best options for a wildlife cruise.

     

    Chilean Views

     

     

    At 2,500 miles from North to South, Chile is the longest country in the world – and as such all kinds of climate can be found across the country. Find extremes like the driest desert on earth - Atacama – in the North, to the impressive ice fields in the south. On a cruise to Chile, passengers will see scenery like never before, including some incredible fjords in the labyrinth of land that makes up the southern tip of the country, and the majestic glaciers in the Patagonian ice fields. Watch in awe as you sail past some of the most stunning views you will ever encounter.

     

    Cultural History

     

     

    South America has a vast and interesting cultural history, having been home to a number of different ethnic groups throughout the years. Incas, Mayans, Aztecs, Quechuas, and Muiscas – to name just a few of the more well-known civilisations – have all had a huge influence on today’s South America, and there is plenty of evidence of this all over. From famous sites like Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza, to the continued use of the ancient Quechuan language, and the traditional recipes still seen in rural areas, it’s clear to see that the significance of these cultures lives on.

    See our range of cruises to South America and find out more about your next adventure.


    Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

    28th March 2018

    Fort Lauderdale is a common starting point for many Caribbean cruises, and while many guests tend to arrive just in time to embark, the city itself certainly warrants several days of exploring. So instead of simply using Fort Lauderdale as a start or end point, consider spending a bit of extra time here. To help with a little inspiration, here are our favourite things to do in Fort Lauderdale.

     

     

    Relax on the beach

    With over 23 miles of beaches with promenades, there’s plenty of room for everyone to make the most of Fort Lauderdale’s balmy temperatures, which average at 25°C. Whether you prefer sunbathing with a book and a cocktail, or walking along the beach occasionally dipping your toes in the sea, spending time relaxing at one of the many beaches will leave you feeling soothed and refreshed.

    Look around the art district

    Many visitors are unaware of Fort Lauderdale’s dynamic art scene. Made up of four city blocks, the art district – known as F.A.T Village – is a fantastic hub for all things creative. With impressive colourful murals, galleries and shops showcasing local creations, and charming cafes and coffee shops, an afternoon spent here can be interesting and culturally enriching.

     

     

    Discover the Everglades

    The Everglades National Park is around an hour from Fort Lauderdale, and offers the perfect chance to get closer to nature and explore some unspoiled landscape. Try an exhilarating air boat ride where you glide swiftly across the wetlands, taking in some gorgeous scenery, birdlife, and with any luck the famed Floridian ‘gators will also make an appearance.

     

     

    Explore Venetian-style canals

    When exploring Fort Lauderdale, be sure to make the most of the city’s extensive canal network. Nicknamed the 'Venice of America', the waterways are not only pretty, but they can be convenient for traversing the city via boat or water taxi. Opting for this mode of transport will also enable you to see some of the gorgeous mansions found in Fort Lauderdale, which are owned by various celebrities and millionaires.

     

     

    Savour delicious food

    Known as the Sunshine State, Florida is unsurprisingly home to some great quality produce. From perfectly crisp orange juice, to bright red and juicy tomatoes, the state has the very best ingredients to create some incredible culinary treats. Thanks to the heavy Caribbean influence here, an incredible cuisine known as Floribbean has been born - try all kinds of unique, world class food including seafood and even alligator if you’re feeling adventurous. 

    Discover the beautiful and lively city of Fort Lauderdale on an exciting Caribbean cruise.


    Top 10 Things to do in Japan

    26th March 2018

    Steeped in history and a rich culture, Japan offers all sorts of wonderful places to see, and unique experiences waiting to be had. If you'll be visiting on an exciting Far East cruise, take a little inspiration from our top 10 things to do in Japan! [More]

    Our Top 5 Expedition Cruise Destinations

    22nd March 2018

    As more cruise lines are offering holidays to the world’s more remote destinations, visiting places you never thought you would is becoming increasingly easier. Whether you’re interested in meeting new people all over the globe, trying different foods, seeing some incredible wildlife, or gazing in awe at beautiful scenery, an expedition cruise can certainly deliver. Here are our top 5 expedition cruise destinations.

    South America

     

     

    From the busy streets of Rio and incredible steak in Argentina, to majestic Machu Picchu and Chile’s stunning fjords, those who opt for an expedition cruise in South America are in for some amazing experiences. Many cruise lines who travel to this part of the world offer some fantastic, bucket-list opportunities. These might include exploring part of the Amazon rainforest, dining with a local community, or experiencing the modern wonder that is the Panama Canal.

    Antarctica

     

     

    One of the world’s most remote areas, Antarctica is absolutely breath-taking. With an almost unnerving vastness, the sight of the environment alone is one that you will remember forever. Imagine sitting on the deck of your cruise ship while watching the passing glaciers, glass-like sea, and stunning wildlife that passes by. You could see penguins, whales, and huge sea lions, not to mention the many different species of birds. On exhilarating excursions led by guides it’s often possible to get up close and personal with this remarkable natural beauty. However, even when you're simply relaxing on the top deck, you'll have many opportunities to spot fascinating wildlife, thanks to these expertly designed Antarctica cruise ships.

    Galapagos Islands

     

     

    Known for its abundance of wildlife, more and more cruise lines are offering expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands. This Ecuadorean archipelago is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, many of which can’t be found anywhere else. Be sure to look out for the Galapagos penguin – the only penguin that lives in the Northern Hemisphere – as well as iguanas, giant tortoises, and the red or blue footed booby bird. This destination is certainly a must-see for anyone who appreciates wildlife.

    Indian Ocean

     

     

    A cruise in the Indian Ocean can transport you to what feels like an entirely different world. From the beautiful beaches and views found in Goa, and expansive golden sand dunes in Abu Dhabi, to the wonderful wildlife in Africa, this part of the world has something to interest everyone. Feel yourself become entirely immersed in the different cultures here, meeting some of the friendliest people, eating some of the most delicious food, and seeing some extraordinary natural sites.

    Australia & New Zealand

     

     

    In addition to the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, Australasia is home to plenty more fascinating locations. New Zealand’s breath-taking scenery can seem almost otherworldly, and the famous glow-worms are certainly a sight to behold. Discover some off-the-beaten-track spots in these gorgeous countries, and get to know more about the cultures and traditions that live on in many areas. An expedition cruise to this part of the world can bring all kinds of fantastic surprises.

     

    Expedition Cruising with Silversea Cruises

     

    One cruise line that is thoroughly devoted to destination immersion is Silversea Cruises. This luxury cruise line enables guests to really get to know the places they visit, by exploring a wide range of areas and providing some brilliant, enriching excursions.

     

     

    Silversea Cruises’ Immersive Opportunities

    With Silversea Cruises, you can relish in local hospitality while trying new cuisines, see a variety of cultural performances, and take part in some really special excursions. Look over the incredible and mysterious Nazca lines from a small plane, discover some amazing eco-systems in the rainforest, or buy some authentic Indian spices in Cochin’s pretty markets. These are just a few of the fantastic opportunities guests can make the most of on a Silversea Cruises expedition adventure.

    Silversea Cruises’ Ships

    Many Silversea Cruises ships venture to expedition destinations, giving guests ample choice with regards to where they visit, dates, and ship. Rest assured that all vessels can be relied upon to provide outstanding standards of luxury, with great service, dining, and onboard facilities. Enjoy delicious cuisine at The Restaurant, where you will find regional specialities as well as firm favourites, before learning more about a new culture or a fascinating piece of history at a lecture, or seeing a local performance onboard.

    Browse through Silversea's expedition cruises on Silver Galapagos, Silver Explorer, and Silver Discoverer to see which fascinating destinations you could explore.


    The Best Cruise Destinations for Wildlife

    19th March 2018

    Our world is home to an incredible array of flora and fauna. Landscapes are teeming with millions of species, and some of the creatures you spot on a wildlife cruise could even date back millennia. The ever-changing environments of the world give life to weird and wonderful creatures, and new species are constantly being discovered. Often the best way to see these is by cruise – on which there are usually plenty of excursions and exploring opportunities. Here are some of our top wildlife-viewing destinations.

    Amazon River Cruises

    One of the most well-known rivers in the world, the Amazon river reaches just less than 7000km, through Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil. It’s home to over 50,000 plant and tree species, over 430 mammal species, and over 1000 species of amphibians. Not to mention the various reptiles, birds, and fish. In the Amazon animals need to disguise themselves from prey, so to spot wildlife you’ll often have to be very quiet and patient. If you’re lucky you could catch sight of the pink river dolphin, the three-toed sloth, or the squirrel monkey to name a few. Spot the powerful jaws of a black caiman as it chows down on its prey, and watch in awe as the bright and colourful macaws swoop past. Cruise lines like Cunard and Viking often cover parts of the Amazon when passing through Brazil or South America in general.

     

     

    Indonesia

    Indonesia might not be your go-to destination for a wildlife cruise but the creatures here are incredibly diverse; from the great apes to the legendary Komodo dragons. With so many different islands offering hugely different habitats, you’ll rarely see the same animal from one isle to the next. That means cruising is one of the best ways to see several different parts Indonesia. On Kalimantan you could spot orangutans swinging in trees, or on Papua try to glimpse the elusive tree kangaroos. In Sumatra, you’ll actually be able to witness tigers, rhinos, elephants, and orangutans living together – the only place on earth! And you’ll surely fall in love with the wide-eyed Tarsius Tarsier (owl monkey) in Sulawesi.

     

     

    Galapagos

    The remote Galapagos Islands are an excellent showcase of biodiversity, boasting species that are unseen anywhere else in the world and hold an almost mythological status. A major highlight of any visit here is the chance to see the legendary Galapagos penguins - the only penguins to live north of the equator in the wild. The islands are also well-known for the giant Galapagos Tortoise, which can famously live for several centuries and is the largest species of tortoise in the world. Other highlights include the red-footed and blue-footed booby birds, flightless cormorants, the waved albatross, and a huge diversity of marine life. Silversea Cruises and Celebrity Cruises are two of the only cruise lines to venture into this remote region with specially designed expedition ships. Curious about the best time to go, or just looking for some helpful hints? Check out our top Galapagos cruise tips.

     

     

    Alaska

    Alaska is a true bucket list destination and it’s not hard to see why; surrounded by soaring snowy peaks and an abundance of wildlife it offers an experience unlike any other. You can often catch a glimpse of eagles hungrily surveying the coastline, or humpbacked whales playing in the icy channels. Spot a moose with her calf with the sound of a wolves howl in the background, or catch a grizzly emerging from its den. Locations like the Sitka Heritage Park and Icy Strait Point offer prime wildlife viewing opportunities for the likes of sea otters, whales, and bears, and most cruise lines that traverse Alaska will offer a range of fantastic excursions to give you more chance to see these. Princess Cruises and Holland America Line even offer optional land programmes with stays in wilderness lodges, putting you right in the heart of Alaska’s wildlife.

     

     

    Antarctica

    Find yourself in one of the most remote areas in the world, surrounded by vast white horizons and oceans brimming with icebergs, glaciers, and marine life. On a cruise to the Antarctic you’re likely to dock in several locations on the continent, giving you an unbelievable up-close experience with all sorts of different wildlife. Come face to face with colonies of penguins, seals, whales, and a stunning array of seabirds. It’s possible to take an exhilarating expedition cruise here with Hurtigruten, Scenic Cruises, and Ponant. Onboard a carefully crafted Anatarctica cruise ship, you'll be able to get to the very heart of the destination.

     


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