Around the World Cruise

The Wonders of the Caribbean Islands and the Americas

There is an abundance of natural wonders in all areas of the Caribbean and the Americas, as well as incredibly diverse cultures and lifestyles throughout. The Caribbean is a set of islands from Aruba and Antigua to St. Martin and Puerto Rico, each of which has a unique culture, lifestyle, and language left from the early inhabitants who originated from France, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, and Africa; but the famous Caribbean relaxed vibe is common to all. Central America, rich in both natural beauty and history, is the land mass that connects North America to South America.

Wonders illustration History buffs will love to explore the ruins of ancient civilizations including the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec, while more adventurous types will enjoy the tropical forests of Costa Rica. The historic Panama Canal is captivating for its remarkable effect on world commerce. In North and South America you will discover many intriguing sights as well as spectacular beauty. A cruise to Canada will allow you to see L’Anse aux Meadows, a Viking settlement that dates back to the 11th century, or stroll the lovely streets of Quebec City with its French influences.

City lovers will enjoy the east coast of the United States with its modern metropolises, while nature lovers might prefer the west coast, which will take them to Alaska’s breathtaking glaciers.

Going Down South
Continuing southward, travelers will encounter incredible ruins, a broad diversity of cultures and peoples, and world music we all recognize, and may have even danced to. Head to Brazil and the lively beach city of Rio de Janeiro or visit the rain forests of the Amazon River.

In Chile, stop in the city of Valparaiso, with its colorfully constructed houses climbing the extreme hillsides, or if you prefer stunning natural landscapes, visit the country’s breathtaking fjords and massifs. Be taught how to dance the Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Take an Antarctic cruise to the world’s southernmost continent and its almost uninhabited icy landscape.

Cruise the Mediterranean

It is thought that coastal Europe was the birthplace of advanced civilization, including democracy, science, art, and wine. The “Old World” is in fact a place rich in history.

You will not want to leave once you've enjoyed the loveliness of the Greek Islands and Santorini, worshipped the sun on the sandy beaches of Italy and Spain, and seen up close the historical attractions of Jerusalem and Greece.

Explore Rome and its renowned Pantheon and ancient Colosseum; or the residence of the Pope, Vatican City, with its Holy Catholic Church of St. Peter’s. Anyone who loves unique architectural design needs to visit Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s most celebrated work. For wine enthusiasts, top destinations include France’s Provence region, Chianti in Italy, and Port in Portugal.

A major destination on the Adriatic coast of Croatia is the stunning walled city of Dubrovnik, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

Picking the Best Tour for You

The number of adventure tours is as long as your arm from surfing Costa Rica’s legendary waves, trekking to Machu Picchu in the tracks of Incan travelers to motorcycling through the remote, natural beauty of Patagonia to climbing Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in southeast Asia. There are also countless other adventures to be had from a Top Gun and Air Combat Experience in San Diego to a Ferrari drive from Nice to Monaco along the curvy coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Make adventure travel part of your next getaway if any or all of these adrenaline- charged escapades appeal to the daredevil in you.

Touring the World’s National Parks

A national parks tour, no matter what country, will bring you to many of the most stunning landscapes on earth. Read on to find out which are some of the world’s most recognized national parks.

The Galapagos Islands

One of the world’s most visited UNESCO sites, and also Ecuador’s earliest park, is an island chain known as the Galapagos Islands.

On this island chain you will come face to face with giant tortoises and small penguins, some of the island’s most well-known inhabitants.

Machu Picchu
The breathtaking Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel situated high in the Andean mountain range and one of the planet's most well-known archaeological sites. This wonder offers real evidence of what the urban Inca Empire looked like when it was at the height of its power.
Yellowstone National Park

When President Theodore Roosevelt initially encountered the wondrous geological formations and abundant wildlife of Yellowstone in 1903, he proclaimed it to be “absolutely unique in the world”. Stating that natural beauty was a common social asset, he promoted the concept of national parks to benefit all generations to follow.

Serengeti National Park

Both Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and South Africa’s Kruger Park are recognized across the world for its wide array of wildlife and fauna found there. There you will discover open vistas like no other, and also hear the occasional roar of a lion in search of food.

Great Barrier Reef
Seen from up high or far below, you’ll find one of the world’s greatest marvels, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which comprises the largest coral reef system in the world.

Fiordland National Park
Close by is the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand, awash with fjords so spectacular that they put Norway's celebrated natural wonders to shame.

Special Interest Tours Galore
There are more and more specialty tours on the market. Nowadays, there are all types of specialty tours on offer to suit anyone with a special interest.

For the Wine Lover in all of Us
Islands artwork Wine country is full of all types of people who have love for this delightful nectar. A wine tasting tour is tailored to those who hope to know the complexities that go into creating a fine wine. Napa Valley, the Stellenbosch Wine Route in South Africa, or the wine-making territories in France like Bordeaux or Champagne are just a few of the best wine-tasting locations around.

For the Food Lovers!
There are lots of hot spots for food lovers who want titillate their taste buds. Culinary tours are a great way for the gourmet to get a taste for local ingredients and artisan products as well as to learn the history and customs of the area, and especially how these affected the progression of local cuisine. Some of the higher-end tours may even give you accessibility to a celebrity chef or get you a lesson or two with a Michelin-starred expert.

For the Yoga Lovers Out There

One of the trendiest travel opportunities today entail yoga tours. Breathing techniques and meditation help to strengthen and harmonize the body and mind according to this ancient practice. And you can do it all in elegance and beautiful settings.

Calling All Nature Lovers!
There is great appeal in visiting virgin terrains, however, the central aim of eco-tours is to leave minimal human traces on fragile, pure, and relatively undisturbed natural areas. Eco-tourism is a great way to see undisturbed natural spaces, but it is also a good time to learn about safeguarding the world’s natural resources.

Understanding the best ways to improve the welfare of native peoples and how to preserve vital natural resources are just some of the issues presented when you embark on an eco-tour.

For Women Only
Tours geared specifically at women are becoming more and more popular. In today’s world, women are searching for a trusted, yet satisfying way to visit the many amazing cities, and incredible sights found across the globe. Being on a women’s only tour where you can meet other like-minded travelers makes any vacation more delightful and interesting.

For All the Spiritual Seekers
Are there places where you can go to ponder as well as learn about the people who had the most influence on your faith?

On faith- based tours you’ll be supported by people who are on the very same voyage to connect with their spiritual self and recommit to their faith. There is no question that you’ll never get bored on whichever sort of tour you take.

International Getaways: Not As Far As You May Think

Do you think a three-day weekend isn’t sufficient time to enjoy an international getaway? This could not be further from the truth.

There are some overseas destinations that are easily doable over a long weekend. Below are locations great for an epic long weekend you won’t soon forget.

Montreal, Quebec
Picturesque Montreal, Canada boasts captivating French influence and old-world charm with all the benefits of a larger city (it’s second in size only to Toronto). Visitors always enjoy the beautiful Vieux Montreal neighborhood with its intriguing boutiques and inviting cafes and restaurants.

Outdoor lovers will have lots to do in the lovely Mount Royal Park, from strenuous hikes to leisurely bike rides or restful picnics.

Winter sports are also readily available in the park, such as snowshoeing, ice skating, or other wonderful activities.

Bermuda
If you are a beach and sun person, Bermuda is optimal, with its pink sand beaches, warm weather, and great location just a short two-hour flight from many airports on the east coast.

You don’t have to love beaches to adore Bermuda; history buffs will be fascinated by the old military forts complete with cannon installations, old-fashioned colonial buildings, and enchanting cobblestone streets.

If you’re bold, you could also ride a jet ski into the Bermuda Triangle.

Baja California Sur, Mexico
Baja California Sur, Mexico is an uncomplicated weekend trip for avid sun worshippers and beach-goers. At the southern tip of Baja California is Cabo San Lucas, famous for its exotic resorts, upscale dining, and lively bars and nightclubs.

Americas photograph Adventurers and water sports aficionados will also enjoy Lover’s Beach for its gorgeous blue waters, fascinating caves to explore, and stunning rock formations.

Costa Rica

In Central America, Costa Rica is fairly easy to get to from many U.S. airports and is popular for its gorgeous tropical rain forest and jungles. Its 800 miles of shoreline is filled with beautiful beaches and much more. Adventure seekers will find no end to their exciting options: hikes through the tropical jungle; zip-lining in the lush rain forest; rappelling down a thundering waterfall; seeing exotic birds, monkeys, and sloths in their natural habitat; and relaxing in volcano-fed hot springs.

Cartagena, Columbia

While you might not think of Cartagena when you imagine the Caribbean, it is in fact situated on Colombia’s Caribbean coast and has long stretches of white sand beaches, warm blue water, and fascinating coral reefs. History enthusiasts will love the architecture reminiscent of Spanish colonial times with its military influence, ancient walls still surrounding part of the city today, and fortresses made from coral stone more than 500 years ago.

Toronto

As the biggest city in Canada, Toronto is a modern metropolis great for a weekend getaway for anyone who loves big city adventures. It is regarded as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, with more than fifty percent of the residents born outside the city. Be sure to plan a stop in each ethnic neighborhood -- Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, and Little Italy -- to genuinely understand what Toronto is all about.

Whether you are looking for extreme adventure, unwinding on the beach with a nice drink, or something in between, there is an international weekend getaway perfect for you. Everything you want – love, adventure, culinary wonders, history – can be yours.

The Marvels of Asia

Bustling, colorful Hong Kong is a focus for fashion, food, banking, and trade in Asia Thailand’s biggest island, Phuket, is famed for its spectacular natural beauty, beach life, and culture. With a unique history and cultural influences from around the world including Portuguese and Jewish, Cochin (or Kochi) is part of India’s Kerala state and is commonly referred to as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Jordan’s Petra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage City, has the nickname “Rose City” thanks to the color of the rock used to construct it.

The diversity of the earth is yours to experience – from lush jungles to vibrant cities, from historic landmarks to breathtaking panoramas – when you visit the globe on a luxury cruise

Top Treks Around the World

The most important walk is not just about the walk on its own, but rather about embracing the destination’s historic and culture. Still, this type of journey is no simple feat. They will make you challenge yourself physically and challenge your will, creating an indelible perception of the splendor of our earth.

Next are eight of the planet's very top hikes.

Peru's Inca Trail - 26.7 miles - 4 days
Unforgettable moments are bountiful on the Inca Trail, but none can compete with the time you walk through the Sun Gate and first see the sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. Best time to go: May to September

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Lost City of Colombia- 27 miles - 5 days

Travel through the abundant jungle through waterways before experiencing the ruins of Teyuna. Make this your first stop and you have the Lost City all to yourself. Ideal time to go: December to March.

Nepal: Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles & 13 days
The walk will connect you more to the men and women of the Himalayas while creating an opening to the top of the world.

After experiencing Everest, you will never look at our world in the same way. Perfect time to go: August to November.

Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro - 21.1 miles | 8 days

At 5,895m (19,340 ft), Mt Kilimanjaro is Africa's tallest crest. It’s not painless, but unlike other great peaks, it allows those daring enough to master its many routes to the top.

Ideal time to go: September to March.

Mont Blanc in Europe - 77.7 miles in 8 days

The Tour du Mont Blanc is 100 miles and moves through Switzerland, Italy, and France. Ideal time to go: June to September.

Patagonia: Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles - 10 days -
It is known for its natural splendor and here you will come across breathtaking volcanic landscapes, massive glaciers, and extensive steppe-like fields stretching out to the horizon.

Ideal time to go: December to March

Venezuela's Mt Roirama - 21.1 miles | 6 days
The splendid mountain of Roraima is holy to the area’s natives and may have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to pen the novel, "The Lost World." When to go: November to April is the perfect time to walk the Roraima path but anytime of the year is good.

Spain: The Camino de Santiago - 466 miles in 30 days
The remarkable Camino de Santiago, also called the St. James Trail, was a major Christian journey during the Middle Ages, and it is still viewed as an important spiritual retreat to this day.

The trail can be walked any month of the year but the perfect time is somewhere between spring and autumn, however it will be very busy.

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