Thursday, June 18, 2015

My Latest About Cruises

We all know that I am not a real fan of cruises.  I'm an explorer, and it goes against my grain to spend too much time on a ship and not enough soaking up the local culture.  That's me, and I know that a lot of people love to cruise, so once in a while I try to throw something in there that's an Adventure for Anyone.  So, I've found some rather unusual cruises that you might enjoy.

I have long touted river cruises as a great alternative to ocean voyages.  They tend to take smaller groups and stop at more places along the way.  You have less cruise time and more port time, which I love.  The cruise ships that Viking and other companies run still have great food, accommodations, and amenities.  You won't lose out there.  I don't think that they have any thrill rides or surfing spots, but that's okay.  I could pass on the full on casinos too.

Companies like Viking are famed for their exotic tours though.  Their trip through Russia is one of their best known, and it's a great way to see a land that pretty much requires some help.  You can't just go running off to Russia and see everything.  It's more complicated than that.  In this case I do advise that you take a tour or a cruise that will help you with the idiosyncrasies that go along with a trip to a place like Russia.

Sailing is another popular alternative to conventional cruise ships.  Windstar has been sailing around the world for years.  They have all kinds of cruises that go to all kinds of places.  It's a different feel, a different atmosphere and a different clientele.  You'll love it if you really like to go on a voyage and sail the seven seas.

These days there are all kinds of cruises that go all kinds of places.  I've talked about going to Cape Horn and Antarctica.  Those are pretty common.  Now there are some lines going to places like Abu Dhabi and the Azores.  They are getting out there.  You can cruise up the Amazon and down the Nile.  You can take a river boat on the Mississippi.  There are various cruises to places like Alaska, Hawaii, and Norway.  It all depends on what you like.  They have all kinds of activities as well.  They even have cruises for Swingers.  I won't get into that, but they exist.

Being a foodie has been all the craze lately.  Our society used to cook, because it was necessary.  Now, people can just heat and eat, and with their busy lifestyles, it's easy for them.  Along comes Bourdain and crew and makes being a foodie a thing, so several cruise lines, like Oceania, are offering cooking cruises.  There are the kind where you try different dishes and wines and are hosted by celebrity chefs.  On Oceania though, you get to go to school.  That's right, they offer a culinary arts course on the cruise.  This is something very different to do while on a cruise.  It's affordable as cooking schools go and it's a lot of fun.  It's something new to try on a great cruise line.  You'll still have luxury and a lot of things to do.  You'll still go to great ports of call and see wonderful things.  But, you'll get an education in how to cook as well.  It's a lot of fun.

It's the land of the frozen north.  For centuries men died trying to find that passage across the northern side of the American continent.  Now, you can go and see it on a cruise.  There are a few companies that offer the cruise of the Northwest Passage.  Abercrombie and Kent are the ones that I'm acquainted with.  These cruises are expensive and they take sometimes weeks to go on.  But, if you really want something different, jump on a modified icebreaker and head out to the arctic north.  The scenery is something that you won't ever see anywhere else and it reminds you that we really should save the planet.

I've long been looking for a way to travel all around the world "By Any Means" as Charley Boorman did from Ireland to Australia and beyond.  The northwest passage cruises tend to go from Greenland to as far as Anadyr Russia. What this does is bridge the gap that I have previously not found a way to bridge between Greenland and Canada.  Just had to mention that.  But, at any rate, you get a great trip to see what northern life is really like.  You get to visit up to four countries and have a great chance to see the northern lights.  It's a fascinating trip and it's one that shouldn't be missed.

So, if you like to take cruises, these are probably not for you.  If you're not really into that and you've always wanted to try it, think about these.  It's a great way to combine real adventure with cruising.

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