If you have a bucket list, chances are that travel would feature prominently on that list. Exploring the world and experiencing different cultures can be incredibly rewarding, exhilarating and as a bonus, travel can greatly benefit your mental health. One of the top ways to gain the most from a travel adventure is by taking a cruise. Popular ports are brimming with travelers and with good reason.
The leisurely pace, change of scenery and exotic cuisine can make for a truly unforgettable time, worthy of its place on your
5. The Panama Canal
One destination that has been getting a lot of attention lately is the Panama Canal. In 2016, the country was rated as one of the fastest growing tourist markets in the world and that has certainly remained the case. Regarded as an engineering wonder, the canal takes you along destinations such as Argentina, Brazil, and Cuba. On the trip back you can stop off in Panama City, a popular tourist destination in Latin America and also a shopping capital.
The eclectic blend of 16th century Panama Viejo and modern-day city developments and skyscrapers provide something to suit every person. For those in support of ecotourism, Panama City also hosts a wide variety of tours to its rainforests where tourists can spot tropical wildlife of many different species.
4. The Caribbean Islands
Sun, sand and tropical trees all make for a cruise traveler’s paradise. The many islands that span the Caribbean Sea including Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are all surrounded by the stunning blue of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the perfect backdrop for a cruise, allowing you to stop off at each island and explore for a day or two. Each destination is bound by its Caribbean roots yet proudly different – boasting its own national dishes and cuisine, hobbies and attractions.
If relaxation is what you desire, the pristine sandy beaches and warm climate can help you drift away while listening to steel pan music and reggae. The destination is also family friendly with many family-oriented cruise lines available with amenities such as kids clubs. On land, the region boasts some of the most popular vacation spots in the Caribean for families should you opt for a stopover. While many ships offer child-oriented safety features, it is always recommended that parents take precautions to protect their child onboard. This includes educating your children about rail safety and establishing a family safety plan. With this out of the way, you can then focus on wholesome family fun. With such a unique culture and rich diversity, a Caribbean cruise is a must on your travel adventures.
3. The South Pacific Islands
Littered with around 500 inhabited islands and
In recent years tourism in places such as Tahiti and Bora Bora have skyrocketed and so have the corresponding costs. Taking a cruise along the South Pacific gives you the opportunity to visit more than one of these up and coming destinations with an all-inclusive price tag.
2. The South Of France
This destination has long been a favorite with travelers from all walks of life. Locations such as Provence, Hyeres, and the French Rivera are popular thanks to its beautiful scenery. Palm trees line the Hyeres and its beaches while the French Rivera is constantly favored by celebrities.
The region’s cuisine is also a highlight of many tourists’ memories. From private cooking classes to various exclusive food markets, this destination offers the experience of a lifetime for anyone classifying themselves as a ‘foodie’.
Our final destination to add to your bucket list is Alaska. It is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world each year and offers multiple opportunities to view stunning scenery throughout the trip. Most cruises will take the Inside Passage that is located North of Vancouver.
If you are into wildlife and outdoor activities then this cruise should not be missed. Most ships now offer stop-offs in over 20 different ports, giving you the chance to have a glimpse of the indigenous people’s way of life. More importantly, the location offers un-compared and untouched natural scenery such as Glacier Bay.
The world has a lot to offer. It is a place filled with beauty and wonder, especially these cruise destinations. So get your planners out and get to making that bucket list – it will be a trip of a lifetime.
Author – Ali Dawson