A cruise vacation often conjures up images of far flung, exotic beach locations drenched in sun. But exploring the world by boat doesn’t have to be all about sun, sea and sand, and some of the best places to visit on a cruise in the world are perfect for people who just aren’t all that fussed about beach holidays. Read on, and take a look at five brilliant cruise vacations that aren’t to a beach.
Norway is a jaw-droppingly beautiful place to visit, with some of the most dramatic and magnificent landscapes in the world. The stark majesty of the fjords, the rugged magnificence of the snow-capped mountains and the icy splendor of the glaciers all add up to a fairly impressive experience. Touring Norway by cruise is one of the best ways to see the country, providing all of the adventure and excitement from the comfort of a warm bed!
Another seriously epic place to explore, Alaska offers some wonderful options for the more adventurous cruise tourist. One of the more remote places in the world (Juneau is the only state capital in the US that can only be reached by air or sea!), this stark, wonderful wilderness is perfect for a cruise vacation. Head through the world-renowned Inside Passage, and drink in the natural beauty, as well as the extraordinary wildlife. Alaska cruises offer whale watching, dog-sledding and much much more for animal lovers.
One of the most romantic, historic and spectacular cruise destinations in the world, cruising down the Nile in luxury and style is an experience you won’t soon forget. Egypt boasts some of the most impressive wonders of the ancient world, and gazing out from your balcony on the Sphinx, the Pyramids of Giza and the temples at Luxor and Karnak is genuinely breathtaking. Egypt makes a great choice for cruise lovers who aren’t keen on a beach vacation, but still want a little warmth in their trip.
Russia might not immediately spring to mind as an obvious cruise destination, but setting sail along its delightful waterways lets you explore this fascinating country in a way that just isn’t possible with any other method. Russian riverboat cruises are perfect for art and culture lovers, as some of the best museums and galleries in the world are located here, and you can also check out the Russian Ballet as well. The journey down the Volga River and through Russia’s scenic lakes offers plenty of beautiful scenery as well.
A cruise down the coast of Mexico and through the Panama Canal is the perfect combination for lovers of history and culture, and fans of wildlife and natural landscapes. The fascinating historic Mayan sites in Mexico and Guatemala, coupled with the magnificent colonial architecture of Antigua, Cartagena and Panama City offers more than enough for culture vultures, while the rich flora and fauna both on land and under the sea is incredible. As an added bonus, the Panama Canal is an extraordinary feat of human engineering well worth the trip!