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5-Star Cruises: A World unto its Own

To go forth on a memorable passage through the vast seas aboard a grand 5-star cruiser is to renounce the responsibilities from your life. While there are of course faster methods to get from point A to point B, none compete with the luxury. This form of venture allows you to travel in luxury and ease while viewing some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.

The luxury liners that traversed the Atlantic Ocean in the 1800’s were the commencement of modern day cruises. Companies added luxuries in order to better the competition, and thereby the tradition began.
As you embark the elegant cruise ship you will partake in some of the attributes high level travel has to offer: high-end cabins and top of the line features, impressive service, you will visit far off lands, drink the finest of wines and eat gourmet food plus there is more staff to satisfy all the passenger’s needs.

sea-1281361__340.jpg You will enjoy the freedom to do whatever you want as you give yourself over to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether your dream trip revolves around historical monuments, culinary pleasures, extreme adventure, or just relaxing by the pool, you will find your own personal rhythm. These ships were designed with both big, open areas and intimate, cozy corners so that you will be able to gratify your every whim: a jog on deck in the fresh air, quiet time with a good book and lovely ocean view, group activities, or beautiful one-on-one time with your loved one. While traveling on a 5-star ship, you'll have the chance to go on a variety of fascinating excursions.

See first-hand the history of the world as you visit ruins from ancient societies as well as modern cites, in some of the most fascinating places.

Luxury Cruise Lines

Silversea Cruises is a group that offers some of the most high-end opportunities. Silversea travels to some of the most exotic locations and provides cultural interaction and exciting adventures you will not find anywhere else.

Likewise, Crystal Cruises is a company that focuses on providing luxury travel. Its service is impeccable, the food and wine unrivaled, and the entertainment exceptional, and its high-end amenities such as plush bathrobes and slippers will make you feel truly spoiled.
For an incredibly wide variety of destinations, check out Princess Cruises, with over 40 destinations on six continents.

Their ships are huge – roughly 700 people can travel on each one – so they are almost like movable towns!

For the most exotic destinations, check out Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, as they go to Antarctica and Alaska among others. Their itineraries provide ample possibilities for passengers to see first-hand a variety of different cultures, communities, and natural environments.

Start off in the Mediterranean

If the Mediterranean Sea is your destination of choice, these gorgeous ships will take you to its renown shores and ports, allowing you to go ashore to experience for yourself the captivating old cities and towns along the way.

Land of the Tsars

Spend time in the legendary Hermitage Museum in Russia if you love museums, as it is the world’s second largest and is a very striking structure.

Its first collection was set up by Empress Catherine the Great in 1764 though it was not open to the public until roughly a century later.

The Lands Down Under
Australasia is a region that has an extraordinary assortment of cultures, people, and lifestyles.

Spend a day lounging on one of Australia’s lovely beaches, or if you prefer something more adventurous, check out the Great Barrier Reef or the Outback. In New Zealand, stop in Tauranga to pick fresh kiwi and devour to your heart’s delight, then go for a hike to explore the stunning waterfalls and green valleys that will leave you breathless.

The Sights and Sounds of Asia

China, Vietnam, and Thailand will captivate you with their distinct tastes, smells, and sights. Japan is almost like two cultures in one: the stylish cosmopolitan way of life intersects with ancient traditions that have stood the test of time.

Plan a trip to Bangkok to observe first-hand the beautiful places, the traditional spires of its architecture, and the statues of Buddha.

From Deserts to Skyscrapers to Pyramids
The Middle East is home to a vast expanse of desert landscape as well as gleaming cosmopolitan cities with the latest cutting-edge technological advances and skyscrapers. In Dubai, you are allowed to go up to the observation deck of the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa.

The region has many millenniums of history whose influence is still around today. Petra is an ancient Jordanian city that dates back to the 5th century BC near the more modern city of Aqaba, a popular spot for water sports enthusiasts. Look up in amazement at the magnificent Egyptian pyramids outside of Cairo or travel to the temples in Luxor and Karnak, then head to Oman to see the medieval trade route called Incense Road.

The Diversity of South America

You can also sail to South America’s natural wonders like Iguazu Falls bellowing between Argentina and Brazil, trekking next on to Rio de Janeiro, famous for its Carnival and the mesmerizing Christ the Redeemer statue located on the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Chile is known for its diverse natural landscapes including the arid Atacama desert, the imposing Andes mountain range, the breathtaking Patagonia ice fields, and the beautiful beaches along the Pacific.

From the elegance of a ball dance to the private moment shared deck side, a 5-star cruise is the perfect backdrop to make unforgettable memories. As anyone who has taken one will agree, there is no other experience quite like a cruise around the globe.
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Live and Learn on a Luxury World Cruise

Modern-day travelers have made world cruises increasingly popular, compelling many cruise organizations to include these trips on their schedules. The increased interest in traveling across the world’s oceans, seas and rivers means that the current figure of 25 million passengers per year will climb in the near future. The many options for today’s travelers include the style of ship to sail on, which itinerary to choose as well as the price tag of the trip.

For example, smaller ships have the benefit of offering more individualized service, a lower number of passengers on board and more direct access to ports not suited to larger vessels. However, individuals with a tendency to get sick aboard small boats, which are more affected by the movement of the ocean, should consider another option.

While a larger vessels offer more on board options in terms of accommodations, restaurants and activities, they are unable to dock at small ports putting you at a greater distance from your destination city. This means that independent exploration becomes more difficult and costlier.

No matter where you are, ashore or on board, every moment of your world journey will be an illuminating experience whether you are on your way to Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and Europe, the Caribbean, the Americas and Alaska, Africa, or Australia and Asia.
Global travel also gives you the option to experience local daily life up close and personal.

Take the opportunity to explore the arts, culture, cuisine, history, and natural beauty of your destination with one of the many special events and activities provided on a cruise. new-zealand-2492599__340.jpg

These unforgettable voyages give you insight into worlds other people can only visit in their dreams. And relish the many benefits such as stress-free travel, a place to hang your coat, and the peace of mind knowing you will not have to spend extra money on meals.
Whatever you decide to do, traveling on the world’s oceans, rivers, and seas will let you experience the wonders of the of the lands you visit all while enjoying the relaxation you seek.

Cruises to the Baltic Region and Scandinavia

Don’t disregard the Baltic states when traveling by sea to Scandinavia, as the region offers lovely Old Towns to explore and a rich history that dates back to medieval times and the Hanseatic League.
If you wish to visit major cosmopolitan cities, some of the world’s “most livable” are in Scandinavia. Everyone will encounter something to like in Norway, from its colorful Viking history to the beautiful fjords. Other not-to-miss sights include Helsinki’s Neoclassical and Art Nouveau museums, the “Venice of Scandinavia” in Stockholm, and the red roofs and delicate steeples in Tallinn.

Of course, anyone taking a trip through this region must make a point of witnessing the northern lights display.

Russia, the biggest nation in the world, is situated at the crossroads between the European and Asian continents. The glorious Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg is a something you cannot skip when visiting Russia. After a tour of Moscow’s iconic Red Square, stop for a meal and sample Russia’s celebrated caviar and blini pancakes.

The Diversity of Africa

Follow in the footsteps of early colonizers from Germany, Britain, Portugal, and The Netherlands when you go on a cruise to Africa. By stopping in diverse nations from Madagascar to Mozambique and Senegal to Mauritius, you will experience the significant influence of colonialism as well as tribal traditions that are still around today. South Africa boasts beautiful mountainous terrain, while at the other end of the spectrum, the desert landscape of Namibia will leave you without words. Chefs and foodies alike will want to stop on the beautiful tropical archipelago of Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island” due to its abundance of valuable spices including cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

The Delights of the Caribbean Islands and the Americas

There is an abundance of natural wonders in all areas of the Caribbean and the Americas, as well as incredibly diverse cultures and lifestyles throughout.

Appreciate the laid-back lifestyle of all Caribbean islands, while noting the assortment of languages and cultures that speak to the early inhabitants of each island from faraway lands including Spain, France, Britain, The Netherlands, and Africa.

The countries that make up Central America, which links North and South America, have fascinating histories and breathtaking landscapes. From the remains of famous civilizations including the Aztec, Maya, and Olmec to the colorful jungles of Costa Rica, there is something for everyone.

The historic Panama Canal is intriguing for its impressive effect on world commerce.

In North and South America you will find many extraordinary sights as well as spectacular beauty.

A stop in Canada will give you the chance to visit an 11th century Viking colony called L’Anse aux Meadows or wander through the lovely streets of Quebec City.

A cruise along the west coast of the United States will take you to Alaska, where you can see for yourself the dazzling natural beauty of its glaciers, or sail along the east coast to visit the modern cities.

Continuing southward, travelers will find jaw-dropping ruins, a broad diversity of cultures and peoples, and world music we all recognize, and may have even danced to.
Cruise to Brazil and the vibrant beach city of Rio de Janeiro or visit the rain forests of the Amazon River. In Chile, stop in the city of Valparaiso, with its colorfully constructed houses climbing the sharp hillsides, or if you prefer stunning natural landscapes, visit the country’s breathtaking fjords and massifs.

See a dazzling live Tango show in the exciting city of Buenos Aires. Take an Antarctic cruise to the world’s southernmost continent and its nearly uninhabited icy land.

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