Balmy Breezes & Icy Landscapes: Best of Cruising in the Americas
Some parts of the world can only be appreciated in their true glory when done so standing on the sweeping decks of a cruise liner. In the Americas, this is especially true.
With dreamy azure seas washing up into scenic pockets of shimmering, palm tree-lined islands, charismatic rivers winding their way through legendary cities and unique seascapes promising adventure as far south as the Antarctic Circle, no other route could ever compare.
While the list of must-do cruises in the Americas is long, and rightly so, here’s a round-up of the most bucket-list-worthy of them all.
It's icy; it's remote; and it's downright stunning. Alaska is a repeat offender on many travellers' bucket lists, its shimmering glaciers, pristine fjords and the incredible wildlife that lives here proving too hard to resist.
What's incredible is that the rugged scenery spans vast miles, remaining largely untouched by humans; Alaska is widely regarded as America's final frontier. Where local populations do live, fascinating cultural insight awaits. By far the best way to explore it all is the comfort of an Alaskan cruise.
A winding journey taking in the world's largest river system, cloaked by fabled jungle, is as enticing as it sounds. Amazon cruising is unique experience and one that's truly about the ride, not any particular 'destination'.
Sit back and let the oldest tropical forest on the planet play out in a rolling panorama out your window. Ogle at birds too colourful to believe, hear monkeys hooting in the trees and let your senses run wild, all while enjoying the luxuries on board.
Cruising the Caribbean is more than tropical palms swaying in the breeze, crystal-clear waters tinged with blue and sun-drenched, sandy shores. So many colourful cultures spring to life here too; every island has its own unique personality.
From Cuba to the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands, there are historic cities to unravel, authentic seaside towns to discover and luxury yacht clubs prime for a refreshing bevvy in the midst of first-rate island scenery. See the contrast and beauty for yourself on a Caribbean cruise.
The Mississippi River
Along the banks of the Mississippi, many famous American cities lay: jazzy New Orleans, soulful Memphis, picturesque Minneapolis and St Louis to name a few. Doing the Mississippi by cruise offers a most charismatic perspective - the landscapes in between, equally mesmerising.
Be propelled along by steam, with every modern convenience at your whim on board. The Ol' Man River will you over as quickly as did the harmonies of Johnny Cash and Big Bill Broonzy as they immortalised these southern winding waters in song.
Fancy cruising to somewhere rather exotic? Try this remote volcanic archipelago off the west coast of South America. The Galapagos Islands are pristine and unspoilt - a place where rare species flourish, uninhibited by man's presence.
Engage with playful sea lions and penguins, snorkel with manta rays and sharks, and spot gigantic sea tortoises and flamingos. A cruise to the Galapagos will show you just how amazing the animal kingdom really is.
Of course, a Hawaiian cruise revolves around sun, sand and sea. But Hawaii is more than the city bustle and sandy hustle of much-loved Honolulu. Each island impresses for different reasons; around every bend, a new picture-perfect moments awaits.
Witness the red-tinged, soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast, explore the volcanic surprises of the Big Island, take in the history at Pearl Harbor and dive in to spot unbelievable sea life at Molokini Crater. Cruising in Hawaii never disappoints.
Ushuaia, on the southern tip of South America, is where bucket list-topping dreams begin as the launching pad for cruises to Antarctica. An Antarctic cruise will lift the lid on your greatest adventure fantasies. Imagining it is one thing. Witnessing it with your own two eyes is another.
Make the journey in special expedition ships that'll see you arrive comfortably and safely. Then climb aboard smaller, more navigable, zodiac boats to explore up close: float through ice tunnels and beside icebergs; spot penguins, seals and polar bears in their natural landscape; and step foot on those sweeping, icy expanses.
Antarctica beguiles every second of the journey; travel just doesn't get any better than this.