Some travelers crave extraordinary experiences that go beyond the typical Caribbean cruise. For those adventurous souls who seek something truly unique, we have handpicked five exceptional cruise itineraries that are sure to inspire, captivate, and ignite a sense of wanderlust. These off-the-beaten-path journeys are tailored for the adventurers, the cruisers weary of the usual routes, and those yearning for a taste of something different.
Abu Dhabi to Mumbai
Embark on a journey of opulence and discovery with Oceania Cruises’ 10-day Sumptuous Arabia voyage, unveiling the splendors of India and the Middle East. Departing from Abu Dhabi, you’ll visit captivating destinations such as Doha, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dubai, and Muscat before reaching the vibrant city of Mumbai. With this cruise itinerary, immerse yourself in the region’s diverse cultures and histories, explore several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the cultural gem of Sharjah, and enjoy unique experiences such as spotting the Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin during a whale-watching excursion.
Alaska & Japan
Lindblad Expeditions presents an awe-inspiring 20-day cruise itinerary named A Journey from Nome to Tokyo: Ring of Fire to Ainu Culture. This unique voyage connects the rugged landscapes of Alaska with the captivating culture of Japan. From the remote islands of St. George and St. Paul to the untouched beauty of Akan Mashu National Park, this expedition-style cruise showcases the raw wildlife and awe-inspiring natural wonders of both regions. You’ll get to immerse yourself in the traditions of the Ainu people of Japan and culminate your adventure with a few days exploring the vibrant city of Tokyo.
Philippines & Indonesia
Windstar Cruises, renowned for its small-ship operations in Tahiti and French Polynesia, offers an exceptional cruise to the Philippines and Indonesia. Embark on a 14-day trip sailing from Hong Kong to Benoa (Bali) to discover an enchanting world. From the picturesque Hundred Islands National Park to the bustling metropolises of Manila and Boracay’s blissful paradise, this voyage introduces you to the lesser-known destinations. Delving into local Dutch heritage, visiting an orangutan rehabilitation center, and tantalizing your taste buds with delightful new dishes are also on offer.
The Ohio River
No list of unique cruise itineraries would be complete without a river cruise, and American Queen Voyages offers a distinctive opportunity close to home for many travelers. Experience the charm of the Ohio River with a 9-day itinerary onboard the American Countess paddle-wheeler, journeying from Louisville to Pittsburgh. Traverse the picturesque waterway, stopping at captivating cities such as Madison, Cincinnati, and Marietta. Dive into the region’s rich history, visit the National Underground Railroad Heritage Center, explore the historic riverboats of Ohio’s oldest city, and soak up the scenic beauty along the way.
West Africa & Cape Verde
Escape the ordinary and set sail along Africa’s western coastline and the islands of Cape Verde with the Hurtigruten Expeditions cruise. Departing from bustling cities like Banjul and Dakar, you’ll uncover hidden gems along this itinerary, such as the captivating island of Santiago and the UNESCO-designated Bissagos archipelago. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local cultures, encounter breathtaking natural wonders, and gain a newfound appreciation for the rich historical legacy that stretches back thousands of years.