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Top 10 Destinations Best Accessed On A Cruise

14 November 2013

Norwegian Fjords

Updated March 2017

With over 195 countries in the world there is so much to explore and the desire to travel is now a significant part of our lives.

People of all ages have a craving to delve into the cultures, food, lifestyle and scenery of different countries and with the travel industry continuously growing, the world is quite literally everyones oyster.

Almost every country can be accessed on a cruise and cruise lines now offer exciting and unique itineraries all over the world. With some destinations only able to be accessed on water, cruising gives you exclusive access to explore certain destinations in maximum depth.

Here are my top 10 destinations that are best discovered on a cruise:

1. The Norwegian Fjords

A place so magical that even the sun is afraid to set here, the Norwegian Fjords is an area of extreme beauty. With deep carved inlets, snow covered mountains, striking glaciers and quaint scattered villages throughout, there is nowhere else in the world quite like this. A cruise around this magical area will allow you to see some of the most captivating views, as well as stopping at iconic ports for you to get a taste of what true Nordic culture is all about.

2. Alaska

Alaska is a haven of mystical sights and enchanted areas that have never been touched. Enter a journey of discovery as you sail through crystal glaciers and whale populated waters. This part of the world cannot be appreciated in full depth unless you experience it on a cruise as you will sail close to the incredible formations and to the vast array of wildlife.

3. Panama Canal

Only able to be experienced on water, the Panama Canal is regarded as one of the most fascinating creations in the world. This narrow stretch of water that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean will see ships being raised over 25 metres as they pass through the gripping locks. The incredible views of lush forests, interesting wildlife and local communities you will experience here will create everlasting memories.

4. Hawaii

The Hawaiian islands are described as some of the most stunning islands in the world and with all of them being in a close proximity of each other, makes them conveniently accessible on a cruise. An area of tropical luxury where postcard views become reality, there is nowhere else in the world quite like the Hawaiian islands. With a combination of tropical rainforests, crystal clear waters and heavenly beaches, a cruise here will see you embark on a unique adventure.

5. Galapagos

Situated alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands are a mysterious, untouched land of extinct wildlife and incredible natural scenery. The islands are ruled by an array of unusual animal life including the giant tortoise and the land iguana. Named as a 'showcase of evolution' a cruise to this truly unique part of the world will ensure you gather life changing memories.

6. Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are a paradise of white sandy beaches, coral gardens, incredible marine life and beautiful local towns. The combination of natural beauty and cosmopolitan style make these islands a haven of tropical adventures. A cruise here will ensure you make the most of all of the islands and enjoy the extensive range of excursions including island tours and snorkelling.

7. Suez Canal

Experiencing a cruise through the Suez Canal is sure to give you one of the most unique experiences of your life. Running 100 miles between the sand dunes of Sinai and the Nile River, this stretch of water will allow you to see some truly exquisite views. Deserted islands combined with the exciting sight of vast ships waiting to enter the canal at the Red Sea entrance sets up for a once in a lifetime experience.

8. Mexican Riviera

The Mexican Riviera is known for its coastal beaches and exciting cities that scream adventure. Due to the array of different areas of Mexico to visit, seeing it on a cruise is definitely worthwhile. Mexico is packed with rich culture and is home to some of the oldest ruins in the world. With its unique combination of history, busy cities, stunning beaches and diverse cultures, this part of the world is certainly worth taking a cruise to.

9. The Caribbean

The Caribbean islands are the most picturesque islands in the world and it has been revealed that 8 in 10 people dream about visiting this part of the world. With over 6,000 individual islands, it is hard to decide which one to take a holiday to Allowing you to visit multiple islands in the same week, a Caribbean cruise is a must for everyone, with some cruise lines even owning their own exclusive island for their guests. Whether you're a family of four or going solo, these exclusive islands have activities, dining and relaxation opportunities for everyone. Virgin Voyages, an adults-only cruise line, boasts six bars, private cabanas and vibrant pool parties as well as soothing acoustic tunes beside a beach bonfire at dusk. From the crystal clear beaches and tropical forests to the bright villages and cosmopolitan shopping areas, the Caribbean is certainly a fascinating part of the world to visit.

10. Bermuda

Bermuda is the little gem of the ocean that dominates the mysterious 'Bermuda triangle'. A cruise here will allow you to experience impressive island views as you sail in and out and upon arrival you will get to explore this picture-perfect area of stunning beaches, graceful British towns and world-class restaurants. Many cruise lines offer overnight stays in Bermuda so that guests can fully experience the true beauty of this iconic island.

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