- The world is getting smaller.
- People are traveling more.
- More people are traveling.
- Cruise ships are getting larger and are fitted with more amenities.
- Travelers are becoming more sophisticated and experienced.
- Europe and the Caribbean are getting more "Been There. Done That!" even for many Millennials.
|Proboscis Monkey in Borneo, Malaysia taken while on an|
Azamara Club Cruise Bali, Indonesia to Osaka, Japan
- Discovering nature.
- Discovering unspoiled cultures.
- Discovering quiet.
- Discovering WOW!
Some people automatically think that a cruise is clearly not the way to engage nature or the exotics. Ironically, in many instances, cruising is not only the best way; it is the ONLY way. (You think you can just fly into that tiny Seychelles island or Cambodian village? Not happening!)
And, to be honest, because of the aforesaid misperception, there are some pretty great deals to be had this winter and spring...just waiting for the sophisticated (or simply adventurous) traveler.
Here is a bit of a rundown of some of the major truly exotic destination cruise lines and generally what they are offering in the way of style, amenities and locales. If you want more information (or, 'er um, want to really "explore" your options) give me a call or drop me an email.
Seabourn provides more of a traditional luxury cruise, with a highly inclusive product, but with expedition adventures. It has received stellar reviews from those seeking a taste of the exotic expedition, but with all the comfort, service and cuisine they expect on a Seabourn cruise. Seabourn has operated Antarctic cruises for a few years now and, it seems, they get better and better.
|Seabourn Quest - January 2016|
Photo courtesy of Captain Geir-Arne Thue-Nislen
|A little hike in Norway |
after a zodiac expedition around the northernmost point in Europe
|Silversea Expedition's Silver Explorer|
Silversea's fleet includes:
- The 132 guest Silver Explorer, its flagship and most traveled expedition ship, visiting Antarctica (most being 10 day voyages, but three are extended with immersive exploration of South Georgia Island, for example), Greenland and Iceland, and, as it travels to/from there a Britain and Europe, West Coast of Africa and Central and South America.
- The 120 guest Silver Discoverer offers some truly exotic and unusual itineraries from Russia's Far East and East Asia to Northern Australia, New Zealand, Micronesia, Melanesia and French Polynesia (including roundtrip Papeete, Tahiti)
- The 100 guest Silver Galapagos rotating seven day itineraries of the North Central and Western Galapagos Islands providing seven and fourteen day opportunities to explore this fascinating area.
- Starting in November 2017, after an extensive refurbishment, Silversea's 200 guest Silver Cloud will join Silversea Expeditions (and renamed Silver Cloud Expedition) with a series of Antarctic cruises, presumably providing a more typical luxury cruise experience, but with expedition opportunities.
Silversea Expedition current ships are purpose built and are able to visit, and explore in depth, some extremely remote and otherwise inaccessible locales while also providing you with an all-inclusive experience from complimentary beverages to butler service...and with complimentary expedition activities and shore excursions in all ports.
Crystal Cruises is doing some pretty amazing things of late, working hard to re-brand and refocus itself. Presently there are two exotic cruises that are worth mentioning.
|Crystal Esprit and its two man submarine|
(And you may even be given the chance to drive it!)
In a one-off sailing the Crystal Serenity has a 32 day Northwest Passage cruise from Anchorage to New York departing August 16, 2016 traveling well above the Arctic Circle above Canada.
AmaWaterways has three more exotic itineraries that are well worth considering. One of my personal favorites is their Vietnam and Cambodia combination of land and Mekong River cruise where you spend time in North Vietnam in Hanoi and Halong Bay, fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia visiting Angkor Wat and other temples, then travel down the Mekong River to Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) on a 164 passenger upscale river cruise ship.. It is far more in-depth and personal than any ocean cruise could possibly offer. "Life-changing", "Incredibly Insightful", "Awe-Inspiring" and "Unlike anything I have ever experienced" are phrases used to describe this experience.
|AmaWaterways Mekong River cruise through Cambodia|
Ox Cart Ride to a Buddhist Temple
Myanmar is another exotic destination that AmaWaterways explores in-depth with a 14 day river cruise, stopping at 18 different destinations along the way; offering you are more than the typical ocean cruise 3-4 day orchestrated experience.
|Lindland's National Geographic Orion|
providing one of its more luxurious expedition/exotic experiences
|G Adventures Peruvian Amazon River Cruise|
The opportunities for exotic or expedition travel is not limited to what I have mentioned so far. In fact, because there are so many different levels comfort, depth of experience, time constraints, distances to travel, etc., virtually every travel operator touches upon exotic, if not expedition, travel. I would, for example, be remiss if I did not mention the breadth and quality available from Ambercrombie & Kent (having sent clients on very successful journeys from India to Patagonia), Tauck (for a more polished luxury experience) or Big Five Tours (who have put together an incredible ultra-luxury African safari and shark diving experience for some of my clients).
It is a big world out there! Goldring Travel is here with the experience, knowledge, service and connections to not only assist you, but to assure your expectations are exceeded...while staying within your budget!
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