The 5 Best Cruises For Exploring The World
Wonders of Japan
Cruise up to the ports of Japan with Abercrombie & Kent. The L’Austral is a luxurious all-balcony ship hosting 199 guests. This 14-day adventure explores both interior and coastal areas of Japan like Kyoto, Karatsu, Otaru and Matsue. Experience shore excursions that delve deeper into Japanese culture, architecture and arts, including the historical garden of Ritsurin Park and a geisha performance in Kanazawa’s Higashi Chaya District; abercrombiekent.com.
Silversea unveiled its 2018 exclusive global travel experiences to the most remote regions of the earth. A sampling of these luxurious extensions on select Silversea cruises include Rwanda, where guests can explore rainforests while seeking the majestic mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park; and Antarctica, where travelers can glimpse the colony of emperor penguins in Atka Bay with a luxury stay at Whichaway Camp; silverseacouture.com.
Rhone River Cruise Biking
Experience “The Art of Slow” through Butterfield & Robinson. The S.S. Catherine departs from Avignon, France, on an eight-day cruise. Visit world-renowned wine regions such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes du Rhône and Beaujolais, and explore vineyard-covered hills by bike; butterfield.com.
Lord of the Glens
Dive deep into the history and culture of Scotland on this 48-guest ship. Connect with Scottish heritage and explore the countryside peppered with castles, beautiful moorlands and abbeys. Stroll among the ancient standing stones of Clava Cairns, which date back 4,000 years. And even kayak on Loch Ness, perhaps even spotting “Nessie”; expeditions.com.
South African Coastline
This nine-day cruise aboard Ponant’s Le Lyrial journies the coastal areas between Cape Town and Durban, exposing guests to not only cultural diversity but also 25,000 species of fauna and flora. Highlights include Port Elizabeth, known for its kindness toward visitors, and Richards Bay, which is the largest port in the country. Book soon as there are only 122 staterooms and suites; us.ponant.com.