Cruising has caught on, and in 2013 the cruise lines will be crisscrossing the world’s oceans visiting all seven continents and delivering amazing experiences to all of the passengers that choose to see the world from a ship. Gone are the days when cruises were associated with retirees who just wanted to visit the Caribbean; these days cruises welcome all, old, young and in between and have exciting world-wide itineraries to China, Brazil and the Middle East to name a few. Here is our list of five of the most exiting cruise destinations for 2013.
This city is rich with music, food and culture. Here you can listen to a jazz great bring the house down with his saxophone at Preservation Hall, then go out for a seafood gumbo followed by an evening sipping on the city’s famous Hurricane cocktail. It’s a place where you can truly find yourself immersed in a unique culture. Cruise ships have been docking in New Orleans for years, but now Avalon Waterways, known for their sophisticated European river cruises will be hosting several cruises along the Mississippi River visiting New Orleans and Memphis along the way.
Princess cruises is once again visiting the fascinating island country of Japan. Japan has become a wonderful country for Americans and Westerners to visit to understand both the intriguing history of their ancient traditions, but to also explore Tokyo, a mega metropolis where everything seems to be on the cutting edge. Aside from culture, Japan also offers a lot of nature and wildlife to explore as well, like Mt. Fuji and the hot springs in Beppu.
Giant Turtles and Blue-footed Boobies, need I say more? The unique indigenous birds, lizards and mammals that call the Galapagos Islands home truly make these islands worth a visit. These animals have been studied and written about for years because this isolated string of islands has allowed them to evolve in ways not found anywhere else in the world. In fact, Galapagos is more than 900 nautical miles from the closest continent. Cruise ships are now traveling to this far off corner of the world and giving travelers a chance to, scuba dive, snorkel and explore the exotic creatures that are the true stars of Galapagos.
South America is a boom spot for travel in 2013. And a true gem in this vast continent is Chile. Chile is a sliver of a country that stretches 2,880 miles from north to south, but never exceeds 265 miles east to west. Despite this awkward shape there is a lot of different activities to partake in and cultures to experience in Chile. For instance, Chileans can surf giant waves and then drive into the Andes to ski in a single day. There is also the Atacama Desert in the North and Tierra del Fuego, which is the closest land to Antarctica in the south of the country. Chile has great golf courses, vineyards and the enigmatic Easter Island where anthropologists still study the head shaped Moai statues.
This European capital will be shining this year, as there are several anniversaries to celebrate. Starting with the 400th anniversary of the city’s canal system. This city gets a special feel from its canals and this year the city is planning on events to honor this structure that helped this below sea level city with drainage allowing for land use. This year also marks the re-opening of the Rijksmuseum, an art museum that is home to Dutch masterpieces like Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch.” The Van Gogh Museum, which is dedicated to the creative painter, reopens this year as well. So take in this special city on a Northern European cruise this year.
So if you haven’t made plans to cruise to one of these destinations in 2013 it’s about time you call up your travel agent, because these cities and countries are waiting to inspire, excite and entertain you.
Karolina Shenton is a cruise consultant at The Cruise Web. The Cruise Web is a travel agency that specializes in cruising. The expert cruise consultants focus on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cruise vacation!