Most people have done a Caribbean Cruise, but there are many other unique cruises in the world. We’ve had the luck of taking a cruise on every continent except Australia. While a Caribbean cruise is fun, it’s the other more unusual cruises that have been the most memorable for us. From the Arctic to Antarctica and the Orient to the Amazon. Enjoy!
6 Unique Cruises on 6 Different Continents
We were taking part in a Travel Skills Chat on Twitter with Johnny Jet and Chris McGinnis a while ago and a few of the questions were about cruising. We didn’t think we’d have a lot to contribute until we started thinking about our answers. It dawned on us that we are already cruisers, we’ve just done the cruise thing backwards. Most people start in the Caribbean and then branch out to other types of cruises. We started with the unique cruises and have worked our way to the Caribbean. And you know what? We liked it!
So as we fly off to Miami to board our ship for a Caribbean cruise to Curacao, Turks & Cacaos, Aruba and the Dominican, we thought that we’d round up the other best cruises we’ve taken around the world.
This is the mother of all unique cruises for your holiday. We were fortunate to explore Antarctica in style with Quark Expeditions on the Sea Spirit. If you think an Antarctic expedition is a bare bones experience, think again. The Sea Spirit was an all suites ship with 5 star dining, elegant lounge, open bar and even a hot tub. Not only was it the greatest adventure of our lives it was a luxurious experience where we had thrills during the day and relaxing elegance at night. The scenery and wildlife in Antarctica is to die and you will have to pinch yourself every moment of the expedition.
There is so much to say about what you can see and do in Antarctica, we have to send you to our What to Expect on an Antarctica Expedition. Otherwise, we’d end up taking up the entire post on this trip!
Amazon River Cruise
An Amazon River Cruise is a dream trip. If you think you’re ever going to be bored on a cruise holiday, you’ll want to book an Amazon Cruise because there is so much to see and do, you’re senses will be blown away. From the incredible scenery of the world’s largest river to the wildlife you could just float down the river and be content. But there are excursions to visit the local culture, try some pirhanna fishing, swimming with dolphins and even kayaking. Suites are spacious and all rooms have a balcony on the Estrella Amazonica by International Expeditions and there’s an elegant dining room for breakfast lunch and dinner. At night it’s a buffet feast and cocktails on deck. That’s my kind of cruise. Stay tuned in two weeks, we’ll be hosting an All Amazon week where we’ll be giving away an Amazon Cruise with International Expeditions!
An Alaskan Cruise is a destination that most avid cruises strive to visit one day. It was the first proper cruise we’ve ever taken and we were amazed by all there is to do on a ship! We had spa treatments, 5 star dining, relaxing by the pool. In Alaska, they give you blankets and robes to enjoy the incredible views of Glacier Bay while having the opportunity to dive into the heated pool. But the best part of an Alaskan cruise are all the excursions you can go on. Alaska is an adventure lovers dream with flights over Denali, dogsledding, glacier landings, helicopter flights, hikes, trains, whale watching and ziplining. The possibilities are endless and the towns in Alaska are filled with friendly locals. It’s the DisneyLand for adventurers. Everything is easy to do, but it costs you some cash. So be prepared.
Three Gorges, China
The Three Gorges of China is another bucket list item for many cruisers and probably one of the most unique cruises you’ll ever enjoy. When we went on this cruise, we thought we’d be the only Westerners on the ship, but there were many avid cruisers from Europe and North America on our journey. We couldn’t get over the amount of places these people had cruised. They talked to each other about their trips to Europe and the Caribbean and we listened in awe. The Three Gorges is the trip you take when you’ve done it all. The Three Gorges cruise takes you down the Yangzi River through the incredibly massive gorges. Years ago many cities were flooded to create the Three Gorges dam and ancient civilizations are now underwater. The river level is much higher now, but the high cliffs are still massive. You stop at some cities that were moved to a higher elevation and you take smaller boat excursion to see the Lesser Three Gorges which is absolutely spectacular.
Check out: Three Gorges, China’s Rapid Development
Ha Long Bay
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam was our very first cruise we’d ever taken in our lives. We booked a short 3 day excursion from Hanoi to take us out to Ha Long Bay where we took a trip on a traditional junk boat. This is one of the most beautiful locations on earth with tall Karst formations jutting out of the South China Sea for as far as the eye can see. Standing up on deck surrounded by these high sea cliffs is breath taking. (and I don’t use that phrase often) The islands disappear into the mist giving an other worldly feel. When you visit the caves and step out of the high lookout to view Ha Long Bay from above, you truly understand just how magical this place is on earth.
Enjoy: Top Sights in Vietnams
Nile River Cruise
The Nile River is the longest river in the world and many river cruises sail from Aswan to Luxor (or visa versa) each week. Imagine starting off your tour visiting the magnificent Luxor Temple and the Valley of the Kings to walk into King Tut’s. Then sail down the ancient river in luxury to explore more temples and ruins and life on the river. Make sure to take a felucca to sail the traditional way it’s been done for centuries. If you want to take a truly unique cruising experience, the Nile River is magical and beautiful.
European River Cruise
The European River Cruise is gaining in popularity as people search for unique ways to explore Europe at affordable prices. We must admit, that for the most part, you have the best room in the city when travelling by ship. Most European cities situated on rivers are built around life on the river. For a hotel room on the water you’d be paying a fortune, but on the cruise, you’re parked right downtown at the port. It you want to see a lot of Europe in a short time, this could be a good option for you. We gave some tips on how to make the most of your European River Cruise. Don’t make the same mistakes we did.
We’ve been cruising around the world on 6 continents now from the bottom in Antarctic and now we take you to the top in the Arctic Circle. Greenland was another incredible cruise experience. We were lucky enough to travel on the exact same ship we cruised Antarctica on so once again, we had a polar experience in complete luxury. The Sea Spirit, didn’t let us down. The Arctic rivals Antarctica for beauty. Greenland is home to the Western Hemisphere’s most active calving glacier creating enormous and beautiful icebergs in the sea. Dave and I both agreed, that the ice of Greenland was more impressive than the ice of Antarctica (and that’s saying a lot) Greenland is different from Antarctica in the fact that a cultural experience is added to the trip.
There’s still all the same adventures like kayaking, zodiac tours and taking the polar plunge, but now you can visit Inuit villages and larger cities where you can learn about Greenland’s history and culture. The wildlife is a little more skittish than Antarctica as whales and seals are still hunted for their meat, but the other experiences make up for the wildlife viewings. It’s yet another magical cruise that avid and new cruisers alike, should take!
So that’s our round up of the cruises we’ve taken around the world. Now it’s time to add the Caribbean to the mix. Make sure to follow along next week, we’ll be sharing photos on social media. We can’t wait to escape the Canadian cold, this is a winter that won’t let go and a little sunshine and fun is just what the doctor ordered.
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