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Exotic Cruises


About 75% of the Earth is covered by the oceans and most great cities are seaports or very near the ocean. Taking a cruise is the easiest and most exciting way to see and explore these exotic locations. You can take a cruise to every continent and even take the ultimate adventure - a cruise around the world. This page examines some of those choices which grow in number and variety every year as cruising captures more and more guests.

 

 

World Cruises

The ultimate cruise and many people's lifetime dream (mine included) is to take a World Cruise. With three excellent choices, our top rated choice is the Regent's Seven Seas Voyager - our top rated ship overall and top rated cruise line. Regent offers the best service we've ever experienced. The food is outstanding and this ship offers 4 restaurants with open seating dining so you can eat with whom you want and when you want. Imagine yourself on a World Cruise with only 700 other guests on this outstanding ship!

A close second is Crystal's Serenity, which is also an excellent choice with exotic destinations that can’t be missed. Service and food is as good as Regent. And finally Holland America's classic Amsterdam of 61,000 tons offers a great more economical World Cruise. Crystal has been surpassed in the overall rankings by Regent's Voyager, which is an all-suite, all balcony ship the same size as Crystal Serenity but holds 250 fewer passengers. This is as good as it gets so book early as these World Cruises sells out quickly every year.

 

 

Regent Seven Seas Voyager our top rated World Cruise takes her World Cruise each January.Recently Regent Seven Seas Cruises offered a 145-night adventure, visiting 67 different ports in 30 countries across three continents. Departing San Francisco and ending in London (Southampton), this odyssey takes world travelers from small South Pacific islands to major capitals, from ancient monuments to modern wonders. The World Cruise can be purchased in its entirety, or in seven segments of 14 to 25 nights and features bonus savings of $2,000 to $25,000 per person and promotional Business Class upgrades. The itinerary varies every year so the choices are quite different from yer to year and from cruiseline to cruise line. Sometimes one can find space on the nearterm World Cruise and also have a totally different World Cruise on offer for the following year. These World Cruie itinerary offerings differ dramatically compared to two differnt cruiselines offering cruises to Sacndinavia/Russia for example where almost everyone goes to the same ports of call.

On the recent Regent 145-night World Cruise from San Francisco to Southampton they called on Hilo, Hawaii; Honolulu, Oahu; Lahaina, Maui; Christmas Island (Kiritimati); Moorea, French Polynesia; Papeete, Tahiti; Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Cross International Dateline; Nuku'Alofa, Tonga Islands; Bay Of Islands, New Zealand; Auckland, New Zealand; Tauranga, New Zealand; Cruise White Island, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; Lyttleton (Christchurch), New Zealand; Dunedin, New Zealand; Cruise Milford Sound; Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; Cruise Great Barrier Reef; Townsville, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Thursday Island, Australia; Darwin, Australia; Padang, Bali, Indonesia; Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia; Manila, Philippines; Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan; Inchon (Seoul). South Korea; Tianjin (Beijing), China; Shanghai, China; Fuzhou, China; Hong Kong; Da Nang, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand; Singapore; Port Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia; Penang (Pulau Pinang), Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Cochin, India; Mumbai (Bombay), India; Fujairah, U.A.E.; Dubai, U.A.E.; Muscat, Oman; Salalah, Oman; Aqaba (Petra), Jordan; Luxor & Valley Of Kings; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Port Said, Egypt; Suez Canal Transit; Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel; Haifa (Nazareth), Israel; Sorrento, Italy; Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Portovenere, Italy; Marseille (Provence), France; Barcelona, Spain; Malaga, Spain; Cadiz (Seville), Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Bilbao, Spain; Bordeaux, France; Honfleur, France; Southampton (London), England. 351 square foot Balcony Suites start at $ 75,999 per person.

Price includes:

Crystal Serenity

Our number two rated World Cruise is on Crystal Serentiy. Sail around the World and experience the Crystal difference aboard the Crystal Serenity. Guest lecturers, celebrities, renowned authors and distinguished journalists will tantalize you with their insights about ports you are about to visit. On your mark, get set, cruise!

A recnet example from Crystal was a 110-night World Cruise from Los Angeles to Dover.

Ports of Call: Departs From San Pedro (Los Angeles), California visiting Honolulu, Oahu; Moorea, French Polynesia; Papeete, Tahiti; Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Rarotonga, Cook Islands; Cross International Dateline; Nuku'Alofa, Tonga Islands; Lautoka, Fiji Islands; Auckland, New Zealand; Tauranga, New Zealand; Napier, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; Lyttleton (Christchurch), New Zealand; Picton, New Zealand; Port Chalmers (Dunedin), New Zealand; Cruise Dusky Sound; Cruise Milford Sound; Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia; Brisbane, Australia; Cruise Great Barrier Reef; Cairns, Australia; Darwin, Australia; Komodo Island, Indonesia; Padang, Bali, Indonesia; Singapore; Port Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Cochin, India; Mumbai (Bombay), India; Dubai, U.A.E.; Fujairah, U.A.E.; Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles; Mombasa, Kenya; Durban, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Walvis Bay, Namibia; Bom Bom Island Resort, Principe; Lome, Togo; Takoradi, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; Lisbon, Portugal; Dover (London), England

Ocean view was $53,240 pp, Balcony with 269 square feet starts at $57,730 pp

Voyage Guests Savings & Amenities:

* 2-for-1 per person fares (must book by September 30, 2010)
* "Save Now. Save Later." - Book one of the voyages listed above by September 30, 2010 and save 20% off a future 2011 or 2012 voyage
* Free Economy Air (or free Business Class Air in select categories when you combine four or more voyages)
* Up to $2,000 in “All-Inclusive. As You Wish.” CruiseBank spending credits on all voyages
* Commemorative World Cruise Gift
* Exclusive Crystal Society savings on every voyage for past guests


If you take the entire 110 day cruise from Los Angeles to London, as a Full World Cruise Guest you’ll enjoy:

* * World Cruise Gala and overnight luxury hotel accommodations on eve of departure in Los Angeles
* Free First Class or Business Class Air
* Chauffeured private car/minivan transfers between the guest’s home and airport, airport to ship and back within 100 miles of the port city
* Two exclusive shoreside events
* Special onboard events exclusive to Full World Cruise guests
* Specially selected gifts
* Pre-paid shipboard gratuities
* $10,000 per couple ($5,000 per person) in “All-Inclusive. As You Wish.” CruiseBank spending credits
* Up to $20,000 per couple (up to $10,000 per person) additional savings for Crystal Society Members
* Up to $8,000 per couple savings (up to $4,000 per person) for new-to-Crystal Full World Cruise guests


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Exotic Destination Cruises

Australia/New Zealand

Sydney is one of the most beautiful port cities in the world.

Australia and New Zealand are two of the fastest growing cruise destinations in the world. After the Sydney 2000 Olympics more and more people want to cruise to these wonderful destinations with the most friendly people in the world and some of the most beautiful and interest sites to see anywhere.

Most cruises to Australia and New Zealand begin or end in Sydney. The season for these cruises is during their summer time and our winter, so cruises are usually between November to March. This is a lovely time of the year to visit these great countries. These cruises are typically about 14-nights long and many include ports of calls in Melbourne, Tasmania, Milford Sound in New Zealand which are as spectacular as the Norwegian Fjords, Doubtful Sound, Dunedin (strong Scottish influence), Christchurch (strong British influence with beautiful gardens and their own Avon River), Tauranga, and Auckland, New Zealand.

Some cruises from/to Australia include Bali, Indonesia and Singapore for even more exotic locations. Often segements of world cruises incldue Australi segments.

Our favorite cruise lines to Australia/New Zealand are Crystal or Regent for luxury cruises. Royal Caribbean now offers these cruises on the lovely Radiance of the Seas for a great premium value option compared to the luxury brands. Prices vary dramatically from premium to luxury rates. Please keep in mind that round-trip U.S. airfares to Australia will add about $1500 to $2000 to the total cost.

 

Tahiti

Our favorite ship to Tahiti is Paul Gauguin. She does mostly 7-night cruises round-trip from Papeete She does a few longer cruises around Christmas/New Years. This is a small luxury vessel that holds only 300 highly pampered guest. This is a great way to see multiple islands in style & comfort. We highly recommended Paul Gauguin for Tahiti.. Prices start around $2495 per person plus low cost air add-ons of only $599 to $999 for an oceanview cabin (there are no inside cabins). We recommend you pay a little extra and get a cabin with a private balcony. You won't ever cruise without one again.

Regent used to operate offers the Paul Gauguin but she is now operated independently, by Paul Gauguin Cruises.

 

 

 

 

 

South America/Antarctica/Africa!

South America is becoming another fast growing destination as North American's start to explore their Southern friends. South American cruises include cruises around Cape Horn between Santiago and Buenos Aires or Rio De Janeiro (pictured to the right). There are also cruises that go deep into Brazil

These cruises range from about 12-days to 61 days. Most are 14-night cruises. Our favorite cruise ships to South America are:

 

Our favorite South America cruise is the 60-day complete circling of South America on out top rated Regent Seven Seas Mariner . This fantastic ship holds only 700 people. Every cabin is a suite with a private balcony and at least 301 square feet. The Circle South America cruise usually starts in January at about $25,000 per person for a balcony cabin. What a cruise! Great ship and an incredible itinerary. You can purchase the whole tour or just one of the three segments.

 

14-night South America cruises on Celebrity Infinity - Only luxury class ships like Regent & Crystal are better ships than Infinity but no ships beat their value. Sailings are between Ft. Lauderdale & Valparaiso in Decmeber or January, then several sailings featuring the outstanding itinerary between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires (a great city to spend extra time in before or after the cruise), and later from Valparaiso back to Ft. Lauderdale in March. There is also usually one cruise that features Carnaval with the ship docking in Rio for a few days so you can enjoy Carnaval. Please book about a year in advance if possible and check our Great Deals page for best values to South America.

 

 

Antarctica Cruises - Celebrity Infinity has 1 or 2 Antarctica cruises each year and Azamara Journey also offers one. With new environmental protection laws going into effect in the number of options may be reduced soon. Pleae check with us for the latest information and options. There are an extremely limited number of these cruises available each year usually around January or February("summer" in the Antarctic). Let us know what you may be looking for and we'll search all the crurrent offerings. You will need to book well in advance.

 

African Safari Cruisetours

 

These are getting harder to find and most vendors have stopped offering these. Expect these only on selected luxury cruise ship sailings as an option before or after a cruise. Regent tpically has an offering as does Silver Sea. What a way to go!

 

In the past there have been complimentary 3-night Treasures of Egypt land tour included with some Silversea cruises. Celebrity Equinox (or Silhouette in 2011) offers 12 or 13-night Egypt and Israel cruises each fall roundtrip from Rome. These are outstanding cruises with two days in Alexandria so you can see and touch the pyramids. You cannot imagine or comphrehend the size of the pyramids until you stand at their base and touch these awe inspiring structures. It is truly a once in a lifetime dream come true - like walking on the great wall. Celebrity makes this possible for a very affordable price. We took this cruise recently and we loved it - we highly recommend this itinerary and Celebrity Equinox and her new twin Silhouette in 2011.

 

 

 

Asia/Transpacific

There are a few cruise lines offering Asia and Transpacific cruises. They are often parts of a World Cruise. Holland America, Azamara, Crystal and Regent offer a limited number of sailings to Asia. WE recently took an Azamara cruise from Beijing to Hong Kong with stops in Japan & Korea. It was outstanding and I still can't believe I got to walkon the Great Wall. The cities of Beijing and Shanghai are amazing. Let us know what you may be looking for and we'll search all the crurrent offerings.

 



 


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