What would Christopher Columbus have done if he lived today? Instead of entrusting his life and that of his men to the fragile nutshells that were his caravels, he would have boarded a cruise liner and gone on an Ocean Cruise. He wouldn’t have lost his way either!
Experience the same spirit of adventure and discovery by joining an Ocean cruise, gliding from one exciting port to another in style and comfort and enjoying the shore excursions which are on offer. Not to mention the fabulous food and entertainment on board. Whether you travel on your own, as a couple or as a group of family and friends, there is a suitable voyage for every taste, need or budget.
Let’s look at some of the latest destinations to open your appetite.
Lisbon, Casablanca, CanaryIslands, Cap Verde
If you are new to cruises, this trip may be the right beginner experience. Visit Lisbon and marvel at the fabulous buildings, hop on the legendary street car and in the evening, enjoy fados, the typical melancholic ballades in candle lit bars. Next stop is Casablanca, where you can breathe the magic of Morocco, walk along the Corniche, admire the Portuguese fortress and, if you stop for a drink at the Hilton Hotel, you will be served by waiters in trilby and trench coat. Bogart is well alive. Not to forget a foray into the bazaar where you can practise your haggling skills.
Enjoy the luxury of your cruise ship and be enticed by the Canary Islands. The harsh volcanic landscape of the Teide in Tenerife and the black beaches in Lanzarote, alternate with the white sand dunes of Las Palomas in Grand Canaria or the lush vegetation of the Orotava valley in Tenerife.
Cap Verde islands are a world of their own with Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese influences and pristine beaches.
Norway and the Northern Lights
Why not look for a winter cruise with a chance to experience the unique wonders of the Northern lights? If this appeals to you then embark on a cruise within the Arctic Circle and enjoy a winter wonderland in Norway. Fjords and steep cliffs beckon as well as land excursions with a chance of dog sledding and a visit to an ice hotel and the Arctic Cathedral. And finally, the magic curtains of the Northern Lights in Tromso or Alta. You’ll never forget that sight.
Hawaiian Islands and San Francisco
It doesn’t get much more exotic than this trip. The Hawaiian islands, all eight of them of a volcanic nature and all different ,await your visit. Maui and Kauai beckon with tropical vegetation, stunning beaches, sky high waves and the incomparable hospitality and friendliness of the locals. Coffee lovers will be thrilled by the taste of Kona coffee and you might even try to play the ukulele.
Thrown in are two days In San Francisco. Yet another cable car experience and a crossing over the Golden Gate Bridge are a must as is a visit to America’s biggest and oldest China Town.
From Hong Kong to Singapore, discover the Orient
Talking about China town: experience the ‘real thing’ with this cruise, starting in Hong Kong. Climb the Peak for an impressive overview of this city which has no choice but to grow vertically, visit the world famous horse races and venture into the night markets of Kowloon. Then continue on to Vietnam and Thailand and end up in Singapore. An incredible mix of cultures will assail all your senses. From Victorian to Chinese and the most breathtaking samples of futuristic architecture, Singapore , the Lion City, has it all on a surface of only 278 sq miles.
There are many more destinations available to the discerning modern day ‘crusader’. One cruise and I was hooked. Maybe the same will happen to you.