Off The Beaten Path Cruise Vacations

When it comes to luxurious vacations that have it all, cruises are at the top of the list, but if you think your destination options are limited to the classic hot spots of the Caribbean and Alaska, think again. Today, there are amazing cruises that venture to ports all around the world. If you’ve had the traditional cruise experience but are pining for more, here are some great cruise escapes that venture beyond the beaten path.

Because more exotic cruises tend to generate a bit less interest than ship headed to the most popular destinations, there can be certain caveats to take into account. Nontraditional trips will generally run slightly higher in price than their counterparts, although deals can always be found for off-season bookings and modest cabins. Another factor to consider is port of departure. It’s often necessary to travel long distances just to get to your ship, but the trip will certainly be worth it.


Many cruise lines you may already be familiar with offer exciting trips to dozens of beautiful Asian ports. Cruises of any size can be booked, from quick 5-day jaunts to month-long excursions. You can expect to visit ports all along Asia’s Pacific coast including Shanghai, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Manila and Kagoshima. Like other cruises, Asian cruise ships offer guided tours and a world of insider knowledge for passengers who want to get the most out of shore side adventures. In a single trip, you can find peace at a Japanese Buddhist temple, haggle in Shanghai’s bustling street markets and relax on a peaceful Indonesian beach.

Australia and New Zealand

Another exciting prospect for cruises lets you get to know some Aussies and Kiwis up close and personal and maybe even getting a glimpse at a Tasmanian devil or two. Although you’ll have to truck it to Sydney or Melbourne to board your ship, amazing opportunities like surfing some of the world’s best waves and snorkeling along the teeming Great Barrier Reef will make up for it in a heartbeat. On a typical cruise around southern Oceania, some other ports-of-call may include Burnie and Hobart on Tasmania or Wellington in New Zealand.

The Suez Canal and Dubai

Seasoned cruisers looking to broaden their horizons and landlubber adventurers alike would do well to consider a relaxing luxury cruise on the warm waters of the Mediterranean and the Red Seas with a Suez Canal and Dubai package. A fantastic way to get a first-hand glimpse of life in the Middle East and north eastern Africa while visiting some of the world’s wealthiest and whimsically fabulous cities. Dubai, situated on the north eastern edge of the United Arab Emirates, is one of the world’s most powerful and important upcoming cities, home to tycoons, incredible resorts and the world’s tallest man-made structure. Other stops on a typical Suez Canal cruise often include bustling Bahrain, Muscat and Abu Dhabi.

The South Pacific

When people think exotic tropical paradise, minds invariably turn to the warm waters about the island chains of the South Pacific Ocean. For your next vacation, consider a cruise that drops in at legendary island ports where contended relaxation is simply a prevailing lifestyle, including Papeete in Tahiti, Huahine and Moorea of French Polynesia, the breathtaking Rangiroa Atoll and the legendarily exotic and breathtaking Bora Bora. Sip a drink on pristine beaches decked with crystal clear lagoons and appreciate the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of discovering what South Pacific Island culture is all about with your own eyes. The only trouble is that you may never want to leave.

South America

For a change of pace and a little spicy adventure, a cruise visiting some of South America’s many colorful and bustling ports could be just the ticket. Available in jaunts lasting 7 days to two weeks, cruises focusing on South America cover a lot of territory, often eschewing the usual circular route to make the most of the trip. Common ports of call include Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Stanley, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Montt, and Santiago, also known as Chile’s �Jewel of the Pacific.� Party all day and night with Brazil’s ever-popular beaches and happening nightlife, sip some yerba mate or dance the tango in Argentina, explore the winding streets and hit some museums in Chile. With a fabulous South American cruise, it can all be yours.

Cruises are one of the world’s most popular vacation options and fleets continue to add more ships every year. Cruise lines now offer getaways to nearly any portside destination you can imagine, so for your next jaunt on the high seas, indulge your sense of adventure and head to a section of the seas you’ve yet to discover with a cruise off the beaten path.

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