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 in the comfort of an Alaskan cruise.
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A winding journey taking in the world's largest river system, cloaked by fabled jungle, is as enticing as it sounds. Amazon cruising is an incredibly 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.
New England is known for its Colonial past, Atlantic coastline cities, forested mountains and changing Autumn foliage. A cruise through this fascinating region is a unique experience all-round, promising authenticity, new discoveries and a mesmerising roll of panoramas.
Often, New England cruises come rolled into one with Canadian destinations – the perfect chance to see both sides of the border as you navigate the eastern seaboard. Step off in sophisticated port cities full of character, spot whales in the deep and journey into quaint towns with lighthouses and crab shacks. From Boston, Halifax and little Portland to Rhode Island, Quebec City and Montreal, cruising sure is a magical way to do it.
For double the magic, cruise in the fall (September and October) when picture-perfect cities and landscapes come tainted with the rich Autumn tinges of gold, red and orange.
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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.
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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.
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The Mexican Riviera
Mexico flaunts picture-perfect cruising on both coastlines and, on the Pacific Coast, it’s all about the Mexican Riviera. Beautiful beaches, big cities and ancient ruins are just the start. The food is fabulous, the shopping colourful and the snorkelling world-class.
Find yourself in Puerto Vallarta, the playground to the stars, Cabo San Lucas, colonial Loreto and traditional Mazatlan. The best part? It’s so easy to get there, with cruises frequently departing from Los Angeles – one of the most popular destinations for Aussies off to the USA. Why not fly right in and cruise the Mexican Riviera as part of your grand USA holiday plan?
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 win you over as quickly as did the harmonies of Johnny Cash and Big Bill Broonzy as they immortalised these southern winding waters in song.
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.
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