From exotic, remote islands to sophisticated, steadfast cities, our 2018 bucket list is looking more exciting than ever! Start the year off right, and book a cruise to these coveted destinations.
Be Adventurous in Patagonia
Experience the untouched marvels of this diverse region in South America from the comforts of your luxurious cruise Veranda. Explore the southernmost region of the globe for rugged terrains filled with snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, glacial lakes, lagoons, fishing villages, and undisturbed islands. Shore excursions include closer looks at elephant seals, sea lions, Magellanic penguins, and migrating whales.
Sunbathe in Croatia
With over 1,200 islands in this country, it’s easy to find your gleaming spot in the sun. However, the finest destination is not surrounded by water but wedged between the ultra-marine Adriatic Sea and the wild, jagged mountains of the Dinaric Alps. Dubrovnik is a transportive Medieval gem that still has its original walled city holding the secrets of a rich and peppered past. Look forward to activities, such as driving along the coastline to the magical botanical gardens, the Arboretum, or kayaking along the shoreline while admiring the uneven cliffs. If you feel like a day of relaxing, head to Lopud Island, once the home base of famous sea captains and sailors. The sandy beaches and subtropical terrain are ideal for a lazy day spent reading a book or observing the stunning scenery.
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Go Exploring in Montenegro
This newcomer is gaining momentum as more cruise lines such as Princess, Celebrity, and Viking are adding it to their itineraries. Just south of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea, Kotor is the cultural and scenic city of choice. Open your eyes to a world imbued with Rumi-like enchantment and poetic discourse. Bordering the Boka Bay, it’s surrounded by ancient limestone cliffs and is Europe’s grandest fjord. Escape the crowds through the winding streets of stone houses, medieval palaces, and charming churches dating back to the 12th century. It’s a historic wonderland. At night, bask in the Old-World glow of streets bustling with taverns, cafés, and friendly pubs. Other cities we’re excited about are Bodva, Lastva, and Njegusi.
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Be Invigorated in Bangkok, Thailand
Already considered the world’s most visited city with over 21 million tourists annually, you may be wondering what we have to look forward to in 2018? Besides the incredible energy, picturesque sights like the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kreo and Buddhist temple complex Wat Po, and the modern Thai architecture, Bangkok is reaching its full culinary maturity with the arrival of the Michelin Guide. Already heralded for its insanely delicious and sophisticated cuisine—2018 is filled with promise of those shining Michelin stars that will transform the foodie landscape into a navigable terrain of Tom Yum Goong and Pad Krapow Moo Saap. Feeling hungry? So are we!
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Feel the Luck of the Irish in Ireland
The winds of exchange rates are in your favor. Ireland is back on the map and ready for global visitors after the surprise hit of Hurricane Ophelia. Most travelers gravitate towards Dublin—however, Cork, the second largest city, is our favorite. In conjunction with the usual sights like visiting City Market, exploring Muckross House and Gardens, and traveling through Derrynasaggart Mountains—Cork is thriving with an international energy that has hints of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern restaurants popping up along the River Lee. But it’s really the new craft breweries that are on our radar. If you are a beer aficionado or enjoy a cold one here and there, visit Elbow Lane Brew and Smoke House, featured in the New York Times December 14, 2017 article “36 Hours in Cork, Ireland (and Beyond).” Apparently, we aren’t the only ones excited about visiting Ireland this year. Do yourself a favor and book in advance, cruises are filling up fast to see this historic and rewarding destination.
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This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring all of the exciting travel opportunities in 2018. Traveling is good for the spirit and soul. Cross some countries off your bucket list and contact a Personal Vacation Manager at 800-709-9507 to reserve a multi-country cruise now!