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Alternative Cruises to Set Sail On This Year

Cruising is a great way to experience the beauty of a country. You can explore the coastline or take a cruise down a river. You have your own room, fine dining, and you can spend your days and nights doing what you please. You can stay on the boat the entire time or you can travel ashore for many exciting excursions. Cruising is a peaceful relaxing way to spend your vacation and here are some alternative cruises to set sail on this year.

Brazil

Cruising along the Brazilian coastline is a fantastic way to learn more about this beautiful country as 65% of the population lives along the coast. Rio de Janeiro is the capital city and it is a fascinating city with beautiful beaches, beautiful people, and historical sites.  Make sure you travel to the top of Corcovado Mountain to get a close look at the iconic 38m tall Christ the Redeemer statue.

Alternative Cruises to Set Sail On This Year

New Zealand 

The best way to explore the whole country is to take a cruise that ends in Australia. There are many companies to choose from, including Carnival, Holland America (the one we recommend) and P&O all of which offer a similar experience. This will allow you to see both the North and South Island by boat. You can explore the beautiful coastline and make excursions to exciting places like Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, and Bay of Islands. You can see where Lord of the Rings was filmed, sample some fantastic local wine, see the stunning natural beauty and learn more about Maori culture 

Gateway to Maori Tourism

Norway 

Norway is a fabulous place for cruise ships and the views of the fjords along the coastline are sure to amaze all who travel here. A fjord is caused by glacial erosion and it is a long narrow inlet with a steep narrow cliff. It is also rich in historical monuments as it is the birth place of the Vikings. You can wander along some of the original Viking paths, and view the biggest longhouse that has ever been found. You can also watch the Northern Lights that light up the sky at night. Be sure to dress warmly as it can get quite chilly at night on the deck.

Norway fjords

Russian River Cruise 

Travel along the Volga from Moscow to St. Petersburg on the Volga Dream to experience the ultimate river cruise. Be sure to spend some time exploring Moscow before you leave.  No trip is complete without a visit to the Red Square, the Kremlin, and St. Basil’s cathedral.  The waterways between the two cities are picturesque so make sure you bring your camera. St. Petersburg is the home of the Winter Palace, Moika Palace, and the beautiful architecture of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. It is also the home of the world famous Imperial Russian Ballet and be sure to watch a performance at the Mariinsky Theatre.  Once you reach St. Petersburg you can hop on another cruise and explore the beautiful nature that this country has to offer while travelling along the Svir River.

Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Tallinn

China 

Cruising along China‘s beautiful Yangtze River allows you to explore 5000 years of culture and history while exploring one of the longest waterways in the world. Make sure you have the best seat on the deck when your boat goes past the Three Gorges and the engineering marvel of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectricity producer in the world. You can visit villages and numerous historical sites throughout the Yunnan province. Be sure to stop and have some tea at one of the many local tea plantations this country has to offer. If you’re planning a trip to China, here are 20 interesting facts you should know before you go.

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