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The Best Cruise Destinations for Wildlife

clock 19th March 2018 | comment0 Comments

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.

 

 

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.

 



Discover Queensland

clock 11th October 2017 | comment0 Comments

Australasia cruises generally include a number of fantastic Australian cities among their ports of call, and when deciding which cruise is right for you it can be a little confusing to determine exactly where and what you want to see. To try to help put things into focus, we’ve made this short, handy guide about what can be found in one of the country's most popular regions – discover Queensland on a cruise to Australia.



Port Douglas for The Great Barrier Reef 

 

Encompassing the majority of the country’s northeast corner, the state has almost 7000km of coastline. It will come as no surprise then, to learn that Queensland is home to the infamous Great Barrier Reef. More than two million visitors are drawn to this incredible underwater spectacle every year, where adventurers can see over 1,500 species of fish, 134 species of sharks and sting rays, and more than 500 types of coral.





Abel Point Marina for The Whitsundays

 

While the Great Barrier Reef obviously steals the focus in this region – for good reason – Queensland does have many other fantastic places that should not be missed. The Whitsundays, for example, are a truly beautiful attraction. This archipelago of 74 islands is perfect for sailing, due to the calm and clear waters. With luck, you might see dolphins, sea turtles, and even whales.

 

Yorkey's Knob Port for Cairns



Cairns is another area of Queensland that you should try to find time for. Here you can get your cultural fix in the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, embrace the local lifestyle in world-class bars and restaurants, and get back to nature in the Daintree National Park – thought to be the oldest rainforest on earth.





The Port of Brisbane

 

Not forgetting the state capital – Brisbane. Peppered with beautiful parks, historical buildings, and more stunning beaches, this is another place you’ll need more than a few hours to explore! Highlights include Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo – only an hour drive away – which is home to all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures. Or visit the fascinating Sciencentre, various museums, and fantastic Brisbane Botanical Gardens.

Our guide merely skims the surface of everything this brilliant corner of Australia has to offer, and if you do decide to visit the state, it is highly likely that you will end up planning a return trip.

 

Look at our Australasia cruises, and start planning your next adventure straight away.



Top 5 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

clock 12th August 2016 | comment0 Comments

Updated February 2017

 

We take an in depth look at Brazil's passionate heart and soul. Read on for the top five things to do in Rio.

 

Cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain

The city of Rio is by far one of the most breathtaking cities in the world, where vibrant beaches meet modern architecture mixed with verdant rainforests and soaring mountains. This incredible view can only really be seen from above and the Sugarloaf Cable Car is the ultimate way to experience this.

Sugarloaf Mountain is one of the world’s most famous natural landmarks and stands on top on this phenomenal city. The cable car is divided into two stages: the first goes from Praia Vermelha to Morro de Urca and the second from Morro da Ulca to the tip of Sugarloaf Mountain. Reaching an altitude of 528 metres, these cable cars travel at a fairly slow pace allowing you to catch every inspirational view on the way.

The most captivating sight you will ever experience will be the Rio beaches, Dedo de Deus (God’s Finer), Rio Niteroi Bridge and the bright city that shows off it's dynamic lifestyle even from above.

 

Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Sugarloaf Mountain

 

Go to a carnival

Everyone knows about Rio Carnival. The most famous carnival in the world truly celebrates what this country is all about – dancing, fun and parties!

Although the main carnival is held in February, if you are not lucky enough to go during this time rest assured there will be a carnival happening somewhere. In fact, Brazilians are known for having any excuse to throw a carnival party.

I would not believe anyone who goes to a carnival in Brazil and says they didn't want to join in. From the extreme costumes, happy music and sensational dancing, nowhere else in the world could put on a show like this.

Even if you stand on the sideline, the spirit of Carnival and the locals will entice you. Read more about the world's best festivals.

 

Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Rio Carnival

 

Dance

Brazilians are known for their love of dance. Everywhere you turn, even if it’s just along the street there will be someone moving to the sounds of music. Whether first thing in the morning or in a night club, there is never a bad time to put on your dancing shoes.

From the famous Brazilian Samba to the romantic Latin tango, these guys really know how to take control of any dance floor. You cannot stand and watch this happen around you, your trip to Rio will not be complete unless you test your dancing feet. The great thing is the locals are just as willing to teach you as they are to dance amongst themselves.

There is a venue for every taste, from the larger nightclubs to the smaller local hangouts, dancing will play a key part of every venue.

If you're a solo traveller and love to dance, take a look at our post about dancing options for single cruisers.

 

Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Dancing

 

Participate in beach activities

Endless beaches line the city of Rio and act as a carefree backyard to the exotic lifestyle lived here. From the small secluded beach areas to the lively Copacabana beach, a trip to Rio will have you experience 'beach life' like never before.

From tiny bikinis, market stalls and barbecues serving local cuisine, there is no shortage of exciting things to see and do upon these lively shores. However the main thing seen here is the array of beach activities and competitions being played by both locals and tourists.

Beach volleyball, polo and surfing are among the activities you should try when visiting these shores. If you are unsure of how to play, the locals are more than happy to show you and make you feel included.

Fun fact: Brazillians do not take towels to the beach, the women will use their sarong to lay on and the men will use a chair. Using a towel will ensure everyone knows you are a tourist.

 

Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Beach

 

Watch the sunset

As if this city is not striking enough, as the sun sets it projects a luminous glow over every inch. The beaches will be covered in palm tree silhouettes and the mountains create giant shadows on the side of the radiant buildings. Accompanied by sounds of exotic music and cocktails being served, I would recommend you take in a sunset if nothing else.

Although experiencing it from the top of Sugarloaf mountain is an unforgettable experience, it is just as inspiring from the beach, your hotel balcony or cruise ship.

Most of us think of a sunset as the close of a day, however in Brazil it is often referred to as the beginning of the night. As the sun goes to bed, the bars and streets come alive with the most exciting nightlife in the world.

 

Things to do in Rio De Janeiro: Watch the Sunset

 

Visit Rio on a cruise with these cruise lines MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Princess Cruises, Hurtigruten, Cunard, Celebrity and more.

 

See cruises to Rio de Janeiro.



Tick off your bucket list on a world cruise

clock 31st July 2015 | comment0 Comments

Updated December 2017

Many people hear the term “bucket list” and jump to the conclusion that this is a list only for the adventurous. Those who wish to skydive, climb Mount Everest, or race around a Formula 1 track before they deem themselves unable.

But the truth is, a bucket list is a hugely meaningful and personal collection of things you hope to achieve during your lifetime. Your life goal to-do-list can be as adventurous or as simple as you like. But the most important thing to consider when making it is that you include realistic and achievable goals that suit your lifestyle. Nothing feels better than actually being able to tick off your achievements and make space for more.

 

 

So, what to include in your bucket list? Learning a new skill or language both often feature highly as goals, whilst a common top spot is reserved for travel. A trip overseas can fulfil many of your life desires, and with careful planning and consideration you could even tick off three or four from your top 10 in one trip.

If you’re adding travel to your to-do list but aren’t sure where to begin, a world cruise could be the answer you’re looking for. With inspiring itineraries sometimes lasting up to six months, you can not only visit the places you have always dreamed of, but also experience the ones you didn’t even know about.

World exploration can enrich your life in so many ways; take it from the people who know and check out some real cruisers' reviews of their life-changing world cruises in the video below.



 

Still looking for inspiration on your bucket list travel goals? Here are a handful of our own . . .


Dive the Great Barrier Reef

 

See one of the world’s greatest natural wonders and scuba dive the incredible Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This stunning site is accessible from northern tropical Queensland, and can be discovered in many ways. Stroll along the white sandy beaches of the Whitsunday Islands, or take a glass-bottomed boat ride or float plane to see some awesome views.

Dance in Rio de Janeiro

 

Rio de Janeiro is the soulful and electrifying heart of Brazil, which oozes authentic Latin American spirit. An evening here is like none other on earth; feel the music pumping from every corner bar, and witness a beautiful explosion of colours as the adorned bold and beautiful come out to dance. Take a dance lesson, or go with the flow and salsa with new friends.

See the sunset over Sydney Harbour

 

Fill your glass and watch the sun setting over the iconic Sydney Opera House and superb Sydney Harbour. As the sun sets on this captivating city, day turns to night and the city lights beckon you to shore. Meet the laid back locals, indulge in the freshest of seafood, or take in a lively and unforgettable evening of Aussie entertainment.

Walk the Great Wall of China

 

Known to the world as The Great Wall, and in China as the Long Fortress, this undeniable feat of Chinese engineering will more than meet your expectations. Go back in time and visualise the ancient Chinese Empire holding the fort from Mongolian Nomads. The wall itself reaches 8,850 km, and you can walk various sections of it for some breath taking landscape views.

Have a luau in Hawaii

 

Even the palm trees in Hawaii can’t resist swaying to the enchanting island beat. Go barefoot on the beach and follow the sounds and scents of an alluring Hawaiian luau. A Hawaiian party will awaken all your senses with a mouth-watering all you can eat feast, fire throwing dancers, lively music and much more.



View our world cruise deals and find your perfect once in a lifetime journey.

 

More information on world cruises.

 





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