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Best time to cruise to Alaska

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With so much to do across the Last Frontier, you may be wondering when is the best time to make the journey. Whether you’re eager to hike or are hoping to spot some whales, find out the best time to cruise to Alaska in our helpful guide. [More]


5 Remote Locations to Cruise To

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To some people the perfect vision of a holiday is some thorough escapism. What better way to achieve this than cruising to some of the world’s most remote locations. From sunny idyllic islands to rough and moody seaside towns, these special cruise destinations can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to relaxation and rejuvenation. Read on for our favourite five remote locations to cruise to.

1. Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark

 

 

Located in the North Atlantic Ocean above Scotland, between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands consist of an archipelago of 18 volcanic islands. Some of these have as few as nine inhabitants, but capital Torshavn has around 13,000. Cruise lines including Silversea and Saga tend to visit the area in the spring and summer months, but even them temperatures are usually between 4 and 11°C. These stunning islands are perfect for anyone wanting to bask in some rugged wildlife taking in coastal cliffs and a huge variety of birdlife – puffins in particular are populous.

2. Kiriwana, Papua New Guinea

 

 

This is one of the world’s most untouched islands, with an intact and authentic island culture that is prominent all over. With a population of around 12,000 people, Kiriwana boasts a friendly and relaxing atmosphere as well as unspoiled scenery. Think beautiful sandy beaches with luscious forest interiors, it’s a wonderful place for escaping everyday life and simply chilling out. Local markets sometimes sell tasty island food as well as handicraft souvenirs. Explore this gorgeous location with P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises.

3. Komodo Island, Indonesia

 

 

Home to more than 2,000 Komodo dragons, the island is in fact a National Park. The landscape is incredible, consisting of volcanic hilly terrain as well as white sand beaches adjacent to clear warm waters. The dragons roam freely on the island, so visitors with cruise lines like Azamara and Norwegian Cruise Line have a fabulous chance to see these amazing creatures in their natural environment. It’s also possible to go snorkelling or take a boat trip in the surrounding waters to observe some of the local marine life as well.

4. South Georgia, South Atlantic

 

 

One of the gateways to Antarctica, South Georgia is located around 1,550 miles east of the Falkland Islands, and is a British Overseas Territory. It was once the centre for the Southern Ocean whaling industry, and a common stop on many Antarctica expeditions. Today popular adventure cruise lines like Hurtigruten travel to this beautiful location, showing guests around the masses of fjords, glaciers, and varied wildlife.

5. Easter Island, Chile

 

 

The famous heads on Easter Island are a sight that many travellers and holidaymakers dream of seeing one day. The island is Chilean territory, and is more than 2,000 miles from the mainland. The population here is less than 6,000, making it a quiet and tranquil environment with an abundance of open space to explore. This destination is certainly a thought-provoking one, with the mystical and majestic heads dominating the scene. See Easter Island on a cruise with Oceania Cruises and MSC Cruises.



10 Unmissable Natural Wonders

clock 6th February 2015 | comment0 Comments

The changing faces of the world’s landscapes continue to astonish and amaze as they combat impossible obstacles such as erosion, evolution, and climate change. With around 200 natural sites now on the UNESCO World Heritage List and 10% of those already in danger, there is no time like the present to explore and enjoy some of the world’s astounding natural wonders and marvel at their magnificence.

Tour contrasting terrain, sail and swim water flooded wonders, hike high and witness the effects of fire and ice, or gaze skyward for some absolutely awesome solar activity. Make a significant dent on your exploration bucket list with these 10 unmissable natural wonders listed below.

 

Land


Yosemite National Park – California, USA

Yosemite National Park sits centrally in the impressive Sierra Nevada mountain range in the state of sunny California, just three and a half hours from San Francisco. Yosemite, spanning 3,079 km sq encompasses a wealth of natural beauty from colossal cliffs to running waterfalls (including five of the world’s highest), fresh water streams and giant sequoia woods. Changing over time, effects of the ice-age are evident leaving deeper and wider valleys. The breath-taking backdrop of Yosemite Valley is a favourite spot for most visitors and the park is also home to several species of wildlife including coyotes, wolverines and black bears.

 

 

Santa Elena Cloud Forest – Costa Rica (closest port - Puntarenas)

Cloud forests carry an element of enchantment and mystique about them, almost always smothered by vast low hanging cloud cover they are misty in appearance and provide perfect conditions for biodiversity to thrive. The Santa Elena cloud forest in Costa Rica homes a stunning and diverse collection of flora and fauna including over 600 species of Orchids. Now a protected reserve, admission fees collected from tourists contribute to the management and care of the forest. Roughly a two hour drive from port Puntarenas, Santa Elena and neighbouring Monteverde make for a fantastic day trip, just don’t forget your rain mac as rainfall is common in a cloud forest.

 

 

Jurassic Coast – Dorset/ Devon, South Coast of England

The Jurassic Coast stretches an astounding 95 miles along the south coast of England from Devon to Dorset, showing evidence of 185 million years of history. The landscape has built up in an unusual way meaning that rocks dating way back to the Triassic period can be seen even now. A history buffs dream, this intriguing natural wonder of the British Isles can be enjoyed by car, on foot or by sea. The stunning cliff faces, bays and coastline make for a breath-taking backdrop when exploring the south coast. Watch the sunset through the arch at Durdle Door and swim at Dancing Ledge.

 

 

Fire

 

Haukadalur – Iceland, visit from Reykjavik

Haukadalur is the name given to three valleys found in the south of Iceland which exhibit some truly awesome geothermal activity. Witness the physical effects of the lands volcanic internal heat as you wait patiently for geyser’s to intermittently spout water at impressive heights. Hot springs and bubbling pools of mud are a frequent reminder of Iceland’s volcanic vitality. The Golden Circle tour is a popular route for visitors as it stops by the geysers along with the magnificent Gulfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park. Golden Circle Tours depart frequently from Reykjavik.

 

 

Piton de la FournaiseReunion Island, Indian Ocean

As one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Reunion Island’s Piton de la Fournaise has a spitting fiery pit of red hot lava that spouts consistently day and night. The last eruption on record to date is as recent as June 2014. Categorised as a shield volcano, Piton de la Fournaise is large and broad with far travelling fluid lava flows. Accustomed to life below the domineering volcano, the locals have embraced their situation by leading hikes and tours up to the crater rim. Those brave enough can camp overnight or take a scenic helicopter tour overhead for brilliant birds-eye views. Small in size and often overlooked, Reunion Island is great in natural attractions and brimming with adventure for those daring enough.

 

 

Galapagos Islands – Ecuador, South America

The Galapagos Islands are a fascinating archipelago 906km from the pacific coast of Ecuador. The islands were formed as a result of repeated volcanic activity and developed over millions of years. Now totalling in twenty unique islands, only four are inhabited by humans but almost all are home to a rare selection of intriguing flora and fauna only found in the Galapagos. Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection was massively influenced by his time on the islands and there is now a visitor friendly research centre in his name located on Isla Santa Cruz. The best way to explore the Galapagos Islands is by cruise as you can easily visit multiple islands. Jump right in to snorkel with the welcoming seals, dive with sharks and spot countless bird species. The islands are within a protected park and may not always be accessible to tourism, so time is of the essence.

 

 

Ice

 

Antarctic Peninsula Antarctica

Few sites are able to match the overwhelming natural beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, which is why many travel far and wide to witness its hundreds of unique icy islands first hand. Magnificent glaciers are formed due to the consistent presence of snow falling over several years and condensing to form individual islands of ice. Sailing amongst them can be a remarkable experience and you can also take pleasure in spotting the local wildlife from penguins to seals and seabirds. A magnificent mountainous backdrop links the Andes mountain range of South America through submerged peaks deep below sea level. Climate change affects the Antarctic Peninsula greatly so see it now while you still can.

 

 

 

Water

 

The Blue HoleBelize, Central America

With worldwide recognition and known simply as “The Blue Hole” you can expect to be in for something special when sailing to this undeniably eye-popping natural wonder in Belize. With a diameter of 300m this great submarine sinkhole displays a dramatic pupil like appearance from above. Those visiting from sea level with a keen interest in diving can be rewarded with excellent deep sea exploration and potential sightings of hammerheads, nurse sharks and giant groupers amongst others. The Blue Hole reaches 124m deep and is a truly fascinating example of natural water wonders on earth.

 

 

 

Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia, Europe

Why make a journey to visit one waterfall when you can see several in one stunning destination. Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest in south eastern Europe and can be found halfway between Zagreb and Zadar, not far from the coast of Croatia. Known affectionately as “the land of the falling lakes” Plitvice boasts 8km of sixteen picturesque lakes connected by countless gushing waterfalls. Flowing for thousands of years over limestone and chalk, the water has naturally created dams and subsequently the pretty lakes that can be seen today. The National Park stretches 300km and contains rich green woodland plus a plethora of local wildlife including bears and wolves.

 

 

Air

 

Star Gazing - Mauna Kea, Hawaii

There are many places on earth that claim to be ideal for star gazing but when one of them is also the home of several official observatories you know you’re on to something good. The dormant volcano, Mauna Kea, marks Hawaii’s highest peak and is a crucial destination for star gazers and scientists. At 4205m above sea level and with clear air from low light pollution, this is one of the best sites in the world to observe the dazzling star spangled night sky. You may feel a twinge of altitude sickness as you ascend but the view is incomparable and definitely worth the journey.

 

 

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Top 5 Cities To Visit In December

clock 27th November 2014 | comment0 Comments

Has anyone else looked at the date this week and said "I can’t believe how quick this year has gone?". I am sure we all say it every year, but I really cannot believe how quickly December has crept up on me this year.

As the shops put up their festive displays, Christmas songs blast into our car and we frantically search for the perfect Christmas party outfit…at the blink of an eye it is 'that' time of year again.

Travelling during the festive period is the perfect way to get you in the Christmas mood. With magical decorations, jubilant locals and festive markets, make this year your time to experience Christmas like they do in the movies.

Here are my top 5 cities to visit during December:

London

I am guilty of forgetting the magical things I have right on my doorstep. I often look at where I want to venture next without thinking about the areas close to me. It wasn’t until I went ice-skating in London last week that I realised how incredible my own city is during Christmas time.

From the famous Oxford Street lights, to the enchanted ice rink at Somerset House every inch of London contributes to the ultimate Winter Wonderland.

With so many history-enriched buildings, they create the perfect setting for magical lights and vibrant decorations. Even a trip to London to simply walk around and see the decorations is worth-while as they transform you into a state of joyous emotion.

For a romantic experience take a stroll along Southbank, for a family adventure enjoy the fun of Hyde park’s Winter Wonderland or if travelling alone stroll through the Christmas Markets in Covent Garden.  Stop over in London before embarking on a cruise from Southampton.

Bruges

The chocolate box of the world, nowhere else in the world makes you feel as festive as Bruges. Picturesque all year round, however Bruges truly comes alive during December. Home to the best Christmas markets in the world and largest array of Christmas décor, it is the perfect city to prepare you for the big day.

Referred to as the Venice of the North, the winding canals that bisect the quaint streets make this city a unique and magical place that captures the heart of every visitor.

Famous for their Christmas markets, Zeebrugge takes this time of year very seriously. Decorating every building, monument and tree with wonderful lights and extraordinary decorations, you will not want to forget your camera.  Visit Briges on a river cruise.

New York

Everyone watches Home Alone 2 and dreams of visiting New York during the holiday period. Does it really look that spectacular at Christmas? Yes it does.

Home to one of the only Christmas parades, this is something you should experience once in your life. Months of preparing grand floats and costumes all contribute to one of the most magical parades you will ever see, completed with Santa Claus himself closing the parade.

The famous Rockafella Centre is the most popular image used for Christmas and these images can only really be appreciated when you experience them for yourself. The grand ice rink sits in front of the iconic building, lined with hundreds of lights. The icing on the cake is the grandest Christmas tree that stands in front of the rink (the one you see in all the pictures).

Representing everything we love about this time of year, New York is 'the' place to truly warm your heart.

Dublin

Home to the largest selection of beer, traditional pubs and boutique shopping, Dublin is the number one city for weekend breaks. Popular all year round, it is December that turns this city into a winter playground.  Whether you go to do your Christmas shopping, indulge on some hearty cuisine or simply enjoy a pint in festive surroundings, Dublin has everything you would want for a Christmas getaway.

A city that likes to put on a show, there are a range of Christmas events for you to enjoy. From turning on the lights to the festive street markets and parades, every day during December will be spectacular.  A great city for family fun, Dublin is home to an array of activities for the whole family to enjoy, from Christmas fun fairs, to Santa’s grottos and sing along fetes.

Onboard

Ok I know it is not technically a city but nowhere else gives me a festive buzz like a cruise ship.  Decked out from bow to stern in Christmas decorations, there is something about being on a cruise ship at Christmas that reflects an atmosphere like nowhere else.

It is not only the décor that make a cruise ship the ultimate Christmas destination, the festive activities, exotic destinations, happy crew and special visits from Santa Claus create everything you need for a Christmas to never forget.  The crew really do want everyone onboard to have the best Christmas and their joyous personalities are extremely infectious. There is something about their mood that can instantly put a smile on your face.

With cruise ships travelling all over the world in December, you can gather around a Christmas tree and celebrate almost anywhere in the world.


By Sally Grimes



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